Clemens gets laugh, anger from manager in Padres' win
SAN DIEGO (AP) Padres starter Paul Clemens made his manager laugh Saturday night, then he made him angry.
Clemens briefly wore the wrong uniform after getting overzealous with pine tar but still outpitched Jake Thompson in the Philadelphia right-hander's major league debut, and San Diego beat the Phillies 9-7 on Saturday night.
Clemens began the game with his usual No. 47 but was asked to switch his jersey by the umpires because it had pine tar on it.
''Before he went up, he put more pine tar on his bat than a lot of guys use in a year,'' Padres manager Andy Green said. ''He managed to get it all over his uniform.''
Clemens switched to No. 91 with ''Player'' in the nameplate. He later switched back to his No. 47 before exiting the game after 4 1/3 innings.
The snafu got chuckles from teammates, including right-hander Jon Edwards, who taped over the name on his own jersey with ''Player #2 .''
''That was good for a laugh,'' Green said.
Green's mood soured when Clemens neglected to run out a bunt in the fourth inning. After recording an out in the fifth, Clemens was pulled.
''To me throwing the bat and not running to first base on a bunt is not going to happen,'' Green said.
Clemens said he was upset that Thompson went up-and-in on him on the pitch.
''I was thinking more about the pitcher and what he did rather than getting down the line quickly,'' Clemens said. ''I was more concerned with what transpired between me and the pitcher more so than the game.''
Green said he won't fine Clemens but that he had gotten under his skin for other ''minor things'' during the game.
''He made the right decision,'' Clemens said about Green's disciplinary move. ''I have the utmost respect for the skipper. I understood it completely.''
Thompson (0-1) gave up six runs and seven hits in 4 1/3 innings. He was a key part of last year's trade of Cole Hamels to the Texas Rangers.
Christian Bethancourt and Yangervis Solarte each had three RBIs
Buddy Baumann (1-0) relieved Clemens and pitched 1 2/3 innings with three strikeouts to earn the victory.
Pinch-hitter Jimmy Paredes hit a two-run homer to highlight a three-run ninth after San Diego went ahead 9-4 in the eighth.
The Padres padded their cushion in the sixth on a two-run single by Solarte, forging ahead 8-3.
Consecutive doubles in the fifth pushed the Padres in front 5-3, with Wil Myers' hit driving in Travis Jankowski. Ryan Schimpf added a sacrifice fly for a 6-3 edge.
Ryan Howard's second extra-base hit, a booming double, brought in Maikel Franco after he opened the fourth with a single, slicing the Padres' advantage to 4-2. Howard came around on Freddy Galvis' groundout, making it 4-3.
Howard smacked his 16th homer in the second inning, a one-out blast traveling 421 feet to pull the Phillies to within 4-1. It was the sixth homer allowed by Clemens in three starts with the Padres.
The Padres ambushed Thompson for four first-inning runs as they sent eight batters to the plate for a 4-0 lead.
''I wasn't nervous, I was kind of amped up,'' Thompson said. ''Especially in the first inning I wasn't able to spin the ball for strikes or get fastballs down in the zone.''
Phillies manager Pete Mackanin saw a youngster trying to do too much.
''Thompson was overthrowing obviously,'' he said. ''He was pumped up, it was his major league debut. It's obvious he has good stuff, but he just lacked command.''
Jankowski, who scored four runs, extended his five-game hitting streak with three hits and he reached on a walk.
Padres: RHP Tyson Ross (right shoulder, right ankle) threw a bullpen session and reported no pain. He last pitched on opening day. ... CF Jon Jay (right forearm) has yet to be cleared for baseball activities.
Phillies: RHP Jerad Eickhoff (6-12, 3.68) seeks his first win since July 4, having three losses and two no-decisions in his last five outings. Eickhoff blanked the Padres over seven innings and struck out nine on April 13 in a win.
Padres: RHP Jarred Cosart (0-1, 5.09) makes his second start with the Padres after coming over in last month's seven-player deal with the Miami Marlins. Cosart struggled with his command in his scoreless Padre debut, walking six batters in a 3 1/3-inning outing against the Milwaukee Brewers.