SAN DIEGO (AP) — It all proved to be better than expected for rookie Andrew Werner.
The left-hander could barely believe the news two days ago that the San Diego Padres were calling him up to the majors. But Werner made the most of his opportunity.
"If you have told me two years ago, I would be facing Andrew McCutchen in a big league game, I would have told you that you were crazy," Werner said.
But he struck out McCutchen, the NL batting leader, to end the first inning and handled the rest of the Pirates with ease as San Diego swept the three-game series.
"He was hitting his spots, which makes most pitchers effective," McCutchen said. "He kept the ball down. He could get hurt if he leaves stuff up, but he didn't do that."
The Padres have beaten Pittsburgh in 18 of 21 games.
"You just don't want to get boat raced in your first inning," Werner said. "It was just nice getting through the first one and getting back in the dugout."
Quentin had three RBIs for the second straight game, including a two-run double in the first inning and an RBI single in the fifth.
The 25-year-old Werner, who was called up from Triple-A Tucson earlier in the day, allowed four hits, walked four and struck out two.