He even took the number “44,” because the number he wore his first five major league seasons was taken and because Jake Peavy wore “44” and was Musgrove’s favorite player back in the day.
“I was far from efficient tonight, but I made big pitches when I needed to,” Musgrove said after improving to 7-0 and lowering his major league-leading ERA to 1.50.
His 1.50 ERA is the second lowest by a Padres pitcher through the first 11 starts of a season. The lowest: Peavy’s 1.47 at the beginning of his Cy Young campaign in 2007.
The Padres scored twice in the second, fourth, sixth and seventh innings, and Manny Machado hit his 10th home run of the season in the third. Jake Cronenworth’s two-run double in the fourth and a run-scoring grounder in the seventh gave him 17 RBIs in the past six games. Jurickson Profar tripled to drive in a run, his seventh straight game with at leats one RBI. Trent Grisham doubled in a run and scored twice. Nomar Mazara and Ha-Seong Kim had three hits apiece, and Austin Nola was 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run.