Padres pitcher Colin Rea had his major league debut Tuesday night, and it was a memorable one as the Padres beat the Reds 11-6. Rea allowed three earned runs and seven hits over five innings, and also hit a single to left field and scored a run. Rea became the fourth pitcher in franchise history to get a hit in his first major league plate appearance.
In front of more than 70 friends and family members who made the trip from Cascade, Iowa – his hometown – Rea exited the game after 75 pitches to a standing ovation.
Here are some quotes from Rea, manager Pat Murphy and catcher Austin Hedges, who has caught for Rea since their time in Single-A.
I couldn’t have pictured it going any other way. I was glad to get out there and enjoy the moment and help the team get a victory. I was definitely really nervous. When I got into the dugout all the guys were welcoming. It was just a great experience. I don’t even know how to describe it.
I think he showed incredible poise. I’m real happy for the young man. I’ve known him for awhile, and to see him come through the way he did, it was a great moment. It couldn’t have been a more perfect night for him. It’s something he’ll remember forever.
Catcher Austin Hedges:
To see him out here, us dreaming of being here and having the same goals since coming up together, and being able to catch him and watch him do his thing out there and get a win for us was pretty cool.
The Padres have a chance to sweep the Reds in Wednesday’s game. The team is currently 54-60.