Tyson Ross turned in his best outing as a Padre this evening, pitching eight shutout innings for the Padres, in a 2-1 over San Francisco.
The pessimist can focus on the Padres lack of offense yet again, however, Tyson Ross was absolutely outstanding. Ross changed speeds, pounded the strike zone and did not allow much hard contact against the Giants. He used his mid-90's fastball to set up his filthy slider, which generated plenty of strikeouts by the overmatched Giants club.
Ross pitched dazzled for eight innings, allowing just four hits and one walk, to go with nine strikeouts. Ross was extremely economical with his pitches, as he threw only 100 in his eight innings. He was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the eighth.
Yasmani Grandal, who pinched-hit for Ross, homered to give the Padres a pivotal insurance run in the bottom of the eighth.
Ross had a rough start to the season, but he has given up just one run in his last 15 innings, with 16 strikeouts and two walks. He dropped his ERA to a sparkling 2.13.
Andrew Cashner has garnered a tremendous amount of attention this season, but Tyson Ross is quietly turning into a potential ace himself. Ross is an outstanding pitcher with a plethora of talent. The Padres have one of the better rotations in baseball, and Ross is a prime example of why I expect the team to contend this year.