Statcast of the Day: Perdomo turns on jets

Statcast of the Day: Perdomo turns on jets

SAN DIEGO -- Put Luis Perdomo into the category of "pitchers who rake" -- and his wheels aren't so bad either.

The Padres' right-hander tripled in the second inning and then doubled in the fifth of Monday's 6-5 win against the Brewers. In the process, Perdomo became the first pitcher with a double and a triple in the same game since the Brewers' Manny Parra did so in July 2008. Perdomo also joined Madison Bumgarner as the only pitchers with multiple extra-base hits in the same game this season.

Perdomo showcased some serious speed with his second-inning triple as well, going home-to-third in 12.2 seconds. Among the 16 pitchers in the Statcast™ era to hit a triple, Perdomo's time ranks third, behind only Steven Matz and Raisel Iglesias.

"I was an outfielder [when I was young], so I know a little bit about the game and how to play," Perdomo said through a team interpreter. "I know how to hit, and I know how to run the bases."

On the play, Brewers center fielder Keon Broxton was inches from covering spectacular ground to make the catch. Broxton covered 65 feet in the 3.9 seconds he was afforded, but he overran the ball and lost it in the lights.

According to Statcast™, the liner had a 21 percent Catch Probability, making it a five-star play. Had Broxton made the grab, he would have tied Carlos Gonzalez and Odubel Herrera atop the leaderboard with three five-star catches.

Instead, Perdomo turned on the jets and cruised into third base with the first triple by a Padres pitcher since Tyson Ross did so on June 20, 2015.

"He can fly," said Padres manager Andy Green. "I've thought about pinch-running him a few times. It's very short strides, a heavy hunch, leaned over -- a compact running stroke. He moves well. He's a good athlete and he finally squared up some baseballs. He looked good in the box today."

Perdomo was stranded at third when Manuel Margot grounded out one batter later. For some pitchers, that might have spelled trouble in the ensuing frame. Not for Perdomo, who took the mound and struck out the side -- including Broxton -- in the top of the third.

Perdomo's great all-around game

Perdomo would finish with a career-high nine strikeouts on the night before he was pinch-hit for in the bottom of the sixth -- a move Green jokingly called "foolish" after the game, considering how important Perdomo had been to the Padres' offense all night.

Perdomo's triple plated the Padres' third run. He would score the fourth himself after a rocket double in the bottom of the fifth. It left the bat at 103.4 mph -- the second-hardest hit ball of Perdomo's career. On Monday night, only Jesus Aguilar managed to hit a ball harder against Perdomo.

So which did Perdomo enjoy more: His effort on the mound or at the plate? "I enjoyed those six innings with the nine strikeouts more," Perdomo said with a wry grin. "Because, again, I'm not a hitter. I'm a pitcher."

AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.