Perdomo paves way despite win eluding him

Perdomo paves way despite win eluding him

SAN DIEGO -- Luis Perdomo was still seeking his first victory of 2017 through nine starts after the Padres' 2-1 win over the Cubs on Wednesday, but that was certainly not a slight on his outing.

Perdomo turned in his finest start of the season, throwing a season-high seven innings and allowing a season-low three hits while matching his season low of one run allowed to lead the Padres to a sweep of the defending World Series champions.

"I think he mixed really well: He had the changeup, the slider, the fastball to both sides. He pitched up and in at times," Padres manager Andy Green said. "[Pitching inside] is something he hasn't done very successfully this year, and I thought that kept them from leaning out over and hitting balls to left field. I was really pleased with his effort today.

"It would be nice to get that guy a [win] at some point in time and score some runs for him."

Lack of run support has been a common theme for Perdomo this year. He entered the day with the fourth lowest run support in the National League.

Ryan Schimpf's team-leading 14th home run of the season -- a solo shot in the second -- proved to be the only run Perdomo received in the outing. But he kept the Padres close in part by holding the Cubs' left-handed hitters to an 0-for-14 mark.

"For me, it was just keeping that two-seam down against lefties and getting my four-seam up," Perdomo said through a team interpreter. "I always feel pretty good with my slider. It's my No. 2 pitch and my No. 2 weapon."

Perdomo faced a pivotal moment in the the second, hitting Anthony Rizzo to lead off the inning. Rizzo appeared upset after getting hit by the 93-mph fastball, but that didn't keep Perdomo from working inside. He also hit Willson Contreras in the seventh, but stranded him on third to end his day.

"I think it helped open things up," Perdomo said. "I was able to get in there and establish that pitch and I was able to attack with it low and away as well."

Solarte's smooth diving stop

The Cubs left a runner in scoring position in each of Perdomo's last three innings. A diving play by Yangervis Solarte likely kept Contreras from scoring in the seventh and Franchy Cordero's first Major League triple helped put the Padres ahead in the eighth, scoring on a Solarte fielder's choice.

"You've got to give their guy credit, Perdomo," Cubs starter Jake Arrieta said. "He threw the ball well today and had good sinking velocity. He didn't have a lot of strikeouts -- I was [one] of them -- but he forced a lot of weak contact. They were able to make one more play than us today."

Perdomo's outing comes on the heels of a superb start from rookie Dinelson Lamet in Tuesday's 6-2 win, and Green was enamored with the Padres' young pitching against a prolific lineup.

"You see a group of young players you don't need to dream on, you can just believe in them because you see what they've got," Green said. "It's exciting to see those guys show up."

Ryan Posner is a contributor to based in San Diego. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.