Blake Snell throws 7 no-hit innings

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PHOENIX – The Padres have finished their 53-year search for a no-hitter this season. In a few months, they also want to end the wait for their first World Series title.

Ultimately, it was this grand view that denied Blake Snell his chance at history at Chase Field on Tuesday night when Jayce Tingler made one of his toughest decisions since taking office as Padres manager. With a dominant Snell sitting on seven no-hit frames and 107 pitches, Tingler urged his bullpen to quit the job.

“That is the last thing you want to do,” said Tingler afterwards.

And although the pen didn’t complete the combo no-hitter, the Padres skipper got exactly the result he wanted – a 3-0 win over the D-Backs that put the Padres in a tie for the National’s second wild card League takes place in September.

Two strokes after Snells Hook, right-handed Pierce Johnson gave up the night’s first D-Back hit, an opposing field bloops from David Peralta’s racket. Even so, Johnson and his closer Mark Melancon took care of the d-backs with minimal effort.

In April, right-handed Joe Musgrove penned the first no-hitter in franchise history, perhaps taking some of the pressure off Tingler on Tuesday night. Snell failed to join Musgrove in the no-hit lore. But while his team gets into one of the most important months in franchise history, Snell is locked up and the Padres intend to keep it that way.

“It’s just smart,” said Snell. “Is it really worth doing 140, 130 pitches to try and get it? … you have to be smart. We have to win games and I’ve put the team in a great position to win – seven innings, no runs and we got the win. “

Snell had hit a career high of 122 pitches and 7 2/3 innings in his previous break against the Dodgers last week. With that in mind, the Padres coaching staff drew up a plan for Snell on Tuesday in which they would ease his workload. They’re going to need him for five or six crucial starts, mostly against playoff rivals, so they didn’t want to overtax him on Tuesday.

A simple schedule for Tuesday afternoons. But it got a lot tougher when Snell channeled the Cy Young-caliber version of himself and pitched seven of the most dominant innings of his career.

“We had the idea to be a little less aggressive this time with 122 pitches and eight innings, both his career highs,” said Tingler. “Do I think he could have finished it? Maybe. But we wanted to go to 135-140. get in? [pitch] Area? No, we don’t care.

“The main thing is to win the game tonight, keep throwing the ball and feel good forward.”

After his slow start to the season, Snell was one of the sport’s most dominant pitchers in August. He posted a 1.72 ERA over six starts with an absurd 13.3 strikeouts per nine innings. It was exactly the version of Blake Snell the Padres had envisioned when they sent a four-player package to Tampa Bay in late December.

“I’m just getting into my groove,” said Snell. “It only took a while. I never worried – all the stuff was there. But this is all new to me and I’m leaving [Tampa Bay] After 10 years there, it’s difficult. People don’t want to understand that. But it is like that. That’s what happened to me. I’ve finally made myself comfortable and in my zone, and now I can go. “

Snell allowed two walks while stroking 10 on Tuesday. He was dominant from the start, established his fastball early on and then got one chase after the other with his two elite break pitches. The Arizona hitters couldn’t do anything against Snell’s slider and curve, bringing only one breaking pitch into play all night – a slider that Jake McCarthy bounced weakly to first base, 51.1 mph from the racket.

“He’s messed us up more this time than in the past,” said Nick Ahmed, D-Backs shortstop. “He definitely threw a lot more curveballs. The slider was harder than we’ve seen it in the past. … When you have 96-98 with the high release and angle and throw your off-speed pitches extremely well like he did tonight, it’s been a tough night for us. “

For four innings, D-Back’s right-handed Zac Gallen exchanged zeros with Snell. But with two outs in fifth, Jake Cronenworth hit a single to the left. Then Manny Machado destroyed a 111.3 mph laser in the left seats, bringing the Padres 2-0 to the top.

Snell had his lead but just wasn’t efficient enough for his shot in history. Perhaps Snell would have gotten a chance at a different point in the season with slightly different stakes. But the Padres need this version of Snell on the track as often as possible, and they assume the best way to get it is to make sure it’s as fresh as possible.

“We need him for another five …” Machado began, then paused and paused himself, the visions of October Blake Snell dancing clearly in his head.

“[Screw] that, ”said Machado. “We need him for 10 more of them.”