On Friday . . . .
Richardson High School righthander Jose Padilla: Complete-game win (one earned run) in the Eagles’ playoff opener, a 13-4 win over Irving Nimitz.
Low A Hickory righthander Erik Swanson: Goes 5-1-0-0-1-7, improving his record to 3-0, 1.03 with 14 hits — all singles — and six walks allowed in 26.1 innings (.151/.202/.151), with 26 strikeouts. He’s making himself a legitimate prospect.
High A High Desert righthander Cole Wiper: Pitches into the fifth inning, holding Rancho Cucamonga to two runs in a 7-2 Mavericks win. Not his cleanest effort of the season, but he’s pitching in a tough environment and working toward rehabilitating his prospect status.
AA Frisco righthander Connor Sadzeck: Improves to 4-0, 2.60 (.179/.263/.299) with a dominant 7-2-1-1-3-9 effort in San Antonio, punching out a career-high nine and helping to push the RoughRiders’ record to 21-6. He’ll pitch in the Major Leagues this summer. For someone.
AAA Round Rock righthander Yu Darvish: Ramps up to three innings, throws 50 pitches, sitting 94-96, touching 97. Looks great. He’s going to return to the big league rotation, soon.
Texas Rangers lefthander Cole Hamels: Seven strong. Allows a hit to the first batter he faces (an Ian Kinsler single to right), and that’s it (7-1-0-0-2-9). Season-high nine strikeouts. Career-best 11-game win streak in the regular season, which is the second longest active streak in the big leagues. Team undefeated the five times Hamels has pitched after a Rangers loss (4-0, 3.15, with one no-decision).
Seventh time in franchise history a Rangers pitcher allows one hit in seven-plus with at least nine punchouts.
The previous two were turned in by Darvish.
Cole Hamels and Yu Darvish, together for the first time.
Won’t be long.