Robbie Erlin’s fifth major league start Wednesday night was also part of an audition.
Recalled from Triple-A Tucson and added to the Padres rotation after Edinson Volquez was jettisoned last weekend Erlin is pitching for his future as well as the present.
Both looked pretty good Wednesday night as Erlin held the Diamondbacks to one run on six hits over six innings as the Padres defeated Arizona 5-1 to salvage the final game of a three-game series.
“Robbie threw the ball well” Padres manager Bud Black said after the 22-year-old left-hander evened his record at 2-2 and lowered his earned run average from 7.15 to 5.97.
“He led with his fastball but his mix (fastball slider change up curve) came into play. His fastball at the top of the zone had life and carry. His arm and hand speed were as good as I’ve seen from his this year. He was throwing great.”
Erlin stopped short of great.
“I left a couple off-speed pitches up” said Erlin “And I had two two-out walks. I was just trying to...