In the first part of the 21stepisode of the Sideline Sass Podcast, we talked with Padres relief pitcher Robert Stock and his fiancé Sara Krutewicz about Stock’s major league debut against the San Francisco Giants on Sunday June 24th, 2018. The call-up came as no surprise, as Stock boasted a gaudy 1.93 ERA with 24 strikeouts in 23 1/3 innings out of the bullpen with the El Paso Chihuahuas, the Padres Triple-A affiliate. Stock’s first batter, Joe Panik, hit a double that bounced off first baseman Eric Hosmer’s glove. He then struck out Alen Hanson on a full count slider and got pinch-hitter Austin Slater out on a grounder before striking out Giants lead-off hitter Gorkys Hernandez on another slider.
Stock talks with us about trusting his catcher Austin Hedges, keeping an eye on the digital radar gun and thriving in high pressure situations.
That 10thinning appearance marked a milestone in Stock’s 10-year journey through all the different levels of baseball – from signing with a major league organization to playing independent ball in New Jersey and back again.
Stock’s debut with the Padres came as a result of hard work, perseverance and a killer recovery routine. We talk with both Stock and Krutewicz about that whirlwind 24-hours after the call and what is in store for their future.
Relive Stock’s first moments on the major league mound with us in part one of our 21st podcast episode.