HOUSTON — Jimmy Jones returned home to the state of Texas to make his major league debut, and found pitching in the major leagues much to his liking.
Jones, 22, allowed only one hit--a two-out, third-inning triple to Bob Knepper--to lead the Padres to a 5-0 victory over the division-leading Houston Astros.
"It was nice to be able to perform in front of my family," said Jones, who is from Dallas. "I was pretty nervous and just trying to get by the first hitter, and stay calm after that."
Padre Manager Steve Boros was delighted with the performance of his young pitcher.
"We're not going too far (this year), and we want to get a look at some of our young pitchers," Boros said. "Ed Wojna and Ed Vosberg have looked good in previous starts, but this one is going to be tough to top."