Nading picks up first career save with Double-A San Antonio
The 6-foot-5 closer struck out the side in the ninth inning to secure a 5-3 win over the Northwest Arkansas Naturals and earn his first career save.
“It was an amazing feeling,” Nading told me. “First affiliate save of my career and in the highest level I’ve ever been at.”
The parent MLB club of the San Antonio Missions is the San Diego Padres.
The 28-year-old right-handed reliever has bounced around baseball for the last several years, primarily as a starting pitcher and setup man.
Now he’s found a new team, and a new role as closer.
In tonight’s debut, he gave up two base hits and one run while striking out three.
“The hits were weak groundballs, so that didn’t bother me at all,” Nading said. “But then a passed ball got stuck under the backstop pads and the guy scored from second base, so just a freak situation.”
It wasn’t a clean inning, but he did blow batters away with his mix of hard fastballs and biting sliders.
“Getting three Ks made it very satisfying,” he said. “My slider was very strong and guys were swinging and missing over and over.”