Hahn excited about returning to Petco Park to face Padres
The Oakland Athletics acquired starting pitcher Jesse Hahn in the off-season in a trade involving catcher Derek Norris and the San Diego Padres, and on Monday night the two will face off when Hahn and the A's take on Norris and the Padres at Petco Park.
The assignment is especially meaningful for Hahn, who was given his first 'cup of coffee' in the Major Leagues with San Diego a season ago.
As Hahn told John Hickey of Inside the A's, he'd been looking forward to the A's interleague matchup with the Padres all season long: “The best moment in my baseball life was in Petco when I first got called up last year,’’ Hahn said. “I’ve been pointing to this series since the time I first saw the schedule.’’
Hahn will match up against Tyson Ross, himself an ex-A's pitcher who has blossomed into a quality young starting pitcher for San Diego, setting the stage for a potential pitching duel between two solid young starters.
As for Hahn, he's 3-5 so far with Oakland with a 3.84 ERA, though in his last six starts he's limited opposing hitters to just a .228 average. However, as Hickey points out, the A's tendency for committing errors has let him down a bit - he has allowed eight unearned runs so far in his starts, a figure that makes him a league leader in that category.