Sept. 4, 2002
SAN DIEGO, CA - Doug Nickle, who pitched for Cal from 1995-97, picked up his first major league win on Sunday, Sept. 1 as the San Diego Padres defeated the Colorado Rockies, 9-5.
Nickle was traded to San Diego from the St. Louis Cardinals and made his first appearance in a Padres uniform on Sunday. He pitched a scoreless fifth inning despite walking and hitting a batter. Nickle was able to get out of a bases loaded jam by getting Victor Santos to fly out and Juan Uribe to ground out to first.
"I'm in baseball heaven," said Nickle, who has had stints in the major leagues with the Philadelphia Phillies and the Cardinals. "The Padres have great guys on the team. They are real laid back, yet very professional."
On Tuesday, Sept. 3, Nickle pitched the ninth inning with no hits and one strikeout in San Diego's 6-2 loss to the Houston Astros, He was competing against another Golden Bear standout, Geoff Blum.
Blum is having an outstanding season for the Astros, batting .292 with 19 doubles, four triples, eight home runs and 50 RBI. Against the Padres on Tuesday, he went 3-for-4 with a double, triple and RBI. Blum did not face Nickle in the ninth.
In other professional baseball new concerning former Cal athletes, hard-throwing right-hander Tyler Walker was called up to the 40-man roster for the New York Mets. Walker, who played for the Bears from 1996-97, was a No. 2 round draft of the Mets in the 1997 Major League Amateur Draft.