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Clayton Richard | Starting Pitcher | #3

Team: San Diego Padres
Age / DOB:  (33) / 9/12/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 240
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: Michigan
Drafted: 2005 / Rd. 8 (0) / CWS
Contract: view contract details

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Clayton Richard twirled a three-hit shutout Wednesday in a win over the Phillies.
Richard was money all day, recording six strikeouts and only one walk while throwing 72 of his 114 pitches for strikes. He finished strong by retiring the last 10 batters he faced after yielding a two-out walk to Tommy Joseph in the sixth inning. Wednesday was Richard’s second complete game of the season and his first shutout. He’ll take a 4.84 ERA into his next outing Tuesday at St. Louis. Aug 16 - 9:03 PM

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Clayton Richard allowed three earned runs with eight hits and four walks over six innings in a no-decision Friday against the Dodgers.

Richard threw 60 of his 97 pitches for strikes to hold down the top-ranked offense in the National League. He has back-to-back quality starts for just the third time this season, but Richard is still searching for his first victory since June 13. He faces a favorable matchup at home on Wednesday when the Phillies pay a visit.
Aug 12 - 3:50 AM

Clayton Richard pitched well in a no-decision against the Pirates on Sunday, surrendering four runs (zero earned) on five hits across six innings.

Richard punched out five on the afternoon while walking just one. His defense did him no favors with a costly error in the third inning that led to all four runs against him being unearned. He'll look to further improve upon his troublesome 5.17 ERA and 1.58 WHIP when he does battle against the Dodgers in Los Angeles on Friday.
Aug 6 - 5:53 PM

Clayton Richard pitched decently in Sunday's loss to the Pirates, giving up four runs on seven hits in his six innings of work.

The veteran southpaw struck out five on the afternoon while walking two. He surrendered a solo homer to Andrew McCutchen in the first inning, then shut the Pirates down until they scratched out three runs in his final frame. He'll carry a disappointing 5.40 ERA and 1.61 WHIP into a rematch against these same Pirates on Sunday in Pittsburgh.
Jul 30 - 7:47 PM

Clayton Richard allowed five earned runs, 12 hits and two walks with eight strikeouts over eight innings in a loss against the Mets.

Richard overcame some early shakiness to go deep into the game, eventually racking up 123 pitches. His biggest mistake was a solo homer to Wilmer Flores in the second inning. He allowed just two runs over his final five frames. His next scheduled outing is set for Sunday against the Pirates opposite Gerrit Cole.
Jul 25 - 5:07 AM

Clayton Richard was rocked in Wednesday's loss to the Rockies, surrendering 11 runs on 14 hits over 3 2/3 innings.

Oh dear goodness. The Rockies scored in all four innings Richard was on the mound, posting three runs in the first inning, one in the second and two in the third before blowing the game open with six runs (five on Richard's line) in the fourth. Those 11 total runs allowed tied a team record. The terrible outing also predictably did a number on his ERA, jumping it from 4.75 to 5.43. He will try for sharper results in a home start against the Mets next time out -- it can't get much worse.
Jul 19 - 6:45 PM

Clayton Richard allowed a lone run over six innings before a rain delay forced his premature exit, leaving him with a no-decision Friday against the Phillies.

It wasn't only the rain that spoiled Richard's gem -- reliever Phil Maton, who came on after the southpaw's exit, promptly gave up two runs to surrender Richard's lead. It didn't take away from the strong start, though, as Richard gave up only a solo homer over his six innings of work. The good showing leaves the 33-year-old with a 5-8 record, 4.66 ERA and 1.48 WHIP heading into next week's All-Star break.
Jul 8 - 1:16 AM

Clayton Richard was roughed up by the Dodgers on Friday, surrendering seven runs in four innings.

Richard has done his job as a placeholder for the Padres, going 5-8 with a 4.85 ERA in 17 starts. Ideally, he'd become obsolete at some point during the season half.
Jul 1 - 1:48 AM

Clayton Richard surrendered five runs on nine hits over 5 2/3 innings while taking a no-decision in Sunday's loss to the Tigers.

Richard surrendered a pair of leads in this one, blowing a 3-0 advantage when he allowed three runs in the fourth inning and coughing up a 5-3 lead when he yielded a game-tying two-run homer to Nick Castellanos in the sixth inning. He struck out three and walked two in the lackluster outing. Richard will bring a 4.42 ERA and 1.44 WHIP into a home start against the smoking-hot Dodgers next time he toes the rubber.
Jun 25 - 8:28 PM

Clayton Richard pitched well in a no-decision against the Cubs on Monday, allowing two runs on five hits over 6 1/3 innings of work.

Richard walked three and struck out three on the night. He had allowed only a sacrifice fly to Anthony Rizzo before surrendering a solo homer to Willson Contreras prior to departing in the seventh. Richard will look to continue improving upon his 4.20 ERA and 1.41 WHIP when he squares off against the Tigers on Sunday.
Jun 19 - 11:58 PM

Clayton Richard allowed two earned runs, eight hits and two walks while striking out six batters over 8 2/3 innings in a win Tuesday against the Reds.

Padres manager Andy Green gave Richard a long leash and tried letting him finish for a complete game, but the veteran ran out of gas. Richard ended up tossing 127 pitches, 83 of them for strikes, while hitting a batter and throwing a wild pitch. His next scheduled start is set for Monday at the Cubs opposite Jon Lester. Richard hasn't won back-to-back starts since September 12-20, 2012.
Jun 14 - 2:43 AM

Clayton Richard couldn’t catch a break on Thursday, giving up six hits, four runs and a walk over five lackluster innings in a loss to the Diamondbacks.

He finished with five strikeouts while throwing 53 of his 77 pitches for strikes. Richard actually fared much better than the bullpen did as San Diego relievers coughed up 11 runs in only three innings after his departure. With that said, Richard certainly wasn’t sharp on Thursday, yielding two runs in the first inning before serving up a two-run homer to Chris Iannetta in the fifth. The loss drops Richard to 4-7 on the year. He’ll look to bounce back Tuesday against the Reds.
Jun 8 - 7:20 PM

Clayton Richard allowed four runs - three earned - and 10 hits with no walks over 5 2/3 innings in a win against the Rockies on Friday.

Richard has pitched better of late, going 2-1 with a 3.05 ERA over his past three outings, including wins in each of his starts at Petco Park. He has sliced a half of a run from his ERA during the span, lowering his number from 4.86 to 4.36 since May 16.
Jun 3 - 2:12 AM

Clayton Richard turned in a quality start but was saddled with a loss to the Nationals on Saturday.

He gave up three runs in six innings but saw his offense get shut out by Stephen Strasburg and the Nationals' bullpen. Richard gave up 10 base hits, including a two-run homer by Michael Taylor in the sixth inning. He falls to 3-6 with a mediocre 4.33 ERA and even worse 1.43 WHIP. He has 50 strikeouts in 68 2/3 innings spread over 11 starts.
May 27 - 7:56 PM

Clayton Richard was marvelous in Sunday's 5-1 win over the Diamondbacks, surrendering just one run on five hits while tossing a complete game.

Outside of a Chris Iannetta solo home run in the third inning, Richard kept the Diamondbacks off the scoreboard. He struck out six without walking a batter in the contest. While this was a very strong performance, consistency has not been Richard's forte of late. He has allowed at least five runs in three of his last six starts, but just four total runs in his other three outings combined over that period. On the whole, he holds a 4.31 ERA and 1.39 WHIP over the course of 10 starts. A tough home showdown with the Nationals awaits him next time he takes to the mound.
May 21 - 7:59 PM

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