Peoria, Ariz. -- The Padres gave up a three-run third inning and collected only five hits as the rookie-level club fell to the Cubs 5-1 on a quiet night in Peoria.
Righty Jean Garcia took the loss, giving up five runs, four earned, on seven hits over his four innings of work. The 19-year-old Dominican hurler doesn't have the biggest velocity, but he showed an impressive cutter and strong breaking pitches. He sat around 89-90 MPH, occasionally getting above that, but relying much more on movement and location.
Working at a very fast pace, Garcia gave up one run in the first, but it was a third inning that opened single, single, triple which cost him the game.
The Padres got one run back in the bottom of the frame when a strong easterly wind carried a well-hit ball by Jose Savinon over the centerfielder's head for an RBI triple off the wall in the deepest part of the park. For Savinon, 20, it was one of two hits on the night in his first game back with the Arizona League club after opening the campaign in Tri-City. He came into the night with just five extra-base hits in 180 plate appearances since coming stateside before last season. Yet another left-handed hitting infielder in the system, Savinon came back down as part of the system-wide middle-infield shuffle of players on Friday.
That run was all the offense would manage on the night as the club struck out 16 times against a trio of Cubs pitchers.
Big Luis Diaz followed Garcia on the mound, working three innings in what is likely to be his final rehab appearance before going back out to rejoin the San Antonio Missions. The 24-year-old Venezuelan, signed as a minor league free agent last winter, last appeared for the Missions at the end of May. While he was charged with one earned run, he was sitting easily around 93-94 with his fastball and worked it around the zone effectively. His slider was more than hitters at this level could handle.
Undrafted free agent Jim McDade finished out the night for the Padres. The 23-year-old righty from Pennsylvania creates some nice deception with his lanky delivery. Manager Michael Collins had noted before the game that he likes the example McDade has set for some of his younger bullpen mates with the way he goes about his work.
NOTES: With Fernando Tatis and Hudson Potts moved up to Tri-City, Reinaldo Illaraza shifted over for his second start at shortstop. The 17-year-old Venezuelan has been limited this year by two different deep bone bruises in his right shins thanks to fouling the ball off the same spot twice, but he showed nice actions in the field. While he's still visibly uncomfortable moving around at times, he has the hands and arm to play at short. ... For the second consecutive night, Bryant Aragon turned on a pitch impressively, tonight lacing a double down the right field line. The 18-year-old from Mexico has filled out significantly over the last year, and he now appears to be past the shoulder injury that mostly limited him to designated hitter last year. ... In the afternoon, rehabbing big leaguer Jemile Weeks passed what could well be his final test before getting ready to go out and start game action again. The 29-year-old appeared to be hitting in the cage without restriction from both sides of the plate. He's been sidelined since going down with a hamstring injury back on May 7.