"The last couple of years at Oakland, I felt I've lost my aggressiveness and ended up in bad hitter's counts," Terrence Long said. "This year, I'm just going to work on being more aggressive in the strike zone."
The Padres used nine different pitchers. Brian Lawrence got the win and Eddie Oropesa picked up the save and struck out three of the four batters he faced.
Ismael Valdes(z) allowed a run and asked this spring that his name be switched to "Valdez." He told the Padres that "Valdez" is how it's spelled on his birth certificate. He has been known as "Valdes" since his career began.
Akinori Otsuka was uncharacteristically wild in the game. He walked two batters, the last forcing in a run. Otsuka had walked just two batters in the last two seasons in Japan. Luckily, this game does not count in the standings.
"The ball was hard to throw today. It was slick," Otsuka said through an interpreter.
The game benefited the Peoria Diamond Club with all revenue generated through tickets, parking and concessions going to the non-profit organization. The Peoria Diamond Club grants funds to local youth organizations.
Two days before they face off on the diamond, San Diego defeated Seattle in the annual Padres vs. Mariners golf tournament. The foursome of Trevor Hoffman, David Wells, head trainer Todd Hutcheson and Joey Hamilton combined for a 56 in a scorecard playoff win over the Mariners' Ryan Christianson, Eric Owens, Greg Hunter, the Mariners director of minor league administration, and Jim Na, the team's coordinator of baseball technical information. The tourney was hosted at the Quintero Golf and Country Club with all money raised from the event went to the Peoria Diamond Club Charities.
Seattle and San Diego will hook up a total of eight times this spring...the teams will play four Cactus League games, the charity game, a "B" game on March 10 and two games in San Diego April 3-4.
Last spring, the Peoria Sports Complex neighbors met eight times, including the charity game...San Diego was 3-5 vs. Seattle overall last spring, losing the Charity Game 6-5.
The all-time "official" spring series is tied 60-60, with two ties. In their shared facility, the Mariners hold the edge, 29-27, including the charity games.
Appearing at his first spring training with the Padres major leaguers is outfielder Freddy Guzman. Guzman, 23, played at three levels in the Padres' organization last year, beginning the season at Class A Lake Elsinore, advancing to Class AA Mobile and finally making it to Triple-A Portland, where he swiped three bases in two games played. Between the three stops, he managed to bat a combined .280 with three homers, 33 RBIs, 95 runs scored and 90 stolen bases. His 90 steals led all minor leaguers in 2003. Heading into the 2004 season, he's listed by Baseball America as the Padres' No. 3 prospect.
The Padres open up the Cactus League schedule Friday, taking on the Anaheim Angels in Tempe, Ariz. Adam Eaton draws the start against the Angels.
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