Rough First, Another Trade

Number five starter Sterling Hitchcock was roughed up for five runs in the first inning on Tuesday in a 9-4 loss to the Royals. <br><br> The San Diego Padres made a minor trade on Tuesday, the third in as many days.

Sterling Hitchcock allowed a two run homer run on a 1-2 pitch to Mike Sweeney in the first that put the Padres behind quickly. Carlos Beltran had proceeded with a single.

Minutes later Benito Santiago smacked a three run shot, with Juan Gonzalez and Matt Stairs on the bases to put the Royals up 5-0 in the first.

For the first time all spring, the Padres bullpen stirred. Matt Hampton started to warm up in case he was needed. Hitchcock lasted three innings, giving up six runs on eight hits.

"We still plan on him going that first game that we need a fifth starter," Manager Bruce Bochy confirmed.

JJ Trujillo came on in relief and was the only Padre pitcher not to surrender a run. Ismael Valdez wrapped up a solid spring with three innings of relief work, allowing one run on a home run.

Brian Giles doubled in Sean Burroughs who doubled twice in the first. What? Burroughs smacked a double down the line in his first at bat and it was ruled foul as it was aimed directly at the umpire who jumped instead of watching if it was fair or foul. Burroughs then followed with an official double and scored when Giles brought him in.

After Terrence Long smacked a single in the second, Hitchcock was able to bunt him over and Long scored on a single by Burroughs to put the Padres behind by three, 5-2. Long also had a solo homer in the ninth.

"In that third, fourth and fifth inning, all of a sudden my fastball came in. My changeup was good today and my curveball actually had a lot of break on it, more than I've had so I was pleased about that," Jeremy Affeldt said after retiring the final ten Padres he faced.

Burroughs, Ryan Klesko and Long had two hits apiece.


"How about that? First game back and he gets food poisoning," Bochy said regarding Phil Nevin Tuesday. "Talk about buzzard luck."

The Padres traded Rich Gomez, an outfielder with Triple-A Portland, to Detroit for utility INF Rob Watson. Watson, 24, is expected to start at Single-A Lake Elsinore.

J.J. Trujillo was also traded by the Padres to the Royals for a player to be named later.

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