Padres MLN: Win some, lose some

Peoria, AZ-- The San Diego Padres Triple-A squad traveled to Maryvale Baseball Park where they ran into another Milwaukee Brewer starter – Jeff Suppan. Do these guys ever face big leaguers in spring?

The Padres were able to get on the board off Jeff Suppan when Brett Dowdy singled in Adam Shabala in the opening frame. Shabala started the rally with a double – but the outfielder simply missed the ball to give him the gift.

Dowdy added a double against Suppan, flashing his aggressive nature and improved speed by taking an extra bag on a ball that would have been a single for anyone else. He came around when Craig Stansberry doubled him in.

Jeff Suppan lays down a sacrifice.
Sean Thompson opposed Suppan and limited the opposition to one run over three innings. He hung a curveball that was tattooed for a double before a sacrifice and a ground out led to a run. He had a runner on in each inning but came away unscathed, his night ending on a double play.

Nick Hundley also threw out a runner trying to steal, showing impressive quickness on a 81 MPH changeup to get the throw on its way with pinpoint accuracy. He has caught the last five thieves attempting to steal, by our count.

"I was happy I was around the plate," Thompson said, coming in with six first-pitch strikes to the ten batters he faced. "I worked on keeping the ball low in the zone. I feel like I am getting on track."

Ryan Ketchner worked three innings and gave up two runs, getting hit hard before a few lucky breaks fell his way – namely hitters zooming balls directly at the infielders.

The Padres Triple-A squad opened the game wide open later in the game, putting five runs on the board. The rally started with Mike Baxter singling through the hole on the right side. Luis Cruz singled, Brandon Powell walked, and Adam Bourassa notched a sacrifice fly. After Shabala walked, Dowdy laced a double to score two and Stansberry singled two more in.

Dowdy had four hits on the day, notching two doubles, a single, a triple, two RBIs and two runs scored. Stansberry had three RBIs and Baxter went 2-for-2 with two walks.

Michael Johnson hits versus Jeff Suppan.
Steve Watkins mowed the Brewers down quickly in his opening stanza but three runs came across in his second inning – which included four straight hits and successive triples.

In the Double-A game, the Padres were downed 7-3. Multiple arm angle pitcher Eddie Pena was hit hard, giving up four runs, including a two-run bomb that cleared the 30-foot high wall in right field. Pena also plunked two batters in his two innings of work.

Jon Link also gave up a run, as he worked on a new two-seam fastball that he was introduced to during the off-season.

Matt Buschmann started the game and left after his pitch count escalated. With the bases juiced and one out, John Thomas came on and closed the door, earning a "thank you, awesome job" from Buschmann. Thomas induced a pop out to the catcher and a ground out to escape the situation.

David Freese continues to pound the ball, taking a 2-1 fastball and launching it over the wall in right – a monster shot. Jose Lobaton would score on a strike three wild pitch and Will Venable notched an RBI with the bases loaded to cap the scoring for the Double-A squad.

"It was nice getting the first one," Freese said. "It was a fastball in that he just kind of left out."

Notes:

Matt Bush got to first base on a walk but was promptly picked off the bag by the catcher after taking too big a lead.

Freese broke up a double play with a great take out slide, preventing the slowest man (based on 60-yard dash times), Tim Brown, from being doubled up.

Suppan tried to pick off two runners at second base and almost nabbed both. Baxter just slid under a tag and Stansberry was almost caught napping.


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