Padres MLN: Carrillo sees live action

Peoria, AZ-- The San Diego Padres played intrasquad games on Wednesday, pitting Low-A against Low/High-A and Double-A versus Triple-A. But there were some surprise appearances across the field and a smattering of successful outings, including Cesar Carrillo on the mound against live hitters for the first time.

Cesar Carrillo pitched an inning and allowed one baserunner but did not yield a run. He worked in his two-seam fastball and curveball – both showed movement but were up in the zone. As a teaser outing it was termed a success because he did not experience any pain, but most of his pitches were belt high and he will need to refine his location moving forward. He is expected to go two innings next time out and should be ready for Opening Day in Portland.

The San Antonio club bested their Portland counterparts in a low scoring affair. Chase Headley homered off Richie Daigle – shooting a ball into the parking lot in left field with an opposite field round-tripper.

Daigle actually had better stuff than his numbers would have indicated. He pitched three innings and was hitting his spots – Headley just happened to beat his best offering, a tip of the cap.

The lower minors played a five inning game that featured four hits, two per side. It was a contest of wills as a team made formed by both Low-A and High-A players (per the distinction currently in camp) won out 1-0.

Justin Mattison was wild in his warm-up session and tossed six straight balls before getting his first strike call. He walked the first two batters, Mike Epping and Jodam Rivera. Epping stole second prior to the Rivera walk and moved to third on a wild pitch. Rivera then stole second with Matt Stocco at the dish. Stocco delivered an RBI ground out to shortstop, plating the sole run.

Three bases were stolen off Robby Jacobson. He had no mustard on his throws as they looped into second base. After the third throw, Jacobson grabbed his arm in pain. The medical staff checked out his shoulder and removed him from the game.

Orlando Lara pitched three innings for the Low/High-A team and surrendered one hit, flashing excellent command of all his pitches, including a great changeup he was spotting up on all corners and a curveball that Felix Carrasco diving out of the way only to see it be called a strike. He threw first-pitch strikes to six of the 10 batters he faced and got the win.

Yesid Salazar throws a pitch at Padres' Spring Training.
Yesid Salazar came on in relief of Lara and struck out the side around a Brian Lauderdale double. Salazar attacked the inside of the plate better than any pitcher has done in camp so far – pushing hitters back and setting them up with a late-breaking changeup.

Things got interesting when Leo Rosales came in to get an inning of work. Showcasing his nasty changeup, Rosales worked ahead in the count and spotted his pitches well but did walk one before retiring the side and earning the save.

Rey Garramone started for the Low-A squad and pitched one inning, giving up a two out single. Garramone seems to be throwing harder this spring after seeing his velocity dip last year due to a long season of college ball and his first taste of professional baseball.

Geoff Vandel followed Mattison, putting down the side in order before giving way to Dustin Gibbs. Gibbs threw an easy 91 MPH, striking out the first batter he faced and ended up putting them all down, 1-2-3.

Neil Jamison pitched the final inning, giving hitters his almost sidearm look that flashes pitches with a ton of movement. His two-seamer danced all over the plate, moving back towards the right side of the dish after having the appearance that it would continue to come inside to a lefty. He allowed a single to Ray Chang but strike out two before a ground out ended the game.

Notes:

Stocco was first pitch swinging after Mattison had walked two straight batters on nine pitches. When asked what he would think if the same situation happened when he was on the mound, one prospect quipped, "At least I would know they still have some respect for me."

Stocco should have known better as a catcher. You have to make the pitcher throw a strike in that situation.

Credit Mattison for working through a tough inning. He battled back to get three ground outs to come out with one run crossing home plate. It could have been worse given the fact there were two in scoring position with nobody out to begin the frame.


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