Things took a turn for the worse in the third innings – as ominous storm clouds gathered. Delabar struggled to find that first-pitch strike and worked from behind in the count to four of the five hitters he faced, but he managed to limit the damage with a double play grounder and only one run crossing the plate.
Darker skies loomed.
The Royals opened up the inning with a homer off Delabar, the first of six straight batters to safely reach base. A walk and four straight singles left the bases loaded with three runs in. A one out double brought two more around to score and put the Padres in a 6-0 deficit.
Delabar lost the bite on his two-seamer as it lost much of its movement and the Royals were not chasing the split-fingered fastball he is debuting this year, making it a rough outing for the righty.
Dirk Hayhurst came on in relief, giving up one run on a walk and three singles – all coming in succession with one out. He stranded the bases loaded with a strikeout and fly out.
The right-hander flashed his solid curveball several times and his changeup looked good, at times. There were times when the changeup hung up in the zone and was hammered – ditto for his fastball.
Heavy rains ensued and after a few minutes the game was called, sending the prospects running for the locker rooms.
Ramirez was taken out of the game with a wrist injury after diving back into first base. The catcher snapped a throw down to first and Ramirez' head first slide took out the first baseman by the legs and nicked his arm in the process. He is day-to-day.
Matt Bush made a second inning error, taking off the wrist – just above the glove. The trainer came out to check up on him, and he remained in the game.
Russell Branyan – he of the .182 average in big league camp – played in the Triple-A game and homered in the first inning, shooting a ball the opposite way for a homer. Branyan is 6-for-33 on the other side of the fence with four of his hits going for extra bases.