The Padres made up the difference by taking Brandon Gottier off the disabled list.
Brandon Gottier hit .213 with 44 hits in 207 at bats for the Fort Wayne Wizards. In 62 games he collected 13 doubles, one homer, 16 runs scored and 16 RBIs. He also drew 17 walks and whiffed 52 times.
The former Massachusetts Player of the Year in hockey has been pining for some action on the tube before the game. But, instead of watching a sport he loved and left, the television was dominated by – baseball, of course.
"Lets get the hockey on," Antonelli said.
His pick for the Stanley Cup? The Anaheim Mighty Ducks.
But is skipping the level the issue? Is the learning curve steep in April?
"I think everyone is going to be able to handle the situation," hitting coach Max Venable said. "Everyone is going to struggle in this game. When you are not going well, it is how you get out of it. The game is setup to fail anyway, period. Offensively – that is just the way it is. How guys handle that when they are going bad – they will learn how to handle it. If you are going to pout and hang your head down you tend to be in it a little bit longer than someone who notes he is going bad but has a positive outlook on it and positive attitude and overcomes that.
"I don't foresee any of our guys really struggling. I think the guys we have they have the capability to make adjustments as you go. The guys we have are good baseball guys and have the capability to make adjustments."
But the team is also batting just .170 against right-handed pitching early in the year and only two players are over .300. By contrast, the team is hitting .405 against left-handed pitching.