The High-A team, however, did not come away with the win. They were shelled for double-digit runs against when the bullpen collapsed.
He walked in his next two times to the plate and one ball by Mark Pawelek sailed over his head. In his fourth plate appearances, Giles fell victim to a good slider from Hatley and went down without a fight.
Perry has been taking extra batting practice to maintain a simple approach at the plate and it has apparently paid off.
"I put a lot of work in in the cage," Perry said. "I got out here early to work on my approach, just trying to make good contact and put the ball in play."
On an infield fly rule call that the shortstop missed, brown broke for the plate. His aggressive play turned out to be the final out with the bases still loaded as he was tagged out at the plate well and out by several steps.
Jeremy McBryde pitched two scoreless frames and used his full repertoire of pitches to get through both innings without any runs crossing the dish.
Tyler Davis was lit up for two runs in his lone inning of work. The sidearming right-hander gave up a double to open the inning that bounced off the mitt of centerfielder Danny Payne. Things spiraled out of control after a passed ball on Ali Solis.
John Madden, Colt Hynes and Jackson Quezada had a rough go of things. Madden was pounded for several extra base hits, as his pitches came in flat and it appeared he was shouldering the ball towards the plate. Hynes did not fare much better, yielding a two-run homer – just part of the damage. Quezada did not make it through his inning, as Wynn Pelzer, who was not scheduled to pitch, struck out the final batter on three pitches – flashing a dirty changeup and solid fastball that hit the low-90s.
Things got so bad that the Padres stopped counting the score, as Chicago neared the 20-run plateau.
Eric Sogard doubled, walked, had a run scored and an RBI. He was also caught in a pickle on a base running gaffe. He rounded third on a ball that should have kept him near the bag and was tagged out to end a rally.
The outfielder also added a single later in the game, part of a solid showing for Conlon.
Mercado also doubled in a run and added two walks. He crowds the plate, something that gives him good plate coverage and can turn on any fastball.
Mercado was injured last year, cutting into the start of a productive year. So far, he has shown he belongs in full season ball. His position change to first base could be the ticket.
The right-hander has better velocity this spring and is working on his off-speed pitches in games.
"My two-seam fastball was working well today," Perez said.
Dustin Gibbs allowed a lone base runner in his inning of work and was wild early on before settling in.
With the bases loaded, Wary Polanco came to bat. Polanco, who hit into a double-play on a first-pitch swing, came out first-pitch swinging again and flailed at the ball, missing wildly.
Polanco dropped into an 0-2 count but battled back to 0-2 before turning on an inside fastball and sending it over the left field fence for a grand slam, sending the score to 9-4 in a game that was already decided.
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