Padres MLN: Prospects get a treat

Peoria, AZ- The place to be on Sunday afternoon was camped behind the plate on a chilly day with the wind blowing across the Triple-A field from left to right. That spot, nestled between minor leaguers, provided the perfect picture, as Jake Peavy dealt in a minor league game.

  • The trademark grunts and yelling were evident during Jake Peavy's five-inning outing. The right-hander worked on moving the ball to different parts of the plate with his fastball, slider and changeup.

    Peavy would voice his displeasure anytime the ball did not go where he intended it to, regardless of the outcome. He was crisp through much of the day, allowing one run on three hits and two walks.

    San Diego's ace put down the side in order in the first but saw trouble after opening the second with a walk. After a fly out, Peavy yielded a double that scored the lone run. He would nestle a walk inside two strikeouts to end the frame.

    Peavy struck out the first batter he faced in the third before allowing a clean single. A double play grounder ended the inning.

    Over the next two frames, Peavy yielded just an infield single that trickled down the third base line. Gary Schneidmiller made a valiant effort to corral the ball but could not get the ball to first in time.

    His day ended with 79 pitches thrown, ranging from 88-94 MPH on his fastball. His slider came in at 84-87 MPH and his changeup fell into the high-70s.

    "When we started working on the spring schedule, I discussed today with (pitching coach Darren) Balsley," Peavy said. "I don't want to face someone from our division in a spring game. There's nothing to be gained by giving Matt Holliday three more looks. I know Trevor (Hoffman) feels the same way, and he's right."

  • From there, Matt Buschmann and Neil Jamison closed the game out. Buschmann was brilliant over three innings, keeping the ball low and working his two-seam fastball to both sides of the dish.

    While Buschmann walked the first batter he faced, he induced a double play grounder to end the threat. He would retire the final seven batters he faced, flashing an impressive changeup that kept hitters off-balance. It took him just 31 pitches to breeze through his workload.

    Jamison closed the game out, allowing a single while striking out one. He tossed 15 pitches and sealed a one-run effort from the pitching staff.

  • The offense was only able to muster one run. Mike Sansoe scored on an error and reached base three times on the day, adding a stolen base.

    The team had a golden chance with the bases loaded and nobody out but Sansoe grounded into a force out at home, Ray Chang popped out behind the second base bag and Nic Crosta grounded out to end the frame.

  • Crosta did collect a double that he cranked 400 feet just right of centerfield on a 2-2 off-speed pitch. His ability to stay back on the pitch was missing from the 2007 season.

    Josh Howard had a wind-aided double in the bottom of the first but was stranded when Michael Barrett struck out and Craig Cooper grounded out.

    Howard had a picture perfect bunt down the first base line later in the game. He dropped the ball just past the pitcher's mound – between the pitcher and first baseman – for a bunt single. It could not have been drawn up – or tossed from a hand – any better.

    Barrett also lined out to shortstop on the first-pitch he saw in his second at-bat. His final appearance at the dish netted a walk.

  • The first batter Mike Ekstrom faced singled and came around to score. After cruising through the second inning, Ekstrom faced trouble in the third. With two on, an Ekstrom fastball was launched over the left field wall for a three-run bomb. It took Ekstrom 50 pitches to work through three frames.

    Corey Kluber also worked three innings, giving up two runs. Two balls were shipped deep into the gaps for a double and triple, as the right-hander used 46 pitches before exiting.

    Wynn Pelzer gave up a four-pitch walk to the first batter he faced before bearing down and retiring the side. His second inning of work did not go as well. Two runs crossed on the South Carolina alumnus and he was pulled with two outs and a runner on third.

    Lee Gwaltney got a much needed ground out to save Pelzer from having another run tacked on his ledger. Gwaltney yielded two doubles and a single in the next frame, accounting for the final two runs against in a 10-7 loss.

  • Sam Carter had the only Padres run of the game going into the eighth inning. His double led to the early run and the Double-A squad was blanked for much of the game.

    In the eighth, the Double-A squad scored five runs and had the bases loaded with two outs when Milwaukee rolled the inning. Most of the runs came via the free pass, as Carter added an RBI and a second run scored.

    The Padres put all of their men back on the bags to open the ninth and would add one more run on a wild pitch before Gabe Lopez whiffed. They then played the final two outs with the bases empty.

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