Padres MLN: Major league infield

Peoria, AZ- The whole High-A infield on the back fields of the Peoria Sports Complex was comprised of San Diego Padres while Randy Wolf took the hill. Five of the eight hits came from those players. Nick Hundley took the blame for Wolf's tough outing. Andrew Parrino comes through again, as many prospects still contributed.

  • Left-hander Randy Wolf labored through his 3.2 innings of work, as he was pulled for a relief pitcher and had an inning rolled.

    Wolf threw 82 pitches on the afternoon and had the help of Nick Hundley to help him work out of trouble in the first. After a strikeout to open the inning, Wolf walked the next batter. A caught stealing helped his cause before he allowed a second base on balls. He was able to get out of the inning with a second strikeout.

    The second frame opened with a single and walk. Two ground outs pushed a run across before a double hit to the wall added a second run.

    Wolf would have the third inning rolled before it was through. After striking out the opening batter, Wolf gave up two singles and two walks in succession, resulting in having the inning rolled with one run on the ledger and the bases still juiced with one out.

    Wolf pitched to three batters in the fourth, giving up a single before giving way to Matt Teague. The left-handed Teague would strike out the final batter of the frame.

    "The range of velocity is severe," Padres manager Bud Black said. "Don't expect him to go in and out and hit every spot, but he will put together quality innings with those different looks."

    Wolf velocity ranged from 66 MPH to 89 MPH during his outing.

    Catcher Nick Hundley accepted a lot of the blame for Wolf's outing.

    "His fastball is sneaky," Hundley said. "It looks like it is coming in at 95 MPH. He has really good stuff.

    "This was my first time catching him. I think I threw his rhythm off. He was shaking me off. I needed to do a better job."

  • Teague yielded a run after an inning opening double in the fifth, but the run was unearned thanks to an error. The first batter he faced in the following frame hit a solo homer before three straight doubles tacked on two more. After a strikeout, the Padres rolled the inning and ended Teague's night after 46 pitches.

    Mike Megrew walked the first two batters he faced. A double and a ground out would score both men who reached base via the free pass.

    The work of Ali Solis – who picked off a runner at third base – was a tremendous aid to Megrew. Solis has greatly improved his ability to make snap throws, as he came close to picking off a second runner at first base.

    Megrew never hit higher than 86 MPH on the radar gun and had trouble locating his pitches. His pitches were often elevated outside the zone, allowing hitters to hit them hard. He also had trouble controlling his off-speed pitches, sending more than a few in the dirt. When he could keep his breaking ball out of the dirt, it showed great promise as a strikeout pitch.

    Megrew struck out two in the next frame and worked around a single and a wild pitch, as his day ended after 34 pitches.

    Chris Perez ended the afternoon game after 12 pitches. He struck out two and allowed a double.

  • The top of the lineup to begin the game featured a plethora of talent from the big league club in the one through six spot:

    Scott Hairston
    Craig Stansberry
    Adrian Gonzalez
    Brian Myrow
    Oscar Robles
    Luis Rodriguez

    Hairston lined out to open the game but added a solo homer in his next at-bat, shooting a no-doubter over the left field wall on a 0-1 fastball. He would walk in his final plate appearance and be replaced on the bases.

    Brian Myrow in a minor league game.

    Stansberry singled in his first at-bat and added a stolen base minutes later. Gonzalez singled and scored a run and added a double off the right field wall that produced an RBI.

    Myrow walked his first time to the dish and doubled in Gonzalez in his second plate appearance. Robles grounded out and singled before being replaced on the base paths. Rodriguez was the only Padres player not to record a hit, going 0-for-2 with a line out and ground out.

  • Luis Durango scored twice, once while replacing Hairston. He also added two stolen bases in as many attempts. Ray Stokes also swiped a bag replacing Robles but was caught stealing in his second attempt after drawing a walk.

    Hundley had an RBI ground out. Justin Baum's sacrifice fly brought in a run. Zachary Brown added a single and an RBUY. Andrew Parrino ripped a double and scored a run in his only time to the dish. Brad Chalk added an RBI single.

    "It felt pretty good, I did a lot of work with (Tony) Muser before the game and during the game since we had to fill in for the major league guys today," Parrino said. "It is always tough to come in during the middle of the game after sitting on the bench but you have to get used to it and look for your pitch and do something with it."

    The Brewers rolled the bottom of the ninth with one out and the Padres down 9-7 to end the game.

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