Padres MLN: Intrasquads watched by Black

Peoria, AZ- Bud Black was again on hand – this time to watch the minor league pitchers. He looked in on Wade LeBlanc, Jose Oyervidez and Matt Buschmann during their bullpen sessions before and during the intrasquad games.

  • Wade LeBlanc got the start in the Triple-A vs. Double-A game. While he was warming up, Black watched from the side of him, focusing on the left-handers mechanics.

    "You get a better view of their stuff from behind the plate," Black said. "You can see the mechanics better from the side."

    LeBlanc had a good session in the bullpen before entering the game but things got off to a less than perfect start. The second pitch he delivered to Cedric Hunter – the first batter of the contest – was shipped over the left field wall for a solo homer.

    It would be the only run LeBlanc would allow over four innings. He tossed 58 pitches, allowing four hits and a walk while striking out four – three coming on his dirty changeup.

  • Mike Ekstrom opposed LeBlanc and did not have nearly the same result. Balls were hit hard off Ekstrom with regularity.

    Newcomer Marshall McDougall pounded a double to deep left center to drive home another newcomer, Edgar Gonzalez. Gonzalez had singled to open the frame. Peter Ciofrone belted a high fastball down the right field line for a stand up triple and would later score. The hits kept on coming before Ekstrom was relieved.

    It didn't help when Kyle Blanks pounded a ball 104 MPH off Ekstrom's leg and Rayner Contreras called for the ball at third base, only to not get the runner. Contreras, however, made a beautiful pick on a hot shot down the line in the next inning to redeem himself.

  • Corey Kluber also had it rough during his outing on another field. Brian Lauderdale doubled off the right-hander, Emmanuel Quiles singled in a run and Keoni Ruth ringed a double off the wall before Jeudy Valdez drove in a run with a single.

    A third field was also occupied and Josh Alley hammered a fastball to deep left-center to drive in a run off Jackson Quezada.

  • Black also watched Matt Buschmann and Jose Oyervidez pitch their bullpen sessions before they entered the game.

    "We talked about my glove because several guys in the big leagues have big gloves," Buschmann said. "I have a tendency to work very quickly in the pen and he said, ‘Slow down, you are making me nervous.'"

    Buschmann was involved in the highlight of the game, but not quite how he hoped. After sailing a pitch up and in that brushed Daryl Jones off the plate, Jones came back and launched a no-doubter to right field – a boomer that threatened several cars in the players lot.

    "It felt good," Jones said. "You can't scare me in the box."

    When reminded about Shane Spencer knocking him out of the box and causing an ankle sprain, Jones reneged, "Except him."

    Oyervidez flashed some of his dirty pitches but did give up a double after falling behind a hitter.

    "If he can throw like he does in the bullpen, he would be in the big leagues," pitching coach Glenn Abbott said of Oyervidez.

  • Lee Gwaltney worked in the 90-93 MPH range with his fastball and tried to locate his secondary pitches, giving up a single in his inning of work.

    "The outing wasn't a good as I wanted," Gwaltney said. "I gave up a hit, but I will take that."

    Gabe DeHoyos worked quickly through his inning, flashing an above average curveball and spotting his pitches well.

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