The run of wins started the day after Grady Fuson, the Padres vice president of scouting and player development, left the team to attend other business. He is scheduled to return on October 9.
Liriano doubled down the left field line in his first at-bat, smacking his hands together with glee when he arrived at second base. He added a sacrifice fly and singled in a run in the ninth, giving him two RBIs while scoring twice.
The outfielder has some movement in his approach but laid off the tougher breaking balls he was swinging at regularly in the Dominican Summer League.
Forsythe rocked two balls and executed a beautiful hit-and-run to setup a run. The third baseman smacked a pair of doubles – both hitting just left of dead centerfield. He had an RBI and a run scored.
"They both had three quality at-bats with hard contact," minor league field coordinator Tom Gamboa said.
Blake Tekotte started the scoring with a double deep into the gap left-centerfield, scoring a pair. He also stole third base, scored a run and added an infield single, getting to first base in 4.1, according to a scout's watch.
Carvajal has been standing in during pitcher bullpen sessions to work on his pitch recognition skills and it appears it is paying off.
During the regular season, Carvajal had not drawn more than three walks in any four-game span. He twice notched a pair of walks and ended the year with just 25 in 121 games.
Carvajal did take a terrible route on a ball hit slightly over his head and to the right. It led to double and the first run of the game but was a play that should have been made.
Lance Zawadzki had an infield single, doubled, scored a run and drove in one.
While he needed quite a few pitches to get through the action, Castro tossed in a few quality changeups – something missing from many of his starts in Eugene.
"I threw six or seven," Castro said. "I am working on the changeup a lot."
His commitment to the pitch showed when he threw two or three for first-pitch strikes to start out that at-bat.
"He has a fastball that is 87 to 89 and can touch 90," pitching consultant Bob Cluck said. "He has a very good changeup and his breaking ball needs work.
"I was part of the team scouted him in Ogden in anticipation of the Greg Maddux trade."
True to Cluck's word, Watt surrendered a triple on a curveball that was loopy and up in the zone, leading to the lone run against.
The right-hander's velocity was down in the high-80s but his off-speed pitches were very crisp. His curveball was very deceptive and came out of his hand with the same look as his fastball. He was regularly putting the pitch over for strikes with its two-plane look and tight spin. In fact, he struck out one hitter on three pitches – two curveballs and a changeup.
"That hook is dirty," one Royals player noted.
Speaking of the slip, Breit looked confident throwing it and buried a few to get strikeouts.
Scribner needed 23 pitches and allowed two hits. He has a lot sweeping action on his pitches, as they appear to come out of left field. The problem is left-handers get a very good view of the pitch.
One of the base runners nabbed came with Aaron Breit on the mound – a pitcher that was notoriously slow to the plate.
Zornes catching of the thief was especially tough since he had to field the pitch off the plate inside to a right-hander – meaning his glove side – and make the transition to his throwing arm while his momentum was carrying him away from that side of his body.
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