Padres Instructional League Notebook II

Peoria, AZ: The San Diego Padres took on the Texas Rangers in Instructional League play on Tuesday, losing 10-9. There were, however, plenty of highlights.

  • The Padres had their chances to take the game but could not come through during a bases loaded situation with one out during one rally. Blake Tekotte struck out swinging and Jonathan Galvez rolled over on a breaking ball to tap out to second base.

    The team rallied from three runs down in the bottom of the ninth, closing to within one. With a man on first, Matt Vern ended the game with a high chopper that the pitcher snared.

  • Aaron Poreda got the start and worked one inning. He hit the first batter he faced and proceeded to throw a wild pitch on a high fastball that went to the backstop. Two ground outs secured a run. The next batter also hit a would be ground out that Galvez booted. Poreda then retired the final batter on another ground ball – using 13 pitches to get out of the frame.

    Chris Fetter took the ball for a pair of innings, striking out three and working to one over the minimum. The only batter to reach base came via a walk. He also notched three ground outs in a 30-pitch outing.

    James Needy struggled during his inning of work. The first pitch he threw was taken over the left field wall for a homer. After a walk and a caught stealing, Needy surrendered a single, which setup another two runs scoring when he gave up a dinger on a 3-2 fastball. After another single – the fifth base runner he allowed – he induced a pair of ground outs. Needy tossed 37 pitches on the day.

    Jorge Reyes made quick work during his session. He retired the side in his first inning on two ground outs and a strikeout via a dirty slider. After a ground out and pop out in the second frame, Reyes allowed successive singles but the second man was caught rounding first and tagged out in a pickle. The right-hander needed 24 pitches to get through two.

    "I felt good," Reyes said. "The coaches told me to go out there with my changeup and use it so I threw fastball/changeup pretty much the whole time. They said if I was ahead in the count and wanted to finish someone off I could throw a slider so I did that too. It feels good. It was fun."

    Pedro Hernandez was two different pitchers during the same outing. After a 1-2-3 inning, the left-hander was tagged for successive triples to open the eighth. One came on a 2-0 pitch and the second on a hanging fastball on a 0-2 offering. He gave up four straight hits before securing his first out and surrendered five runs while tossing 33 pitches. He was lifted with the bases loaded and two outs.

    Matt Irsfeld, a free agent sign out of Chapman university, came in with the bases loaded. He struck out that batter on an off-speed pitch to prevent further damage and looked solid commanding a low-90s fastball to get a pair of ground outs and his second strikeout in the ninth.

  • The Padres first three base runners were erased by the same person. After Edinson Rincon notched a single, Drew Cumberland came in as the pinch-runner. He was thrown out trying to steal second base. An inning later, Vern drew a walk and Cumberland again took his spot on the base paths. Cumberland was again thrown out trying to take second base. A Chris Tremblay single was wiped out when Cumberland was picked off first base – the third straight inning he caused an out on the base paths.

    Cumberland left practice early to have his hand wrapped and was a late scratch from the starting lineup. Originally slated to play shortstop, he was relegated to running duties and that clearly didn't go as planned.

  • Luis Domoromo accounted for five of the Padres runs, hitting a three-run homer on a 2-0 pitch to put the Padres ahead 6-5 and then adding a two-run single in the ninth inning. He went 3-for-3 during a game he did not start and was stranded on first base to end the contest.

    "It was a good day for me," Domoromo said through a translator, "but I feel sorry because we could not get a win. I was just trying to help the team win."

    Allan Dykstra hit a towering two-run home run to right field – a shot that would have taken out the Jumbotron at the Dallas Cowboys new stadium. It was a moonshot that just went over the wall in straightaway right. The first baseman, playing as a designated hitter, struck out in his other three at-bats.

    Vince Belnome had two hits, both singles, scored a pair of runs and added a stolen base in four trips. Nate Freiman had an infield single and a sharp single up the middle on a 2-for-4 day that included two runs scored. Edinson Rincon had a single and double in four trips, scoring once. Vern reached base twice via a walk and a hit by pitch. Chris Tremblay also notched a pair of singles while Jason Hagerty netted one base knock. Jonathan Alia had the only other RBI of the game, hitting a run-scoring single.

    Everett Williams struck out in both of his at-bats as the leadoff hitter. Galvez went 0-for-3 with a strikeout. Tekotte went 0-for-2 after not starting the game.

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