Padres Instructional League Notebook III

Peoria, AZ: With no game scheduled on Wednesday, the San Diego Padres played an intrasquad game against their brethren – showing off some of the execution they applied earlier in the day.

Will Inman was the first pitcher to take the hill against his fellow prospects. His delivery has been cleaned up from past forays on the mound and the focus appeared to be on a slider and changeup. After a one-two-three first inning, Inman allowed two singles and a double in his second frame, scoring a pair.

Opposing Inman was Wynn Pelzer. The right-handed Pelzer has been asked to find a consistent delivery and stick with it. Moved to the third base side of the rubber, Pelzer has always been someone who tinkers with his mechanics and will become out of sorts until he regains a comfort level. The focus has turned to consistency on the mound.

Pelzer's only base runner in two innings came via a walk. In the opening frame, he took a line drive off the hip but followed the ball all the way into foul territory to throw the runner out.

In the subsequent inning, a ball off the bat of Matt Vern went into the dugout and chased Pelzer as it caromed off walls, prompting him to joke, "Can we get baseballs that aren't racist!"

Matt Lollis lacked command during his warmup but found it easily when the lights came on. The towering right-hander faced six batters, retiring them all in order on three ground outs, two pop outs and a strikeout.

Jerry Sullivan didn't have as much luck in his first inning. He gave up two runs on three straight hits – a single, triple, and single. He then got a force out before netting a double play. His second inning was much better, as the right-hander came away unscathed.

Eugenio Reyes brought his plus fastball onto the hill and began with a bout of wildness. He walked the first batter before giving up a single. A double play followed before Reyes got Jaff Decker looking at three straight strikes. Decker stayed in for another at-bat with the count reset. He went to 3-1 before Reyes delivered two straight strikes, getting Decker swinging on a changeup.

Deiber Sanchez needed extra time to warmup, as his changeup didn't look very good at all. He ballooned one such pitch in softball fashion and bounced a few more. When the lights went on, Sanchez got a quick ground out before surrendering two singles. A double scored two and a single followed.

Matt Vern was the star of the day offensively.

The outfielder smoked a double into the right field gap off Inman – an opposite field strike on a 3-2 pitch that scored two runs. Vern also executed a perfect hit-and-run, shooting it through the gap on the right side when the second baseman went to cover the bag in what originally appeared to be a stolen base attempt.

Luis Martinez also came through with an example of situational hitting.

"You can do it in practice, let's see if you can do it in the games," Doug Dascenzo yelled as Martinez came to bat with a runner on third base and less than two outs. Martinez proceeded to line a single between shortstop and third base to score Griffin Benedict who tripled in Rymer Liriano.

Chris Tremblay had two hits and scored a run, coming home on a Jeudy Valdez double. Adam Zornes scored in front of Tremblay after a leadoff single. Jonathan Alia also netted an RBI, driving in Valdez with a base knock.

Nate Freiman drew a walk and singled, scoring a pair of runs. Vince Belnome also had a single and a run scored off Inman.

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