Padres Instructional League Notebook VIII

Peoria, AZ: The San Diego Padres Instructional League squad battled back from four runs down to beat the Seattle Mariners team by a 6-4 score.

  • Michael Watt struggled in the first inning after getting the first out via strikeout. He allowed a double on a 1-0 pitch followed by an infield single. Another single scored the first run. After a fielder's choice ground out, Emmanuel Quiles was charged with a throwing error trying to throw out a runner to far off the bag at third base. A single followed to bring in the third run of the frame. After hitting the next batter, Watt recorded a strikeout to get out of the inning without further damage.

    The left-hander came back out for the second and posted a perfect inning, tossing 42 pitches overall.

    His pitches were belt high in the first frame but he found command down in the zone in the following inning. A 2-0 curveball was one of the highlights that showed his confidence was still high.

    "That second inning is what I am trying to do all the time," Watt said.

    Matt Jackson escaped trouble with some heads up defensive work. After giving up a leadoff triple, they were able to throw the runner out at home on a ground ball to first baseman Jonathan Alia. Alia then helped turn a double play on a ball hit his way, touching first base before throwing to second where the Padres applied the tag.

    A single opened up Jackson's second inning. He was erased when Quiles threw him out trying to steal second. Another single followed and that runner stole second successfully when Quiles throw went high. After a fly out, Jackson allowed a single that pushed the score to 4-0. He tossed just 23 pitches but was in trouble each inning.

    Matt Lollis worked two scoreless frames, tossing 29 pitches. The right-hander allowed a base runner in each frame, giving up a double and a single with one out in separate frames and struck out the final batter to end each inning.

    Pedro Hernandez needed 22 pitches to make it through two innings. The left-hander struck out two and used just five pitches in his second inning to get a line out and two ground outs. His changeup was extremely effective.

    James Needy finished the game off to seal the victory. The right-hander tossed strikes and worked ahead in the count, retiring the side in order.

  • Jason Hagerty, who came in for Quiles in the sixth, was one of the stars offensively. He doubled down the left field line in his first at-bat and subsequently scored. He followed it up with a double down the right field line in his second at-bat, scoring the winning run on a wild pitch that bounced all the way down the third base line, allowing him to touch home from second.

    "The first one was a hit-and-run," Hagerty said. "Some of the guys said the catcher told them it was supposed to be a pitch out. I don't know how I got to it but it was fortunate. That is what happens when you put the bat on the ball – get lucky and squirt it down the line.

    "In the second at-bat, I actually went to college with the pitcher so I had a scouting report on him. He hung a changeup up and in, and I was able to turn on it to get us into scoring position to help us win the game."

    Edinson Rincon had two hits in three trips, smashing a triple to the deepest part of the field in center and adding a single. Each hit netted an RBI.

    Blake Tekotte had two hits in four at-bats and added a hard contact while recording an out. He scored a run and had an RBI. Everett Williams had an RBI ground out and singled, moved to second on a balk and scored to make it a 6-4 game.

    Allan Dykstra had a walk and a sacrifice fly to net an RBI. Vince Belnome singled and stole a bag. Luis Domoromo also singled and scored a run.

    Rymer Liriano, Jonathan Galvez and Jonathan Alia each went 0-for-3, as the team was held without a hit until Tekotte's bunt single with one out in the fourth.

  • Chris Fetter tossed two innings in the Auxiliary Fall League game, giving up one run.

    "This was my first experience with it," Fetter said. "You are facing tougher competition. You have to be that much more refined. It will be some batters I will be facing next year so it was a good experience.

    "I didn't really work on my changeup as much as I would have liked but the slider was there – I threw a couple of good ones – and my fastball command was there."

    Alexis Lara also worked two innings in the Auxiliary game, striking out four batters. He did not allow a hit.

    "I mostly used my changeup and fastball," Lara said.

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