Spring Training Notebook IX

Peoria, AZ: The San Diego Padres Double-A squad was pummeled 8-3 as normally stellar pitchers were getting hit hard. Only one hit produced runs. Staying behind from Tucson, Cesar Carrillo and John Garland threw bullpens on a day that saw very little outdoor activity outside of the game. The High-A saw some quality pitching on the road.

  • Jon Garland threw a 30-pitch bullpen session on Tuesday and appeared confident in all of his pitches, particularly the cut-fastball that was sharp with late break.

    Cesar Carrillo tossed 35 pitches in his bullpen session. The right-hander flashed an impressive changeup that had great dipping action. His curveball command was not up to par, as he bounced several. The fastball appeared to have good life.

  • The High-A team lost a 2-1 decision, despite solid contributions from the pitching staff.

    "(Nick) Greenwood, (Hayden) Beard, and (Erik) Davis all looked good today," Lake Elsinore manager Carlos Lezcano said. "They were quite impressive. (Nick) Schumacher had some troubles."

    Schumacher got ready to throw in the bullpen on Monday but never ended up going into the game.

    "Twenty-five pitches," Greenwood said of his three-inning performance. "Seven ground balls. They were swinging and swinging early."

    Offensively, Matt Vern homered while Jason Hagerty and Allan Dykstra added doubles. According to hitting coach Bob Skube, Dykstra put together quality at-bats each time out.

  • Danny Payne was taken out of the game after attempting to throw a runner out at home plate and slipping on the wet outfield grass. His ball sailed to the backstop. No word on how serious his injury is.

    The Double-A team batted out of order several times after the Payne injury and there was simply no telling who would come up next. Don't envy the scorer of this game...

  • Taking batting practice indoors wasn't kind to the hitters in the Double-A lineup. Instead of seeing live pitching in the sun during the morning workout, a wet morning field saw every team hitting in the cages. It was a fast-paced BP session since they started late to see if the fields would be usable.

    Dan Robertson produced the only RBI hit – plating a pair with his double into left-center to score Keoni Ruth and Robert Lara – each of whom snatched a single. It was the lone hit for all three players. Kansas City rolled the inning after the Robertson double.

    Mitch Canham, playing first again, collected a hard fought single that he pumped the opposite way. He would eventually make his way around to score on a Dean Anna ground out. Adam Zornes doubled after fanning in his first two at-bats. Brad Chalk notched an infield single.

    The rest of the team went without a hit, and James Darnell had a forgettable afternoon. He struck out, flied out, and committed two errors in the field.

  • Ali Solis made a nice diving play on an attempted sacrifice bunt, snaring the ball in the air with a dive down the first base line. The backstop did, however, miss a foul pop up near the first base dugout that should have been an easy out.
  • Nick Schmidt faced some tough calls in the first inning with his curveball and changeup but also left some balls up in the zone, sitting 84-87 mph during a 50-pitch session. A single, stolen base and ground out started things off. After a ringing triple scored the first run, Schmidt settled in to strikeout the next two. He was greeted with an error on Darnell to open the next frame. After a bloop single, Schmidt surrendered a hard hit ball to score the second KC run. A walk loaded the bases and proceeded a two-run double. Three straight ground outs ended the frame but not before four runs had crossed. He would leave after 2.2 innings with a man on second.

    Mike DeMark relieved Schmidt and stranded the inherited runner. The right-hander than worked out of trouble in his next frame, pitching around an error and a single to maintain an unscathed outing that required 24 pitches.

    Aaron Breit was extremely sharp. His 74 mph curveball was downright nasty, and his fastball command to the inner half of the plate setup the hammer away. He struck out two and got three fly outs but did walk a pair in a 33-pitch affair.

    Unlike his last outing, Derrick Loop could not control his cutter very well and his slider and fastball were up in the zone. A walk and bunt single put a pair on. After getting two outs, he walked a second batter and then uncorked a wild pitch to score a run before getting a ground out to end the 22-pitch frame.

    Nick Hall started off well, getting a quick ground out. He then plunked the next batter, gave up a single and issued a walk. Hall was lifted after 28 pitches with two men out and the bases juiced in favor of Brad Brach. Brach got the needed fly out to get out of the jam. The right-hander was tagged for a pair of unearned runs in the ninth. An Anna error extended the inning. A walk and base clearing double followed.

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