Small ball spells loss for Padres

The San Diego Padres were shutout 1-0 on Monday by the Colorado Rockies. The only run to cross the plate cam on a sacrifice fly. The Padres had two separate chances to score, in the fifth and ninth, but came away with nothing.

Jake Peavy pitched four strong innings, allowing one run while striking out six. It was encouraging to see Peavy pitching well after an oblique scare early in spring training.

"He had a good effort and a good day's work," Manager Bruce Bochy said. "He feels great and has good stuff. He had a good changeup going along with good velocity on his fastball."

Jay Witasick, Kevin Walker, Bart Miadich, Eddie Oropesa and Jason Szuminski each worked an inning of scoreless ball in the loss.

Miadich, in particular, earned high praise from Bochy:

"I think he can be a setup type guy," Bochy said. "He has a power type arm and if he continues his improvement, he has a chance to be a late-inning pitcher with the stuff he has. He's done a great job here."

Miadich is looking to snare the job left open with Rod Beck sidelined indefinitely with personal issues. He has an uphill battle, but is making the most of his spring. Miadich leads the team in strikeouts with 13 in eight innings of work. He is 2-0 and has allowed three earned runs in his eight innings of work.

Royce Clayton led off the fourth inning with a single off Peavy. He stole second, went to third on a groundout and scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Kit Pellow. Brian Hunter was unable to throw him out at the plate as Clayton scored the games only run.

The Padres loaded the bases in the fifth with two outs but a force out ended the threat. Then in the ninth the Friars had men on second and third with one out. Colorado brought the infield in and tossed out Ramon Vasquez at the plate before Gene Kingsale ended the game with a groundout.

Notes: Hideo Nomo will take the hill against Brian Lawrence in the April 5th opener at Dodger Stadium.

Former San Diego Padre John Kruk will join ESPN as a Major League Baseball commentator.

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