Padres finally win, Wells wants Quintero

Humberto Quintero

Ismael Valdez moved to 2-1 in spring training after pitching 3-1/3 innings of one run ball. Edgar Huerta followed by pitching 1-2/3 of scoreless ball as the San Diego padres scored seven runs in the fifth en route to a 12-4 victory over the Giants. San Fran entered the game with a six game unbeaten streak against the Friars over the last three springs.

The Padres had been outscored by the Giants 47-24 over the course of the unbeaten streak. The Padres finally got redemption in a 12-4 victory on Wednesday, pounding out 16 hits in the process.

Ismael Valdez helped his own cause with a two run single in the second and the team tacked another run on in the third on a Terrence Long single.

Brian Giles broke the game open in the fifth with a three run shot to right. Miguel Ojeda and Jon Knott each added solo shots. Ramon Vasquez added two RBI's from the leadoff spot and Brian Buchanon added the last RBI.

Kevin Walker and JJ Trujillo each pitched a scoreless inning and Huerta was able to extend his scoreless string to 6-1/3 innings.

Ex-Padre Matt Herges pitched a perfect ninth inning Wednesday, striking out one. He has now retired 21 of 22 batters faced over seven hitless innings with only one walk.

Notes:

David Wells threw 63 pitches in a minor league game on Wednesday. He threw to Humberto Quintero and is developing an interesting relationship with the catcher, something similar to how Greg Maddux used to work exclusively with a catcher that was not the usual starter.

Quintero picked off three of the six baserunners that Wells allowed on the day, prompting Wells to offer a glowing review and nod of support.

"I've got to lobby for the guy, it's amazing," Wells said. "He should not be down there. He's got the best arm in the league," Wells said. "I'm retiring if they don't take him with us. Bottom line or I'm going to renegotiate my contract.

"It's stupid; he's showing me up," Wells joked. "He's throwing 110 down to first and I'm only pitching 88 to home plate. He's good; he needs to get up there."

Meanwhile, Wells was just happy to be moving along in preparation for the season.

"I got to throw everything," Wells said. "I'm just trying to get all of my pitches. I threw some good ones and some bad ones. To go out there for five innings was good for me, just for the stamina purpose of it.

"I'm pretty close," he said. "Just my location was a little off. That happens during the season, as well. But I'm going to correct it now, going into the season. As long as I can go out there with good control and hit my spots, I'm sure I'm going to be right there."

Jay Payton got some swings in the game with Wells and notched a solo homer in the first.

The Mariners are going to ask the San Diego Padres if they would be willing to play under American League rules for one of the final two games of the spring, April 3 and 4 in new Petco Park to get Edgar Martinez some at bats. The Padres don't figure to allow that to happen as they prepare for their own season with pitchers needing at bats and the manager getting a chance to work his lineup.

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