The San Diego Padres pitching continues to give up big runs in the Arizona air. While the team says it is just the elements, it is a little concerning as the team heads into the opening week of the season. On Thursday, the Friars lost to the Mariners 13-6 with Seattle scoring four runs in the top half of the first.
Jake Peavy struggled in his last outing of the spring. He allowed one first frame homer and gave up seven runs, six earned, on six hits in three innings. He also surrendered a round tripper to Raul Ibanez.
"He hung a slider to (John) Olerud," Bochy said of the homer Peavy allowed in the top of the first inning. "Overall, he didn't throw badly. He had good stuff. It wasn't as good as the start before but I thought it was pretty good."
In total, Padres pitching gave up 16 hits on the day. Jay Witasick allowed three runs in relief of Peavy, Joey Hamilton allowed one run over two innings and Brandon Puffer allowed two runs. Scott Linebrink and Bryan Gall were the on pitchers not to allow a run.
Kerry Robinson went 3-for-5 in his debut for San Diego, Jay Payton added two hits in his return to the lineup, Phil Nevin added an RBI, and Luis Cruz had two hits, including a three run home run.
Jon Knott was called the surprise of camp by Manager Bruce Bochy. Knott has continued his upward rise through the system and will head to Portland this year.
Brian Sanches was traded to the Phillies for a player to be named later. Sanches was acquired last season in a trade with Kansas City.
Ken Caminiti was hospitalized Wednesday after a motorcycle accident in the Phoenix area. He reportedly underwent surgery to repar a thumb injury.
The Padres will move their training back to San Diego on Friday. They have scheduled a night practice to get accustomed to how their new stadium will play. Their first game, albeit spring training, will come against the Mariners on Saturday.
The Mobile BayBears start their season off on the 8th of April against Carolina. Gary Jones is the new manager in Mobile. Outfielder Ben Johnson will start the year in Mobile.
The Fort Wayne Wizards will open their season on the road on April 8 against the South Bend Silver Hawks.
The Padres made inquiries into Milton Bradley, the troubled centerfielder currently with the Cleveland Indians. They are not expected to be serious suitors for the talented, yet enigmatic, centerfielder.
Jason Schmidt of the San Francisco Giants is targeting a return of April 10th – just in time to meet the Padres in San Diego.