Maddux deals in Triple-A game

Greg Maddux

Peoria, AZ-- Easing his way back from an abdominal strain, Greg Maddux pitched four shutout innings in the Padres Triple-A game against the Rangers Saturday afternoon in Peoria.

San Diego's Triple-A squad beat Texas 5-2. Highlights included a two-run jack off the bat of Craig Stansberry and Vince Sinisi going 2-for-3 with two RBI.

Maddux faced 15 batters, striking out nine in his four innings of work while giving up a lone single, one walk and hitting a batter. He threw 59 pitches in four innings, laboring most in the third and fourth frames after getting through the first and second on 25 pitches. Maddux struck out the side in both the third and fourth innings.

The Padres took an early 1-0 lead in the second inning on two doubles. Pete LaForest doubled to the right field corner and was driven home two batters later on Vince Sinisi's two-bagger to deep right-center. After leaving men at the corners in the third frame, San Diego widened their lead to 2-0 in the fourth. Craig Stansberry was plunked in the back with a pitch and subsequently swiped second. With one out, Sinisi singled up the middle to plate Stansberry.

The Padres looked to break the game open in the sixth, taking a 5-0 lead after Brett Dowdy dashed home to score on a wild pitch and Craig Stansberry squeaked a two-run homer over the fence in left field.

Relieving Greg Maddux in the fifth inning was Jack Cassel who looked strong in his first extended outing of the spring. After four one-inning appearances in big league camp, Cassel pitched three innings Saturday, giving up two runs while striking out six. He looked sharp in his first two innings of work, but tired in his third when he gave up the two runs on two doubles and one hit batsman. Cassel struck out the side in the seventh inning.

Steve Watkins pitched two scoreless innings to close out the game for the Padres squad. Making his first appearance since being sent down Wednesday, Watkins struck out two while giving up two singles and a walk.

Game Notes: Craig Stansberry missed a second homer by about ten feet in his first at bat. The ball had the distance but fell just right of the right field foul pole.

Michael Johnson executed a beautiful hit and run in the sixth inning, lining a single into left with Brett Dowdy taking off from first. After reaching third on the hit and run, Dowdy scored on a wild pitch.

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