The Padres have had an interesting spring. The hitters have all done very well, but the pitchers have not been the best. Here’s a recap of the past week of Padres Cactus League baseball.
On March 23 rd, the Padres played the Royals. Padres’ starter Chris Young went 4.1 innings, giving up three runs on five hits. Cesar Ramos then threw three innings, allowing three runs. The Padres were down 7-4 going into the ninth inning, but they rallied back to get five runs. Chase Headley hit a three-run walk-off homer to win it for the Padres. Kyle Blanks, Henry Blanco, and Everth Cabrera each drove in a run. The Padres won the game, walk-off style, 9-7.
March 24 th found the Padres playing the Angels. Cha Seung Baek, whose 3 rd spot in the rotation is at risk, gave up nine runs in 4.2 innings. Adrian Gonzalez crushed his first home run of the spring, a two-run shot. The Padres fell, 10-5.
The Padres played the Indians on March 25 th. Starter Kevin Correia, who is vying for a rotation spot, allowed six runs in 5.2 innings. Cla Meredith threw a scoreless inning. He has not yet allowed a run this spring. Henry Blanco hit a home run. Adrian Gonzalez had two hits. David Eckstein had three hits. The Padres lost 8-4.
March 26 th was an off-day for the Padres. But there was still some exciting news from the organization. The club announced that Jeff Moorad and his group of partners had bought one-third of the franchise. Moorad will have five years to fully buy the Padres. He immediately became CEO, replacing Sandy Alderson. This move is very exciting for Padres fans. Moorad brings years of experience with the Diamondbacks to San Diego. In all hope, he will make this San Diego club better.
The Padres faced off against the A’s on March 28 th. It was the best game of any this spring. Jake Peavy, recently returned from the World Baseball Classic, threw his third Cactus League start this spring. He did spectacularly, throwing six innings, allowing two hits and striking out seven. Stellar outing by the Opening Day starter! Shawn Hill followed Jake, throwing two innings. He gave up back-to-back home runs to Nomar Garciaparra and Jack Cust. Edwin Moreno ended the game with two strikeouts and a fly ball to center. On the offensive side, Scott Hairston was the man. He hit a two-run blast in the Padres’ four-run fourth. In the sixth, he hit another bomb, this time a solo. Kevin Kouzmanoff also drove in a run, and the Padres won 5-2.
The Padres’ pitching has still not been doing that well. It’s going to be very interesting to see how this roster shapes up in the next week. We have a lot of great arms, but they aren’t doing well this spring. Hopefully the Padres will be able to build a solid pitching staff from the arms we have in camp.
The offense is ready. They have been hitting very well, and I think it will definitely be better than last year’s. We’ve got some excellent hitters on this team!
One more week of Spring Training. It’s been fun, but I think we’re all ready to get to games that actually have meaning. I know I sure am. I can’t wait for April 6 th, to listen to a great game for the Padres. This will be a very fun season! Go Padres!
By Kaity Bergquist MLBCenter.com San Diego Padres Correspondent