Padres postscript: 3/4/10
A few notes, quotes, thoughts and observations from the Padres first game of the spring, a 9-3 loss to the Seattle Mariners at the Peoria Sports Complex.
— Chris Young’s first appearance in a game since June 14 of last season was overall good. He admitted to having some nervous energy and I think that accounted for him being a little excited and led to some command issues. Fastball was clocked at 88, which is encouraging. His slider was good, got Josh Bard on a strikeout with it. Also, good late life on the fastball up. A nice start for Young. He’ll throw in upwards of 45 pitches in his next start.
— Kyle Blanks had two hits and drove in a run and had no issues in the field. His first hit, a long double to center field, was hit well. Maybe got a little help on a windy day, though it didn’t mean much. The big man can swing it. I like the sound when he squares one up.
— Manager Bud Black said he liked the way Chase Headley swung the bat his first two times up. Headley didn’t have a hit in three at-bats and stuck out in his last at-bat. Headley was not tested in the field.
— Matt Stairs smoked a home run to right field. This came after he struck out earlier in the game. The swing looks good and if there were any concerns that Stairs’ weight loss (he’s down 32 pounds since the end of last seasons) might diminish his power, well, I don’t think that’s going to be an issue. In my mind, regardless of today, he’s on the team. Note: If he does make the team, he’ll earn $700,000.
— Kevin Correia was very efficient today. He threw 22 pitches over two scoreless innings. “It was good to get the speed of the game again. I got to use all of my pitches.” Correia, really, looked like he did a year ago when he won 12 games. A nice first start for him.
— The kids, James Darnell, Logan Forsythe and Luis Durango, each had hits. The speedy Durango looked like he had a second — on a ground ball in the infield, no less — but he was called out at first base on a very close play.
— The pitching. Adam Russell allowed one run on two hits in one inning. Heath Bell allowed a home run. Luke Gregerson and Luis Perdomo each tossed scoreless innings. Radhames Liz wasn’t so lucky. He allowed six runs in the eighth inning, including a grand slam to Seattle’s Tommy Everidge. Ouch.
On Friday: The Padres and Mariners play again in Peoria, locally at 1:05 p.m. and 12:05 p.m. PT
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Corey Brock, MLB.com.