Padres postscript: 3/6/10

A few notes, quotes, thoughts and observations from the Padres’ 7-3 loss to the Seattle Mariners at the Peoria
Sports Complex.

— Starting pitcher Jon Garland allowed one run on two hits in two innings. The run scored on a wild pitch. But the first question he was asked after his outing was about the line drive he took off the inside of his left knee in the second inning. Garland was more peeved than hurt. “In my eyes, I should have caught it,” he said. Garland was pleased with the way he pitched, getting five of his six outs on the ground. “Mechanically, I feel pretty good.”

— Garland was talking about how he spoke with catcher Yorvit Torrealba before the game on what they wanted to do against the Mariners. Garland said he wanted to go almost all fastballs with a few cutters in the mix.  He said that he has enjoyed throwing to Torrealba. “I think that he has a good set-up back there and calls a good game,” Garland said. He also said he’s essentially been working with a new catcher each of the last four years.

— The Padres, who have vowed to be more aggressive on the bases this season, missed out on a chance to score a run in the second inning when Matt Antonelli couldn’t get a bunt down on a tough pitch outside with Logan Forsythe bolting down the line on a squeeze attempt. Hey, it’s spring, right? I personally love things like this. I think it’s the kind of thing the Padres can (and will) have to do to steal a run now and then.

Luis Durango had a wild seventh inning. He had a well-hit ball sail over his head on a Greg Halman into a two-run triple. But he atoned for it later by throwing out Halman at the plate on a fly ball to semi-shallow center field. Manager Bud Black liked the throw. I think Durango has a better arm than people think. His calling card is still his speed. I still question if his bat will hold up in the big leagues over time. We’ll see.

— On the pitching side, Ryan Webb (hip) made his first outing of the spring. He struck out one and faced three batters. Simon Castro, a top prospect, also tossed a scoreless inning. Cory Luebke, who I like, got a few fastballs up and was hurt by five hits and three runs over his two innings.

— Outfielder Scott Hairston had to leave the game after being struck on the left hand by a pitch and left the game. He was set to have precautionary x-rays. He said in the clubhouse after the game that he didn’t expect there would be an issues and he had good mobility in his hand. If there’s an update, we’ll provide it.

Jerry Hairston Jr. had three of the Padres eight hits, including two doubles. He played at shortstop and handled the two balls his his way. I like what he brings, offensively as well as defensively. Good pick-up.

On Sunday: Yes, it’s the Padres and Mariners again. The Padres
will be the away team this time. The game is at 1:05 p.m. locally and
12:05 p.m. PT back in San Diego.

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Corey Brock, MLB.com, Padres.com, Twitter: FollowThe Padres

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