Padres postscript: 3/8/10

A few notes, quotes, thoughts and observations from the Padres’ 5-4 loss to the Colorado Rockies at the Peoria
Sports Complex.

— We will begin with pitching. Starting pitcher Kevin Correia allowed two run in three innings, both coming on a two-run home run by Miguel Olivo in the second inning. The home run was a case of Correia elevating a pitch. He’s trying to do a better job of burying his curveball in the strike zone. That will come with time. Manager Bud Black liked the scoreless inning from No. 4 starter Clayton Richard. Black said Richard had good life to his fastball.

— Elsewhere on the pitching side, Cesar Ramos allowed three runs on five hits in his first inning of work and then settled down. Adam Russell allowed two hits in his one inning of work. Closer Heath Bell worked a scoreless inning as did Luke Gregerson. Nothing too exciting there.

— Black said that Scott Hairston, who was hit on the left hand by a pitch on Saturday, took batting practice on Monday. Hairston has a contusion to his hand and he also suffered a broken blood vessel. But even right after being hit, he had good mobility. There’s a chance he could be in the lineup Tuesday in Tempe.

— The Padres had seven hits in the game and scored three runs in the eighth inning. Chad Huffman, taking over at first base after Adrian Gonzalez had one hit in his only at-bat (he’s fine, just pacing himself) had a two-run double. Matt Antonelli followed with an RBI double of his own.

— Speaking of Antonelli, he feels like he’s been able to carry over some of the mechanical things on the hitting side that he worked on here in Arizona in the fall. I did a story on this a couple weeks ago. Check that story out there. “I feel good. The things I was working on here in the fall, I feel like I’ve been able to carry over,” he said.

On Tuesday
: The Padres travel to Tempe to take on the Angels at 1:05 p.m. locally and 12:05 p.m. PT. The game can be heard in San Diego on 1700 AM. Of course, you can also follow the action on Padres.com as well where there will be a live box score. Chris Young gets the start for the Padres and will likely throw three innings.

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Corey Brock, MLB.com, Padres.com

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