Padres postscript: 3/10/10

A few notes, quotes, thoughts and observations from the Padres’ 5-4 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday at the Peoria
Sports Complex.

Note: The Padres also played in Goodyear against the Indians, losing 10-5. The box score from that game is here in case you’re interested.

— Third baseman Logan Forsythe had a two-run double in the eighth inning Wednesday that gave the Padres the lead for good. Afterward, Padres manager Bud Black said he continues to be impressed by Forsythe’s approach at the plate. Forsythe has four hits in eight at-bats with four RBIs. “It’s Spring Training … I’m still trying to find my swing,” Forsythe said. “Last year, I don’t think I had a hit the first week [of spring].”

— Pitchers Sean Gallagher and Mat Latos, appearing in the same game, each went three innings and both pitched well against the Brewers. We’ve talked about it before, but this race for the No. 5 spot in the rotation is going to be interesting. Black liked Gallagher’s firm fastball and his curveball. He froze Casey McGehee on a dandy curveball in the first inning. Latos allowed an earned run but impressed Black with his changeup and tight slider.

Mike Adams, who had been sidelined by a strained hamstring, made his first appearance in a game. He worked a scoreless ninth inning. He allowed one walk and had one strikeouts. He said the hamstring is find, it’s more regaining the touch and feel of his pitches. “I’m nowhere near where I want to be,” Adams said. “I’m getting closer. Every time out, I feel a little better.”

— I guess it doesn’t matter if it’s spring or the regular season. Adrian Gonzalez just doesn’t get a whole lot to hit. He saw a bunch of pitches in his first two plate appearances Wednesday, walking twice. Maybe the Brewers remember when they saw him last season, the game where Gonzalez had six hits in a nine-inning game? Either way, get used to seeing Gonzalez getting pitched around.

— Looks like Will Venable is finding his swing. He had two hits Tuesday in Tempe and drilled a three-run home run in the first inning against the Brewers, turning on a high slider, sending it far over the wall in right field and onto the grass. Three of his four hits this spring have gone for extra bases.

— I did look at the box score from the game against the Indians. Aaron Poreda struggled but Wade LeBlanc did well (one run in 3 innings). Top prospect Simon Castro, who I am hearing a lot of good things about, pitched two scoreless innings with two strikeouts. Catcher Mike Collins hit a home run in the game. Aaron Cunningham continues to play well. Had had an RBI double.

— The Padres continue to push things on the bases. Luis Durango had a stolen base and then was caught stealing third — on his own. Black has challenged base runners to take chances, get good leads and generally be more aggressive. They’re running a lot this spring and I would expect they’ll run a lot in the regular season.

— Third base prospect Edinson Rincon, who won’t turn 20 until August, appeared in the game on Wednesday. He worked a walk in the eighth inning. As an 18-year-old, Rincon hit .300 with seven home runs and 47 RBIs at short-season Eugene, playing against college kids. It’s not uncommon for the Padres to pull over a player from Minor League camp for reinforcements for games. Heck, we might even see No. 1 pick Donavan Tate at some point

On Thursday: The Padres will be back at the Peoria Sports Complex, this time to face the Chicago White Sox at 12:05 p.m PT.

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Corey Brock, MLB.com, Padre.com

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