Padres postscript: 3/13/10

Well, we just had one of those kind of Spring Training games here in Phoenix. Nineteen runs, 29 hits, 12 pitches and 18 runners stranded on base.

How was your Saturday?

The Padres rallied for five runs in the ninth inning only to fall 10-9 to the A’s in 10 inning when first baseman Mitch Canham was charged with an error on a ground ball.

Anyway, here’s the details from this one …

– Starting pitcher Kevin Correia allowed five runs on six hits over 3 2/3 innings. The fifth run scored when Luke Gregerson allowed a hit after Correia left the game. Correia struck out three and threw 67 pitches, something he was encouraged by. “They hit some good pitches and some mistakes. The main goal in the spring is to get your pitch count up and feel strong.”

Matt Antonelli had a two-run double as part of that five-run ninth inning. He is now hitting .474 this spring. Someone asked me if Antonelli could make the 25-man roster to open the season if he keeps this up. The answer is: No. With David Eckstein and Jerry Hairston Jr., the Padres are in good shape at second base. That doesn’t mean we won’t see him at some point in the season. It’s March 13. Let this thing play out. I will say that Antonelli and his new swing and approach have impressed the coaching staff and, I’m sure, the front office.

Mark Worrell threw a scoreless inning today, his first appearance in a game since having Tommy John surgery last March 25. I did a short story that can be found at Padres.com.

– The big news of the day (in my mind) were the six stolen bases the Padres had. I asked manager Bud Black if is was merely an extension of what they’ve been preaching all spring or something they saw with the A’s pitchers/catchers. He said this: “We’re just continuing that thought process, especially in Spring Training, where we’re going to do some thing on the bases. We want guys to test themselves.” Tony Gwynn, Will Venable and Chris Denorfia each had two steals. Luis Durango was thrown out.

– I asked Black about the Padres two lineup scratches on Saturday — Oscar Salazar and Yorvit Torrealba. Salazar has been battling a sore right heel and Torrealba suffered a cut on his pinkie finger in a game last week against the Cubs. Doesn’t sound like either player will be out for very long.

– Pitcher Aaron Poreda, who allowed six runs in a game last week without recording an out, struggled again. He allowed three runs and three walks in one-third of an inning. “He just couldn’t get the ball in the zone. He looked uncomfortable.” Top prospect Simon Castro allowed a home run in the bottom of the ninth inning. He had two wild pitches (Poreda had one). “You like the arm, you like the stuff, you like the overall package,” Black said. “He’s excited, probably a little anxious and maybe came out of his stuff a little.”

– Other random tidbits: Former Padres third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff played in the A’s slit-squad game in Scottsdale on Saturday but made it back in time to stop by the visiting clubhouse and talk to Black and some former teammates. Great dude. … Denorfia had three hits on Saturday, as did Durango. … Lance Zawadzki had an RBI single in that big ninth inning.

On Saturday:
The Padres return to Peoria to face the Cleveland Indians at 1:05 p.m. Hey,  Chan. 4 will be in town for the first time to broadcast a game. It will be nice to see Mud, Mark and Ed. I’m going to assume they’ve been following Padres.com and are up to speed!

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Corey Brock, MLB.com, Padres.com

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