Day 22: B-Bombers are fun!
Updated: 4:35 p.m.
PEORIA, Ariz — Manager Bud Black perked up a little Sunday morning when he was asked about the young players in camp who typically enter games around the sixth inning, players like Matt Clark, Jaff Decker, Edinson Rincon, Rymer Liriano and Jonathan Galvez.
“The B-Bombers are fun,” Black said of this group — think A team as the starters and the B team has their replacements, mostly players who don’t figure into the team’s plans this season but certainly do in the future.
What’s not to like?
Going into Sunday’s game …
— Decker is tied for the team lead with five hits, including two home runs and a team-best four RBIs.
— Rincon is 5-for-8, with three of the hits being doubles.
— Liriano, regarded as the top prospect in the system, had two fine running catches in right field Saturday. He’s 4-for-8 with two RBIs.
— Clark is 4-for-5 with one home run. Official stats have him at 4-for-6, but, apparently, there’s a discrepancy.
— Galvez is 4-for-7.
“These guys aren’t playing enough,” Black quipped.
Anyway, more news/updates later on the blog.
D-backs (2-5) at Padres (3-5), 1:05 p.m. PT Peoria Sports Complex
Radio/TV: XX 1090 (Andy Masur, Jerry Coleman and Bob Scanlan). Tune in at 1 p.m.
The lineups: Maybin 8 Hudson 4 Headley 5 Quentin 7 Alonso 3 Hundley 2 Venable 9 Parrino 6 Stauffer 1.
The pitchers: Stauffer (3 innings), Frieri 1, Thatcher 1, Boxberger 1, Owings 1, Erlin (1 or 2), Burns 1.
Updated: 10:25 a.m. PT
— Third baseman Chase Headley is in the starting lineup for the Padres. This will be his first Cactus League game of the season. He’s cleared all tests to this point and manager Bud Black doesn’t see this being an issue or even something Headley needs to be super cognizant of moving forward. It’s more of a one-time thing.
— Shortstop Jason Bartlett (right knee) came out of his first appearance of the spring fine, Black said. He’s not in there today, but I would expect he’ll play Monday. The Padres will take another look at Andy Parrino today, this time at shortstop.
— Speaking of Parrino, he’s been bouncing all over the infield and has taken fly balls in the outfield during practice. He hasn’t appeared in the outfield yet, but has looked good at shortstop, second base and third base. He hit a home run yesterday in Goodyear.
— Bud Black was asked about the NL West. Here’s what he said: “The nature of this division is one where it’s tough to predict. There’s a lot of good teams but not one that stands out about the others.
— You might have noticed that Tim Stauffer, today’s pitcher, is scheduled to hit ninth, as the D-backs and Padres will let their pitchers hit. Or will they? Depending on the situation, Black could use Stauffer to bunt or he could use someone like, say, Mark Kotsay as a pinch-hitter off of the bench. Stauffer is scheduled to go three innings so I could see him hitting for himself at least once. Remember, these guys need work, too.
Updated: 4:35 p.m.
— Tough one for the Padres today, as they allow five runs over the final two innings in a 8-7 loss to the D-backs. Orlando Hudson had two hits, including his first spring home run. Headley was 1-for-2 with a walk and said his back felt fine.
— Rincon had two more doubles on Sunday, giving him five. He’s 7-for-10 overall at the plate and looks fearless in the batters’ box. He’s been a nice story for the Padres early in Cactus League play, especially for a guy who won’t get even a sniff of the Major Leagues this season.
— Defense still means something. An error by Padres shortstop Jeudy Valdez made an error in the eighth inning that led to two unearned runs.
— In the ninth, when the D-backs scored three times, reliever Brad Boxberger allowed three runs on three hits with one walk and a wild pitch. That wild pitch allowed one run to score. Another run scored on that plate when the ball caromed back toward Boxberger who didn’t immediately retrieve it.
— My colleague, Jesse Sanchez, wrote a nice story on Padres prospect Rymer Liriano. Be sure to check it out.
— Also, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention pitcher Robbie Erlin. He came into the game in the third inning after Tim Stauffer reached 58 pitches. Erlin inherited two base runners but got a fly ball and a double-play ground ball to minimize the damage.
That’s it for today. See you tomorrow.
Corey Brock, MLB.com