PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) Sean Gallagher and Mat Latos are on track to make the battle for the fifth spot in the San Diego Padres’ rotation interesting.
Both pitchers allowed a run over three innings, and Will Venable hit a three-run homer to help a Padres split squad rally for a 5-4 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday.
Latos, who was 4-5 with a 4.62 ERA in 10 starts last season, pitched in relief of Gallagher and allowed one unearned run on three hits while striking out two. The 21-year-old has worked with the Padres on several aspects of his game since last September, including a slight adjustment to his delivery, as well as adding a curveball into his repertoire.
While he only threw two curves against the Brewers, he’s confident it’s a viable weapon.
“It’s a pitch now,” Latos said. “I just started throwing it again in September. I felt really good today, but the changeup felt the best coming out of my hand.”
Gallagher, who made eight relief appearances for the Padres last September, allowed two hits to open the game before retiring the next nine batters he faced, including three with strikeouts.
“(Gallagher’s) fastball was firm, good location and I liked the curve,” manager Bud Black said. “I thought both he and Mat threw well.”
Yovani Gallardo was happy with how he threw in his start for Milwaukee after he got through the first inning. Gallardo, who was 13-12 with a 3.73 ERA in 30 starts in 2009, said he was hurrying himself early when he allowed a single to David Eckstein and walked Adrian Gonzalez with one out. One out later, Gallardo caught too much of the plate with an 0-1 slider, and Venable launched it for a homer.
“I was rushing out there but after that I found that rhythm,” Gallardo said. “I felt really good.”
Mike Adams pitched a scoreless ninth inning in his first spring training outing since 2006 to earn a save.
Padres prospect Logan Forsythe, who is being moved from third base to second, had a two-run double in the bottom of the eighth inning to give the Padres the lead.
Shortstop Alcides Escobar and catcher Gregg Zaun each had two hits for the Brewers.