Padres 8, Diamondbacks 0
Padres pitching prospect Joe Wieland is still expected to be
sent to the minors for more seasoning after an impressive
performance in his first spring start.
Wieland struck out four and allowed just two hits in four
innings, and San Diego’s split squad beat the Arizona Diamondbacks’
split squad 8-0 on Wednesday.
”I like the use of the fastball hitting both sides of the plate
and he mixed in some changes, which he needs to do,” manager Bud
Black said. ”A good breaking ball and a good curveball to (Aaron)
Hill to end the fourth – that was big. A little stress on him and
he made some pitches.”
Chase Headley and Carlos Quentin hit back-to-back home runs and
Nate Freiman added a three-run homer.
”Our offense stayed on them and a couple of big swings by Q and
Chase were good to see,” Black said. ”We added on there in the
ninth. All three homers were well struck.”
Patrick Corbin started the game for Arizona and allowed three
hits and struck out three in three scoreless innings. Trevor Bauer,
the third overall pick of last June’s draft, followed Corbin, going
two innings and giving up one hit and one walk while striking out
”It looked like he had a lot of composure from the first
pitch,” Diamondback manager Kirk Gibson said. ”Bauer threw the
ball well. He hung an 0-2 curveball and stranded the guy out there.
I am sure he was not happy with it but the important thing was he
got out of the inning.”
Takashi Saito gave up the home runs to Headley and Quentin, the
first two batters he faced.
NOTES: Padres second baseman Orlando Hudson was a late scratch
because of a strained right groin. He will miss several days. . For
the second consecutive day, Diamondbacks outfielder Justin Upton
was hit by a pitch. Last season Upton was hit 19 times to tie for
the most in the National league. The Washington Nationals’ Danny
Espinosa was also plunked 19 times last season . Both benches were
warned after Diamondbacks pitcher David Hernandez hit the Padres’
Will Venerable in the seventh inning.