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Padres drop two games on Split-Squad Day

Wisler has "deer in headlights" down pat.
Wisler has "deer in headlights" down pat.
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It was a bad day for Padres pitchers, as they gave up a combined seventeen runs across two games and ten pitchers. James Shields gave up his first runs of the spring against the Brewers, and hot prospect Matt Wisler was absolutely destroyed by the the A's. If you're looking for a promising performance from one of today's pitchers, take a glance at Odrisamer Despaigne, who turned in a solid start to keep himself in the running for the fifth spot in the rotation. The offense didn't fare much better today, combining to go 13 for 66 with 20 strikeouts and 10 walks. Oof.

Shields gave up four runs (three earned) in his first loss with the team. If you want a bright side, he struck out five batters in his three innings, and allowed only three hits (though that did include a 3-run homer by Carlos Gomez). There was no bright side for Wisler. In one inning, he gave up eight runs (seven earned) on six hits and two walks. And to put the cherry on this awful sundae, Ben Zobrist took him deep with two men on. Brandon Morrow is probably still the likely fifth starter, but O-Des put in a solid four innings, holding Oakland to a pair of runs on six hits.

The bats were mostly pretty miserable, too, but there are a few dingers to report. Cameron Maybin picked up his first of the spring off Matt Garza. Jedd Gyorko also hit his first bomb off Garza. Hopefully we'll see more of that from him and less of what we've seen from him at the plate the last couple weeks. Don't expect to see Diego Goris on the 25-man anytime soon, but he took Corey Knebel yard to inject a little hope into the bottom of the 9th. Meanwhile against Oakland, Tommy Medica went deep on Fernando Abad to provide the team's only two runs of the afternoon.

It was a bad day, but it's spring and hope still, uh, springs eternal. Be back here tomorrow at 1:10 PM. Tyson Ross gets the start against the Rockies. You can listen on MLB.com and MLB At Bat.

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