Well, it's going to be hard to find any redeeming qualities in a 15-6 loss, but let's dig through the pile. Coming off a 8-4 loss, the Padres needed to ramp up the offense just a bit more, and stop giving up sloppy innings. They ramped up the offense today, but the pitching got sloppier.
In just two innings, Brandon Maurer gave up two single-RBIs, a double-RBI, and three home runs for a whopping total of 10 runs in less than two full innings pitched and only 15 total batters faced. Not much happiness to be found there. The good part was when Maurer came out, and Trey McNutt extinguished some of the flames.
In other defensive news, Wil Myers is looking pretty great at first, with Jon Jay looking to lock in the center field role, Myers is getting in as much work as possible in his new infield spot. Last night he had a solid diving play to get a lead out, albeit with a bit of a rough throw to the bag.
Drew Pomeranz fanned the flames back up again after giving up a triple-RBI and another home run to the Giants. Jason Jester, Matt Thortnon, and Nick Vincent put out the flames for good, but it didn't really matter at this point. That's not to say the Friars lineup wasn't doing their darnedest to climb over the mountain of runs set up by their boys on the mound.
Austin Hedges and Cory Spangenberg had a pair of sick RBIs in the top of the 2nd. Hedges has thrown together a nice .300 AVG with 2 dingers and 7 RBIs in 20 spring at-bats.
Matt Kemp and Jon Jay both paired up for a repeat of the game prior by both hitting solo homers, both of them having another multi-hit night. Kemp collected his first hit wearing a jersey with not-his-number 94 plastered on the back, and mashed a nice fade away HR for his second hit.
Meanwhile, Jay's HR was an absolute bomb and in the correct jersey. Alexi Amarista joined the multi-hit group for the night as well with a triple.
The Padres night of offense was capped off with a hearty RBI-triple from Jemile Weeks, and a single from Travis Jankowski to knock him in. Great to see from Weeks, who has hit in 11 of his 23 at-bats for the spring thus far.
Maurer isn't really making a good case for himself in the journey for a spot in the Padres '16 starting rotation, so Colin Rea will continue to make a case for himself today against the Rockies.
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