After months without baseball and a couple weeks of teasing, the Padres are actually playing games again! Now, they got their collective butts handed to them, but they did it for charity. As always, the proceeds from the first matchup against their spring roommates/hated interleague rivals benefited Peoria area charities. If the Friars lose 7-0 with three homers on Opening Day, I might get worried. But today a bunch of third-tier pitchers served up meatballs for a good cause and I'm just happy to hear Ted and Jesse on my radio-like device.
There weren't a ton of highlights on the Padres side of the box score, but Robbie Erlin started off the game well. He's trying to earn a spot on the roster after a few years of pretty sloppy pitching, and he got off on the right foot today. He got two ground outs and a fly ball, allowing just one hit on a line drive from Robinson Cano.
Melvin Upton, Jr. picked up the first of the team's four hits today, but the bright spot on offense was 2013 top pick Hunter Renfroe, who went two-for-two. Defensively, backup middle infielders Skip Schumaker and Alexi Amarista showed some chemistry with the first double play of the year.
Come back again tomorrow at 12:10 PST when the Pads get to be the home team for Spring Vedder Cup rematch.