The Padres had their first of three split squad days this spring, with the A Team hosting the Oakland Athletics while the B Team hit the road to take on the Chicago White Sox. You didn't miss much if you only watched the A Team; Chicago cleaned house, beating the (mostly) second stringers 8-1. The boys in Peoria fared much better, but still lost 6-5.
James Shields started against the As, throwing two scoreless innings before handing things off to the bullpen. Luis Perdomo and Tayron Guerrero took over and put the team in a five-run hole. Brett Wallace finally got the Padres bats going with a two-run bomb to center field. The As got one of those back with a solo shot off Nick Vincent in the seventh, but the Friars kept clawing after the stretch. With two runners on, Manuel Margot hit his first triple of the spring to pull the home team within two.
Oakland looked like they might extend their lead again when Max Muncy hit a leadoff double in the ninth, but Hunter Renfroe charged a shallow fly ball from Matt McBride and gunned down Muncy at second. Trae Santos made it a close game in the ninth with a homer to right, but Francy Cordero and Christian Bethancourt struck out to end the game.
We'll see you back here tomorrow at 12:05 PM when the Padres take on the Brewers.