Today’s spring training matchup featured the Padres hosting the Kansas City Royals. Trevor Cahill was the scheduled starter for the Padres, and Josh Staumont toed the rubber for the Royals. Andy Green decided to go young with today’s starting lineup, which featured both Rule 5 position players. This is how you build a lineup with speed at the top, power in the middle, and youth (plus a pitcher) at the rear:
Cahill’s start went sideways real quick. He got through the first inning without any crooked numbers, but gave up five runs in the second before getting the hook for Paul Clemens. Clemens was able to get out of the inning, but not before allowing both inherited runners plus one more to score. We can’t place all of the blame on the pitchers, as there were three errors and a passed ball in that mess. The Royals were up to an early lead through two, 9-0. Yuck.
The Padres finally got off the scheid in the bottom of the fourth by virtue of the small ball. Wil Myers got on base thanks to a fielding error, and a Hunter Renfroe double off the wall (that he absolutely smoked) got him to third base. Myers came off the field after arriving at third base for pinch runner Dusty Coleman, with what was later reported to be neck tightness. Luis Sardiñas singled Coleman in, and Renfroe later scored during a groundout off Allen Cordoba’s bat. With those two runs, the Padres closed the gap to 9-2.
Clemens went on to pitch 3.2 innings (that really should be 3.66... but I digress), giving up the two aforementioned runs plus two more in the top of the fifth thanks to an Alex Gordon two-run homer. The Royals rampage continued in the sixth as they teed off on Tyrell Jenkins. The bright side is that he didn’t get lit up in the seventh, so he’s got that going for him, which is nice. Andre Rienzo and Phil Maton got an inning each of mop-up duty for the eighth and ninth innings. The Padres added one futile run in the bottom of the eighth. Franmil Reyes sprayed a single to left, and professional Prince impersonator Carlos Asuaje brought him home with a double. The final score of this ugly match was 13-3.