The Padres played the Diamondbacks today. Christian Friedrich got the start on the mound, and we got our first look at unicorn Christian Bethancourt in his designated hitter form. It was also Manuel Margot’s first game in left field, as Travis Jankowski was patrolling center. The real star of the game, once again, was Jabari Blash, who homered for the third consecutive day.
The first inning started off in a promising manner. Leadoff hitter Manuel Margot singled and then stole second. #2 hitter Travis Jankowski singled, moving Margot over to third. The good start fell short with a TOOTBLANkowski as he was picked off at first base, followed by groundouts from Myers and Renfroe to end the inning.
Diamondbacks starter Archie Bradley pitched three innings, surrendering just the two leadoff hits while gathering four strikeouts. Our old friend Fernando Rodney had a typical appearance, throwing a scoreless frame but granting a base on balls to Wil Myers who proceeded to steal second.
The Padres were held scoreless until the sixth inning, when Hunter Renfroe singled in Jankowski to break the seal. Hunter Renfroe also got to flash that cannon arm of his, cutting down Oswaldo Arcia at home plate. (You’ll have to take my word for it, the cameraman kinda missed the play at the plate.) The flood gates opened the following inning, first with Franchy Cordero plating Javier Guerra and Allen Cordoba. Dusty Coleman knocked Jabari Blash in with a sac fly, then Nick Buss brought Cordero home on a single up the middle.
The eighth inning was when the baseball gods truly shone on the Friars, as springtime hero Jabari Blash launched a three-run homer into the Scottsdale hills. His 2-for-2 performance with a single and a dinger today put his spring stats at 0.556/0.615/1.556. I wish there was some clever way of turning “March” and “Blash” into a catchy #Blashtag, because this is his month.
Padres starter Christian Friedrich pitched an efficient and scoreless first inning but got lit up for five runs in the second frame. Zach Lee relieved him in the third and pitched two scoreless innnings, giving up two hits. Kevin Quackenbush, Miguel Diaz, Walker Lockett, and minor league callup Adam Cimber each pitched an inning, the lone run coming off of Quackenbush.
Tomorrow the Padres are scheduled to face the White Sox at 5:40PM PST, with Luis Perdomo penciled in as the starter.