The Padres visited the rival Dodgers today, with a tasty pitching matchup of young arms: Luis Perdomo vs. Julio Urias. While these two pitchers each play a big part of their teams’ respective future plans, neither is likely to appear in next week’s series, with Urias announced to start the season in extended spring training and Perdomo either making the home opener start or staying in Peoria for some extended spring of his own. In the meantime, we got to see these two kids take the bump today. The Dodgers played split squad games today, but with Adrian Gonzalez, Justin Turner, Joc Pederson, and others in the lineup, it’s wasn’t a “B”-squad contingent. Since it’s nice to see the Padres’ lineup but annoying for an embedded tweet to take up a whole page, I present to you Bill Center’s version:
Tues #Padres vs. Dodgers: Margot CF, Myers 1B, Solarte (S) 2B, Renfroe RF, Cowgill LF, Hedges C, Spangenberg (L)3B, Cordoba SS, Perdomo RHP— Bill Center (@PadresCentral) March 28, 2017
Both pitchers got off to fine starts, keeping the game scoreless through three innings. Urias checked out with an out to go in the third, and Perdomo went three full innings. The two kids showed well in their final spring appearances. The Dodgers drew first blood, scoring two on a Bobby Wilson home run off Phil Maton, putting a rare blemish on Maton’s excellent spring. Funny, I recall seeing Bobby Wilson perform with the Beach Boys at the Murph back in the ‘90’s. Glad to know he’s doing well, but he can go hit homers against other teams, thank you very much. Kevin Quackenbush must be feeling the heat, as he stayed clean through an inning, lowering his ERA into single digits at 9.58.
The Padres staged a comeback in the sixth with Wil Myers and Yangervis Solarte knocking singles, then Hunter Renfroe knocking Myers in with a double. Unfortunately the mini-rally sputtered, with the Padres leaving both runners stranded. Christian Bethancourt pitched the bottom of the sixth, once again throwing a scoreless inning, his only blemish coming when he hit Scott Van Slyke to give him a free base. Through six, the Padres trailed 2-1.
Dem bums scored again in the eighth, as Josh Hancock got himself mired in a jam, walking the bases. He gave way to fellow minor leaguer Charles Nading, who proceeded to hit batsman Omar Estevez, sending Logan Landon home. With the deficit now 3-1, the Padres were down to their final three outs to bring the game back for the good guys. Jabari Blash struck out. Colin Cowgill struck out. Hector Sanchez struck out. Game over, Dodgers won 3-1.
Let’s look at the bright side here. Wil Myers went two-for-three. Manuel Margot hit a double. All of the pitchers with a chance to make the roster (Perdomo, Quackenbush, Bethancourt, Brandon Maurer) had clean outings. Nobody made an error, nobody got hurt.
We get to do this again tomorrow as the Padres visit the White Sox. Jhoulys Chacin is expected to make his final start before Opening Day against Dylan Covey. The game is scheduled for a 12:05 first pitch.