Thanks to a break in the lousy weather that’s been pummeling the southwest recently, Cactus League baseball is finally in full swing, and the Padres are making an early run at that coveted spring training title. Manny Machado might not have taken the field today, but the Padres managed to top the hated Mariners in the annual Peoria charity game.
The Friars fielded a veritable who’s who of “Oh, yeah, I guess that guy is in our system” today, but they put up six runs against their Vedder Cup rival. Jose Pirela, who is somehow still a Padre, actually went 2-for-2 with a double and a run to lead the offense. Catcher Luis Torrens, who will only make the 25-man roster in the case of a complete disaster, started his spring with a triple, so at least he’ll have some nice memories.
Bryan Mitchell was the starting pitcher today, but hopefully that’s not a phrase anyone will be using for too much longer. He gave up a solo shot in his first of two innings, but it was 9th round AAA pitcher Jerry Keel that really got roughed up by Seattle. He gave up three runs in the fourth inning before he was replaced by some other pitcher who doesn’t appear on the depth chart.
Anyway, these spring training games don’t mean anything, and they especially don’t mean anything right now because there are still a bunch of minor leaguers you’ve never heard of getting innings. But baseball is back (kind of) and the Padres won! The Manny Machado Era is off to a good start.