The San Diego Padres are now 9-1 on the Cactus League season after a 9-0 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday.
The San Diego Padres used a strong third inning and their fourth shutout of Spring Training to improve their Cactus League-leading record.
Sloppy play from the Milwaukee Brewers capped off by a grand slam from Abraham Almonte led to seven runs in the third inning. From there, the Padres never looked back, winning 9-0.
Garrett Richards made his Spring Training debut for the Padres. Richards pitched two innings efficiently on 26 pitches. He did allow a hit to Brewers’ first baseman Logan Morrison but erased it when Orlando Arcia grounded into a double play to end the inning.
Another 13-pitch inning for Garrett Richards. Allowed a lead-off single, got a double play grounder to end second inning.
Again mostly at 96-97 mph. Threw 20 strikes among 26 pitches.
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The pitching staff dominated the Milwaukee Brewers. Logan Morrison’s hit in the third was the only baserunner surrendered by the San Diego Padres.
LHP Drew Pomeranz came out of the bullpen first for the Padres. He struck out two in his lone inning. LHP Matt Strahm and RHP Lake Bachar followed up Pomeranz with an inning and a strikeout each.
Jimmy Yacabonis got tasked with multiple innings in relief. He struck out four in two innings of work, including all three batters in the seventh inning.
Fred Schlichtholz pitched a scoreless eight with no strikeouts before David Bednar came in for the ninth. He struck out the final batter to end the game.
The offense for the San Diego Padres began in the third when Manny Machado drove in a run on a fielder’s choice. Hosmer then followed Machado with an RBI single. The bases were eventually loaded for Abraham Almonte, who cleared the bases and the fence with a grand slam to center field.
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Wil Myers added to the score with a solo home run in the fifth. That brings his home run total to three for Spring Training.
Jason Vosler tacked on an insurance run in the eighth with a bloop single.
A dominating performance on the mound and at the plate moves the San Diego Padres to 9-1 in Cactus League play. The win also stretches their Cactus League standings lead to 2.5 games.
The Padres will host the Kansas City Royals Wednesday at 1:10 MT. The Royals are the only team to beat the Padres in 2020. Highly touted RHP prospect Luis Patiño is expected to make his Cactus League debut.