Padres pound minor league pitchers, beat Brewers 12-4

3 03 2008

Today’s game is one of those that looks a lot worse than it actually was. The game was going along smoothly through six innings, with the score being 2-1 in favor of the Padres. Then some pitchers from the Brewers’ minor league camp came in the game to eat some innings for Ned Yost. I guess it’s fair to say that it didn’t go too smoothly. As a group, Erasmo Ramirez, Robert Hinton, Steve Hammond and Josh Wahpepah gave up 7 hits, 9 walks, and 10 runs over three innings. Yost said that they were all overthrowing the ball, but it still must have been painful to watch.

Batting

Brewers regulars were pretty quiet at the plate tonight. The only projected starter that had an RBI was J.J. Hardy with an opposite-field RBI single to score Rickie Weeks. Jason Kendall and Prince Fielder were the only other starters who got hits, and they were only singles. Brad Nelson did hit a three-run shot in the 8th inning, though. That was the only spark of life in the Brewers bats today.

Matt LaPorta finished 1-1 from the plate today. He had a pinch hit single in the 4th inning, and he is now batting .571 in Spring Training so far. I think this is going to prompt a new daily feature in the game recaps called…LaPorta Watch.

LaPorta Watch = 1-1, a pinch hit single in the 4th inning.

Pitching

Jeff Suppan pitched two innings today and gave up two innings.  Suppan did not throw too much other than fastballs today, but he still gave up three hits and hit a batter today.  As suspected, he did not sound too concerned about the start.  Typical Spring Training stuff from a veteran pitcher.

Derrick Turnbow, on the other hand, was absolutely lights out today.  He pitched a 1-2-3 inning with all three outs coming via the ground out.  Yost said that Turnbow could not have pitched any better than he did today, which is a great sign heading into the regular season.

Besides D-Bow and Soup, the only other potential big league pitcher that threw today was Mitch Stetter.  A Brewers fan at the last game Stetter pitched at pointed out that Stetter looked a lot better than his line showed.  Stetter didn’t have to worry about an unseemly stat line today.  He made quick work of the Padres, allowing a hit, striking out one batter, and giving up no runs.  Solid work.

Records:  Milwaukee (2-3); San Diego (2-2)

On Tap

The Milwaukee Brewers take on the division rival Chicago Cubs.  Claudio Vargas will take the mound against Chicago’s Ryan Dempster.  The game will start at 2:05pm central time.

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