Tim Stauffer gave up one run on two innings pitched. He performed well in limited action, but that’s where the Padres’ pitching stopped performing. From the third inning on, Padres pitchers gave up 12 runs. Prospects Robbie Erlin and Juan Oramas both got hit hard. Each gave up home runs to Royals’ designated hitter Max Ramirez.
Ramirez had a breakout day going 2 for 3 with two home runs and four RBI. The rest of the Royals knocked
the Padres around as well. While the Padres managed 15 hits to the Royals’ 10, the Royals made the most of theirs scoring one run in the first, two in the third, one in the fourth, and three in the sixth.
For the Padres, Cameron Maybin has still yet to collect a hit. He went o for 2 in yesterday’s game. Yasmani Grandal, Rymer Liriano, and Kyle Blanks had a nice game. Blanks raised his spring batting average to .286 by going 2 for 3. Liriano had just one at-bat but collected a double and scored a run.
The team as a whole only struck out five times in 37 at-bats for a K% of 13.5. They will need to continue that throughout spring and into the regular season.
The Padres dropped to 0-3 in the early goings of spring training, but they have split squad games scheduled today which gives them two shots at collecting their first win. Half the team will take on the Reds in Goodyear. The other half remaining in Peoria to face the Rangers. Of note, Yu Darvish will make his first start against the Padres today.