The Padres picked up their first win of the spring yesterday. Half the team traveled to Goodyear, Arizona to play one of two split squad games scheduled for the day. Cory Luebke got the nod as the starter. The Padres topped the Reds 5-0.
Luebke pitched two innings and faced the minimum number of batters. He allowed a single and a walk in his
two innings, but both base runners were quickly eliminate with nice ice-off moves. Luebke struck out four Reds’ batter as well. Luebke’s first spring start had the normal jitters according to Mark Sheldon of MLB.com.
I felt all right. Getting out there you think you won’t get jitters but you do. The ball was coming up on me from the stretch but we made adjustments. It was a good outing.
“The Face,” as he has been dubbed by the site Avenging Jack Murphy, was very impressive in his debut, but so was the offense. Jeremy Hermedia blasted the first pitch of the game into the bullpen for a home run and a quick 1-0 lead. Nick Hundley added a home run in the sixth, a two-run shot.
Andrew Cashner continued his dominance in short work. He went one inning, gave up a hit, but struck out two batters. Casey Kelly, another stud pitching prospect for the Padres, shined as well. In two innings of work, Kelly struck out two Reds batters and didn’t allow a run.
The Padres will take on the Giants today from Peoria Sports Complex at 12:05 PT.