Andrew Cashner finally gave up a run this spring, Clayton Richard gave up five, and the Padres fell 6-0 to the Reds. The offense was stifled by the fireballing of the Reds young stud Aroldis Chapman. He tossed five scoreless innings while striking out five. The Reds certainly backed up Chapman’s pitching with 11 hits and six runs.
For the Padres, Richard couldn’t get out of the fifth. While only three of the five runs that scored were earned, Richard allowed seven hits and walked one in his 4 2/3 innings pitched. Andrew Cashner came on in the seventh, gave up one hit, one walk, and a run. His ERA jumped from 0.00 to 1.13.
Offensively, the Padres couldn’t do much. They fought out six total hits and no runs. And Clayton Richard had one of those hits. Cameron Maybin‘s troubles at the plate continued as he went 0 for 3, lowering his spring batting average to .209. Aside from Richard, Mark Kotsay was the only player on the 25-man roster with hits in the game. He went 2 for 3.
The one bright spot for Richard was the number of pitches he was able to throw. As we draw nearer to Opening Day, pitchers will need to increase their spring workloads. Richard threw 85 pitches in yesterday’s game.
The Padres will host the Diamondbacks today in Peoria at 1:05 PT. Dustin Moseley will get the start.