Matt Clark continued to tear through spring training pitchers like it was Little League. He hit his third home run of the spring, a two run blast in the seventh inning, all but sealed the game for the Padres. Clark is now hitting .483 this spring, and the Padres are now 15-10.
San Diego scored in the first, the fifth, and the seventh innings on their way to a 4-3 win. Dustin Moseley was strong as he went six innings, gave up seven hits, but allowed just one run. The Diamondbacks tried to make a game of it in the top of the ninth when they scored two runs off Joe Wieland, but Wieland was able to escape the jam.
Mark Kotsay got the start in centerfield, allowing Cameron Maybin an off day, and he delivered. He went 2 for 3 with and RBI double in the fifth inning. Kotsay, in limited action this spring, has performed well. Yonder Alonso collected two more hits and has now raised his batting average to over .300. With 56 at-bats, Alonso has ben to the plate more than any other Padre this spring.
Today, the Padres will travel to Mesa to take on the Cubs. Tim Stauffer is slated to start in the 1:05 PT game. Stauffer looks to be the club’s Opening Day starter, and probably only has two spring starts left before Opening Day.