Yonder Alonso‘s bat is heating up right at the perfect time. He has gone on a tear to raise his batting average from below .300 to .328 this spring. Yesterday, his two hits helped the Padres to a 6-5 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Casey Kelly got the start, and he continued to impress this spring. He pitched 5 2/3 innings, gave up nine hits (not impressive), struck out five (impressive), and allowed just two runs (decent). So far this spring, Kelly has a 2.30 ERA. He is slated to start the season at Triple-A Tucson. Kelly pitched three scoreless innings before wearing down and giving up a run in the fourth and a run in the fifth.
The Padres were able to offer some run support in this game, although it was after Kelly had exited the contest. Down, 2-1 in the bottom of the sixth, the Padres tacked on two runs to take the lead. Mark Kotsay tied the game with a sac-fly in the inning, and Alonso scored on a wild pitch to give the Friars the lead. However, the very next inning, the Dodgers struck and took the lead back. They scored three in the top of the seventh to go on top 5-3. The Padres added a run in the bottom of the seventh to shave the Dodgers’ lead to 5-4, but it wasn’t until the ninth that they really made their move.
Still trailing heading into the bottom of the ninth, Brad Davis came to the plate with two on. He doubled to centerfield sending both runners home and sending the Padres off a walk-off winners.
The win moved the club to 16-11 with the results of the split squad game agains the Rangers still pending. The Padres will head over to Glendale today to face the White Sox at 1:05 PT. Edinson Volquez, fresh off his best start of the spring will get the nod and work six innings.