As I write this, the season now feels real. I know the Marlins and the Cardinals played Opening Night last night, and I know the Mariners and A’s kicked off the season last week in Japan. However, this is the last game recap to feature stats and scores from an exhibition game. So let’s get it done so you all can race out to Petco or your local sports bar (that carries Fox Sports San Diego of course).
In the final prep-game before today’s opener, Matt Palmer got the start. He literally arrived just minutes before the game started, but that didn’t seem to affect him at all. He went four innings, gave up two hits, and allowed one unearned run. Palmer will start the year in Tucson this season, and in his final spring contest, he impressed.
The Padres bats returned as they hammered out ten hits and six runs. Unfortunately, the Royals had a little more offense in them as they scored seven. No Padres player had a multi-hit game, but there were ten players in total who had a hit. Will Venable finished the spring with a .349 average, Jesus Guzman finished with a .308 average. Kyle Blanks upped his average to .325. They team simply hit all spring long. Now, they will need to carry that through the regular season.
Jerry Sullivan, who will likely be playing with the storm in Lake Elsinore allowed the most damage. He pitched two innings in relief and gave up five runs.
The Padres take on the Dodgers today in their Opening Day game (as if I had to tell you) at 4:05 PT. The game will be carried on Fox Sports San Diego, Fox Sports Prime, and MLB Network.