Padres at Giants Game Recap 3/18/12


A late winter storm pounded just about all of Arizona.  The Padres’ split squad game in Tucson was rescheduled, there was hail in Scottsdale, and there was gusty winds at just about every other Cactus League location.  But that didn’t stop the Padres from earning their sixth win in seven games.  San Diego took the contest against the Giants yesterday 5-1.

Madison Bumgarner of the Giants had his first five inning outing and held the Padres scoreless.  He did give up four hits, but he didn’t allow a runner to cross home.  Edinson Vloquez got the start for the Padres.  He went three innings, gave up two hits, one runs, and struck out one.  The most troubling part of Volquez’s start was the walks.  For most of spring, he had cut down on his walk totals, but yesterdays four in three innings could be a sign of his wildness returning.  Of course, it could just be a product of the bad weather.

Trailing 1-0 entering the top of the seventh, the Padres finally stringed something together and scored two.  They followed that up with three in the eighth.  Meanwhile, the rest of the Padres pitching staff held the Giants scoreless after Volquez’s run in the third.

Chris Denorfia, still working his way back from a sore back had a nice day.  He went 2 for 2.  Yasmani Grandal went 2 for 4 with a double.  And Matt Clark continued his torrid spring after stepping in for Yonder Alonso.  Clark went 2 for 2 with an RBI to tie the game in the seventh.  With a minimum of 15 at-bats, Matt Clark is second on the club in batting average.  He is just behind the now injured Carlos Quentin with an even .500 average.

The Padres have a day off today, but will return to face Rockies in Peoria at 7:05 PT.

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