Yasmani Grandal, not far removed from comments that rubbed people the wrong way, had a break out game for the Padres yesterday. He went 3 for 3 with a home run and five runs batted in. His home run was hit farther than any ball hit at Kino Stadium in all of 2011, and the Padres beat the Rockies 11-6.
Casey Kelly got the start in the split-squad affair and pitched four solid innings. He did give up two runs on six hits, but he also struck out four. Cory Burns tossed a scoreless ninth. And the Padres rolled.
Jedd Gyorko was 3 for 4 with two runs batted in and three runs scored, Matt Clark was 2 for 4 with a couple of runs scored, and Sawyer Carroll, the sparsely used outfielder, was 2 for 3 with an RBI and a run scored. It’s safe to say the offense enjoyed their now-rare trip to Tucson.
Grandal, who will likely see a lot of time at Kino Stadium in the upcoming season, blasted his fourth inning home run directly over the centerfield batter’s eye. It was an incredible shot, and one that surprised even Grandal.
"I didn’t know I could hit the ball that far."
The split squad win ran the Padres win streak to six in a row and put them at 12-8 for the spring.
Tonight the Padres take on the team they scored so many young, talented players from; the Reds. At 7:05 PT, Edinson Volquez will get his first start against his former team as the Friars welcome the Cincinnati Reds to Peoria.