San Diego Padres:The Team That Hits

PEORIA, AZ - FEBRUARY 26: Bench coach Mark McGwire
PEORIA, AZ - FEBRUARY 26: Bench coach Mark McGwire /

The San Diego Padres extended their spring training winning streak to two games after defeating the Seattle Mariners yesterday, 11-6.

Just the other day, our own Tim Ryder highlighted the San Diego Padres mashing abilities that have been put on display during spring training.

This team doesn’t appear to be slowing down any time soon. The Friars added three more to their total yesterday en route to defeating the Seattle Mariners, 11-6.

The new swing of Austin Hedges works. It works very well actually.

Here’s his 3-run, 420-430 foot shot yesterday to centerfield, his second of the spring season.

Fellow catcher, Raffy Lopez jumped in on the action, also smashing one to centerfield.

Oh yeah, Franmil Reyes added his second home run of the spring. That determination on his face is downright scary! Good scary for Padres’ fans, bad scary for opposing pitchers. #HeRakes

In his debut with the Padres, shortstop Freddy Galvis walked twice. Manager Andy Green slotted him second in the lineup yesterday, in between Manuel Margot and Wil Myers. There’s a solid chance that this will be the top of order lineup Green will go with when the regular season starts.

Galvis went 2-3, as did Wil Myers. In the fourth inning of yesterday’s game, Galvis singled, followed by a Wil Myers single. Enter cleanup hitter, Eric Hosmer, who did exactly what he was brought in to do, clean up. He singled into right field, scoring Freddy Galvis.

Jose Pirela would follow up with a double, Austin Hedges mashed his second home run (see above), and Franchy Cordero chipped in a double later in the inning.

When this team practices what new hitting coach Matt Stairs preaches, good things happen. Yesterday’s fourth inning was best case scenario, but it was a pleasant surprise to see this team is capable of accomplishing that.

The Padres ended the day with 13 hits and five walks. Their team batting average for spring training jumped to .253 while their on-base percentage improved to a 12th best mark in baseball, .354.

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The Friars are in Peoria today as they take on the Los Angeles Dodgers at noon on Fox Sports San Diego. Dinelson Lamet takes the mound today. He may be the most interesting pitcher on staff this season after a respectable rookie season in 2017.