Clark raises spring average to .429

Clark raises spring average to .429

At Peoria, Ariz.
Saturday, March 15

Padres at the plate: Robert Fick singled and scored on Callix Crabbe's double in the third. Tony Clark hit a run-scoring single in the fifth. Chip Ambres hit a solo homer, his first, in the seventh.

A's at the plate: Mike Sweeney hit a two-run homer in the first. In the third, Sweeney scored on Dan Johnson's single. Brooks Conrad hit a two-out, three-run homer, and Chris Denorfia singled in another run to give the A's a 7-0 lead.

Conrad struck again in the eighth with an opposite-field double that scored two runners.

Padres on the mound: Starter Wade LeBlanc lasted 2 2/3 innings, yielding seven hits and five runs (two earned). Minor Leaguer Mike Johnston relieved and allowed his first six batters to reach before recording the inning's third out. Carlos Guevara allowed one hit and two walks in two scoreless innings, striking out two.

A's on the mound: Lenny DiNardo started and went 3 2/3 innings. He allowed five hits, two walks and one run, striking out two. Dallas Braden was sharp in relief, allowing one hit and one run in three innings.

Cactus League records: Padres 8-8; Athletics 13-5.

Up next for the Padres: Left-hander Shawn Estes will start in San Diego's game against Colorado at Hi Corbett Field in Tucson. Ace Jake Peavy will start Sunday in a Minor League game at the Peoria Sports Complex. Estes is 0-2 with a 20.77 ERA this spring, while Peavy is 1-1 with a 9.00 ERA. Both contests are scheduled to start at 1:05 p.m. PT.

Up next for the A's: Lefty Gio Gonzalez, one of the prospects acquired in the trade that sent Nick Swisher to the White Sox, will make his second Cactus League start Sunday when Oakland hosts the Rangers, who are scheduled to start righty Sidney Ponson in a 1:05 p.m. PT game at Phoenix Municipal Stadium. Gonzalez has appeared in three games thus far and has allowed two runs on seven hits over nine innings, walking four and striking out six.

Mark Thoma is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.