Crabbe has big day vs. D-backs

Crabbe has big day vs. D-backs

at Tucson, Ariz.
Monday, March 17

Padres at the plate: Third baseman Callix Crabbe had a trio of hits, singling up the middle in his first at-bat, hitting an infield single to second in the fourth and knocking an RBI double to right in the sixth. Jody Gerut hit his third Cactus League homer into the right-field bullpen to lead off the sixth.

D-backs at the plate: Trot Nixon bashed his second Cactus League homer, a towering two-run drive landing well beyond the right-field bullpen. Nixon doubled to center in the fifth, giving him four RBIs on the day. Orlando Hudson was 2-for-3, beating out an infield single in the first inning and lacing a single to right in the third.

Padres on the mound: Shawn Estes had a rough outing, allowing five runs on 10 hits and a hit batsman in 4 2/3 innings. Nevertheless, he lowered his ERA by over five runs to 15.00 as he continued his bid for the fifth-starter job in San Diego. Glendon Rusch, who was scheduled to start but was bumped into relief when Sunday's game was lost to rain, pitched two scoreless innings and gave up two hits and a walk while striking out two.

D-backs on the mound: Edgar Gonzalez had a solid start, pitching four innings of one-run ball, yielding three hits and a hit batsman while striking out three. Dustin Nippert struggled in 1 2/3 innings of relief, giving up three runs (two earned) on five hits and three walks.

Cactus League records: D-backs 8-12, Padres 9-9.

Up next for the D-backs: Micah Owings gets a taste of baseball under the lights Wednesday, as the D-backs head to Peoria, Ariz., after an off-day to take on the Mariners in a 7:05 p.m. MST game. Southpaw Jarrod Washburn will toe the rubber for Seattle.

Up next for the Padres: The Padres will play the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday at 1:05 p.m. PT at Tucson Electric Park, the last of three days in Tucson before returning to Peoria for an off-day Wednesday. Lefty Wil Ledezma, battling for a roster spot, is scheduled to start for the Padres. The White Sox will start left-hander John Danks.

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