ROCKIES 5, PADRES 4
at Peoria, Ariz.
Monday, March 8
Padres at the plate: Adrian Gonzalez, in his only plate appearance, lined a single up the middle off lefty Jorge De La Rosa in the first inning. Also, switch-hitter Chase Headley hit his first home of the spring -- left-handed, a blast to right field -- in the fourth inning. Headley later squared up a ball pretty well, flying out to right field in the sixth inning. Tony Gwynn and Will Venable added singles. Chad Huffman had a two-run double down the left-field line in the eighth inning to cut the lead to 5-3. Matt Antonelli followed Huffman with an RBI double to make it 5-4.
Rockies at the plate:
Catcher Miguel Olivo had a two-run home run in the second inning and later added an RBI double in the sixth inning on a ball hit to the gap in left-center field. Pinch-hitter Jay Payton and Jonathan Herrera added two hits, including an RBI single in the three-run sixth inning. Left fielder Matt Miller added two hits.
Padres on the mound:
Starting pitcher Kevin Correia allowed two runs over three innings, both coming on one swing of the bat. Olivo followed a Troy Tulowitzki single with a two-run home run in the second inning. All told, Correia struck out two and allowed three hits. Clayron Richard tossed one scoreless inning; Cesar Ramos allowed three runs on five hits in the sixth inning. Heath Bell worked a scoreless eighth inning, getting a double play.
Rockies on the mound:
De La Rosa allowed one hit, one walk and had two strikeouts over three innings. He had a good handle on his breaking ball, getting David Eckstein looking at a called third strike, in the first inning. Jason Hammel followed and allowed one run (Headley's homer) in three innings, with two stikeouts.
The Padres have vowed to run a lot in Spring Training as they're going to push being aggresive on the bases. Venable had a stolen base on Monday, the fourth for the team in four games. With stealing, of course, comes risk. Gwynn was picked off first base. San Diego has also been caught stealing twice this spring. Aaron Cunningham has two of the four stolen bases.
Cactus League records: Padres 1-3; Rockies 5-2
The Padres hit the road for their first real road game of the spring (they have been the road team twice in Peoria against the Mariners). Chris Young makes his second spring appearance and will likely throw in upward of 45 pitches Tuesday against the Angels in Tempe, Ariz., at 12:05 p.m. PT. Young allowed one run on three hits over one inning of work last week against Seattle and showed good velocity in his first outing coming off shoulder surgery.
Rockies ight-hander Ubaldo Jimenez, projected as the Opening Day starter, has to believe his second appearance of Cactus League play -- against the Dodgers at Glendale, Ariz. -- will be better than his first. On Friday, Jimenez was supposed to start and pitch three innings against the Angels. But he was caught in a major traffic jam due to the closure of I-10 near Phoenix and didn't arrive until about a half-hour after game time. Reduced to two relief innings, Jimenez gave up three hits, walked two, and yielded four runs (three earned).
Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com.
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