Peralta goes deep for first time this spring
Laffey tagged for five runs -- four earned -- in 2 2/3 innings
PADRES 5, INDIANS 3
at Peoria, Ariz.
Sunday, March 14
Padres at the plate: Nick Hundley drove in two runs and had two hits, including a triple. Kyle Blanks kept up his hot spring, getting two more hits. Jerry Hairston Jr., who started in right field and later played second base, had an RBI double. He also lined into a double play. Adrian Gonzalez had one hit (and was robbed of another) and a walk. Matt Stairs had a pinch-hit double.Indians at the plate: Jhonny Peralta had two hits, including his first home run of the spring. Leadoff hitter Trevor Crowe started the game with a single. Mark Grudzielanek added a single as well. Outfielder Nick Weglarz walked with the bases loaded in the first inning for his fifth RBI of the spring. Padres on the mound: Starting pitcher Chris Young recovered from a rocky first inning to allow two runs over 3 2/3 innings. Young, who allowed one run and three hits in the first inning, allowed two runs with two walks and four strikeouts. Radhames Liz, who has struggled with his command this spring, allowed one hit over 1 1/3 scoreless innings. Heath Bell tossed a scoreless inning. Indians on the mound: Aaron Laffey, competing for a job at the back end of the rotation, allowed four earned runs on five hits and three walks. He had one strikeout. Reliever Hector Rondon fared considerably better, allowing three hits over 1 2/3 scoreless innings with one strikeout. Worth noting: The Padres are counting on Blanks to provide a little pop with the bat this season. So far, he's done just that. On Sunday, Blanks hit his fourth double of the spring as he raised his average to .450 thus far. The Padres would like nothing other than to have a hitter take some pressure off two-time All-Star Adrian Gonzalez. Many believe Blanks can do just that. Cactus League records: Padres 3-8; Indians 5-2-2. Up next: The competition for spots at the back end of the Padres' starting rotation continues Monday when San Diego hosts San Francisco at 7:05 p.m. PT, at the Peoria Sports Complex. Mat Latos and Sean Gallagher are each scheduled to throw four innings against the Giants. Both pitchers have been impressive thus far. Latos and Gallagher have identical 1.80 ERAs after two outings. Edward Mujica makes his first appearance of the spring. He's been sidelined with a quad strain.
The battle between David Huff, Laffey and Mitch Talbot to be in the back end of the Indians' rotation is heating up. Huff, who led the Tribe with 11 wins as a rookie last year, will try to make his case when he gets the starting nod Tuesday in Maryvale, Ariz., as the Indians take on the Brewers in a 4:05 p.m. ET game. Right-hander Yovani Gallardo is scheduled to start for the Brew Crew.
Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.