Jeff Smith 2 p.m., Dec. 18
Padres drop another one to the Royals in spring training
The San Diego Padres battled but couldn't get past the Kansas City Royals in Cactus League play and dropped a 5-4 decision in Peoria
Jason Marquis was pretty sharp in his debut in 2013 for the Padres, but San Diego ultimately lost to the Kansas City Royals on Thursday, 5-4. After Padres starter Jason Marquis pitched two practically flawless innings, the Royals got a run in the top of the third inning off of Tyson Ross.
Irving Falu opened the frame with a double, and George Kattaras grounded out, moving Falu to third base. One out later, Johnny Giavotella singled, plating Falu, and the Royals were off to a 1-0 lead.
The Padres tied the game in their half of the third inning. Gregorio Petit opened the frame with a triple, and then one out later, Logan Forsythe singled Petit home and the Padres evened the game.
In the top of the fifth inning, the Royals added on when, with one out, Falu walked and Kottaras doubled Falu home. After Alex Gordon singled, putting Kottaras at third base, Giavotella grounded out to score Kottaras and the Royals led the Padres 3-1.
The Royals opened it up in the seventh inning, with Huston Street on the hill for the Padres. With one out, Luis Durango tripled and then Chris Getz singled home Durango, and after former Padre Xavier Nady singled. Manuel Pina singled and plated Getz and the Royals went up 5-1 before the Padres battled back in their half of the frame.
Nick Hundley led off the bottom of the seventh inning with a double and Yasmani Grandal plated Hundley with a single. Jaff Decker then doubled, putting Grandal on third base. One out later, Alexi Amarista doubled, scoring Grandal and Decker and the Padres were only down by a run, 5-4.Friday
But that's how it ended. The Padres put a couple of runners on in the ninth inning, but Amarista grounded into a double play and the Royals took the game by a run. This is what happens.
Friday, the Padres take the show on the road to face Zack Greinke of the Dodgers in Glendale, Arizona, and Greinke is slated to make around $20 million this season. Padres prospect Casey Kelly goes for the Friars, who is slated to make much less money this season. It's likely not on radio (for reasons we don't understand but we'll get to the bottom of this fiasco soon enough), but the game will certainly be broadcast online at MLB.com at 12:05 PM PST. Catch it if you're interested.