Edison Volquez looked like the Edison Volquez that played for the Cincinnati Reds in his first Spring Training game. He struck out four batters in two scoreless innings and set the Padres up for a 7-1 victory.
After Volquez left the mound in the 3rd inning, Robbie Erlin followed suit with two scoreless innings of his own. The Brewers finally got their first and only run of the game in the 5th inning off a Ryan Braun sacrifice fly.
Volquez told the team’s official site that he was going to be working a lot on his fastball this spring. It looked pretty good yesterday.
Another player that continues to impress is top prospect Jedd Gyorko. After blasting a Grand Slam over the left field wall in his first at-bat of the spring, Jyorko hit his 2nd home run in three games in the victory. Much like his Grand Slam, Gyorko’s two-run shot sparked the Padres, giving them a 2-0 lead in the third inning. Gyorko is hitting .333 with 2 homers and 8 RBI’s through his 3 games on the field.
Mark Kotsay also went 2-for-2, while left-fielder Kyle Banks also picked up two hits going 2-for-3. Catcher Eddy Rodriguez went 1-for-3 with 3 RBI’s off a three-run homer run in the 9th.
For the Brewers, Carlos Gomez and Jeff Bianchi both picked up two hits.
The Padres will play the Reds today with right-hander Anthony Bass getting the start against Homer Bailey of the Reds at 3:00 pm ET (12:00 pm PT).