Padres starter Clayton Richard was hit arduous Sunday in his spring debut, an outing that ended earlier than he might report a fourth out. The veteran left-hander allowed 5 hits within the first and three extra to open the second earlier than supervisor Andy Inexperienced went to the mound.
“My supply was lower than superb,” Richard stated. “At occasions, I attempted to overpower it versus simply trusting the stuff. I feel that’s actually solely the unfavourable takeaway. Clearly, the outcomes weren’t nice, however luckily, I’m extra targeted on the method proper now. I feel I let the power of the at-bat take me away from my supply at occasions.”
Richard, who pitched properly in his return to San Diego final summer time and is predicted to be on this yr’s rotation, yielded six runs on eight hits and a stroll. The Padres went on to lose, eight-2, to the Cleveland Indians at Goodyear Ballpark.
“He was simply on the market making an attempt to execute pitches and sort of obtained away from competing, getting the batter out,” Inexperienced stated. “First (begin) of spring, some guys do this. I feel he’ll transfer to a extra aggressive mode right here fairly shortly.”
Richard’s plan, the pitcher stated, was to execute fastballs.
“I didn’t need to get away from that although it clearly wasn’t working,” Richard stated. “It wasn’t horrible, however clearly it wasn’t nice.”
Earlier than the underside of the second, Padres middle fielder Manuel Margot exited the sport with left knee soreness, a transfer Inexperienced referred to as “precautionary.”
Within the afternoon’s first at-bat, Margot slipped popping out of the batter’s field on a fly out. As Margot performed the sector within the backside of the primary, Inexperienced stated, he felt some soreness round his knee.
“Nothing main from what we see,” Inexperienced stated. “We’ll let him get again at it within the subsequent day or so. … Physician took a take a look at him. Structurally, all the things appears completely positive. Simply sore.”