Fresno 4, Tucson 1: Postgame notes

2012-04-08T17:54:00Z Fresno 4, Tucson 1: Postgame notesDaniel Berk Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
April 08, 2012 5:54 pm  • 

The Padres dropped their second straight game Sunday afternoon 4-1 and lost three of four to Fresno in their opening series of the year.

Here are some postgame notes to hold you over before Monday's 7:05 p.m., game with Sacramento.

--Manager Terry Kennedy said there was a brief hitters meeting following Sunday's loss to talk about some of the early struggles. Kennedy's squad batted .172 (5-29) with runners in scoring position during the four-game series. As a team, the Padres batted .235 total (31-132).

--One offensive bright spot was second baseman Anthony Contreras. Getting his second straight start, Contreras tripled and walked in four plate appearances. He also homered in Tucson's loss Saturday night after not starting either of the series' first two games. The left-handed hitter will likely be out of the lineup Monday with Sacramento set to start lefty Fabio Castro.

--Starting pitcher Jorge Reyes didn't have the greatest line--4 2/3 innings, 8 hits, 4 runs, 3 walks, 4 strikeouts--but Kennedy wasn't discouraged. He said Reyes was coming out of the bullpen for Double-A San Antonio at the end of last year and it's a tough adjustment going from Double-A reliever to Triple-A starter. He also thought it wasn't the easiest assignment having to wait four games before getting his first start. He'll next start Friday at Salt Lake City.

--After originally thinking injured starting pitcher Jeff Suppan (tricep) would head to San Diego's spring training facility in Peoria to throw, Kennedy said there's been a change of plans and Suppan will now have a semi-simulated game Monday at Kino Stadium. Kennedy said they will put a batter in the box, but he won't swing. The manager thought there was an outside chance Suppan could be ready for the Colorado Springs series on the road, which begins April 17.

--Relievers Alex Hinshaw and Dale Thayer were solid in relief of Reyes and combined for 4 1/3 scoreless innings. In two appearances, Hinshaw has yet to give up a hit in 3 1/3 innings and has four strikeouts. Thayer also hasn't given up a hit in his two games, tossing three hitless innings.

--The Padres won't miss seeing Fresno's left fielder Roger Kieschnick. Kieschnick batted .563 (9-16) with three doubles, a home run, five runs scored and a pair of RBIs in the series, starting all four games in left.

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