03/26/08 6:50 PM ET
Hamilton continues to rake this spring
Five Rangers players rack up two or more hits vs. Padres
By Corey Brock / MLB.com
at Peoria Sports Complex
Wednesday, March 26 Padres at the plate: Brian Giles hit his first home run of the spring, a mammoth shot on the grassy bank in right field. Starting pitcher Jake Peavy even slugged a home run. Khalil Greene had two doubles. Kevin Kouzmanoff also had two hits. Outfielder Paul McAnulty had an RBI triple in the eighth inning. Rangers at the plate: Spring Training sensation Josh Hamilton continued his torrid spring with a two-run home run off Peavy. Michael Young also had two hits, including a two-run double. Gerald Laird snapped a 5-5 tie with an eight-inning RBI single. Ben Broussard broke the game open later in the eighth inning with a two-run double. Padres on the mound: Peavy, making his final start of the spring, allowed four runs on four hits over three innings. He struck out five, which partly drove up his pitch count. He'll start on Opening Day against the Astros at PETCO Park. Relievers Joe Thatcher, Cla Meredith, Glendon Rusch and Trevor Hoffman each tossed scoreless innings. Enrique Gonzalez, trying to make the team as a reliever, allowed six runs on seven hits in one inning. Rangers on the mound: Starting pitcher Vicente Padilla allowed five runs on 10 hits, including two home runs over six innings while giving up a 4-1 lead. Padilla walked one with four strikeouts. Reliever Joaquin Benoit tossed a scoreless inning Cactus League records: Padres 11-13-3, Rangers 16-10 Up next for the Padres: The Padres play their final game of the spring in Peoria at 12:05 p.m. PT on Thursday against the Seattle Mariners. Chris Young, slated to be the second starter in the rotation, gets his final start of the spring. Young has a 3.38 ERA in four starts so far.
Up next for the Rangers: Right-hander Jason Jennings makes his last start of Spring Training when he pitches against the Royals at 2:05 p.m. CT on Thursday in Surprise, Ariz. Jennings has a 1.54 ERA for the spring with opponents hitting .154 off him. This will be the Rangers final game in Arizona, as they leave immediately afterward and head for Texas. This will be the Rangers fifth game against the Royals. The two teams share the Surprise complex and the Rangers are 4-0 against them this spring.
Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.