Young goes seven strong versus Royals
Lobaton's bloop single in 10th gives Padres victory
Padres 3, Royals 2, 10 innings
at Surprise, Ariz.
March 22, 2008
Padres at the plate: Tadahito Iguchi hit his first home run, a two-run shot that followed Callix Crabbe's single in the fifth. Adrian Gonzalez had a double and a single, upping his average to .355 (11-for-31). Pinch-hitter Jose Lobaton's bloop single scored the winning run in the 10th.
Royals at the plate: Mark Grudzielanek, playing for the first time since March 10, led off the fourth with his first spring home run. Billy Butler led off the fifth with a homer, his fourth this spring. Adding a double, single and walk for a perfect day, Butler raised his average to .380 (19-for-50). Jose Guillen was 0-for-3 as the DH.
Padres on the mound: Chris Young had the club's longest outing, seven innings, and gave up just five hits and two runs, both on homers. Shawn Estes worked two scoreless innings.
Royals on the mound: Brian Bannister had his best outing, giving up two runs on eight hits. He also struck out and walked none in six innings. Mike Maroth pitched two scoreless innings. Hideo Nomo pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, giving him four straight perfect innings. Two walks by Jimmy Gobble in the 10th preceded Lobaton's winning hit off Joel Peralta.
Cactus League records: Royals 12-11, Padres 11-11-2
Up next for Padres: The Padres will send Greg Maddux against the Chicago Cubs at 1:05 p.m. PT on Sunday at the Peoria Sports Complex. Jason Marquis will start for the Cubs. Also scheduled for the Padres: Trevor Hoffman, Wil Ledezma and Enrique Gonzalez.
Up next for Royals: Zack Greinke will start for the Royals against the Chicago White Sox at 3:05 p.m. CT on Sunday at Tucson Electric Park. John Danks is the Sox starter. Other pitchers on the trip for the Royals: Chin-hui Tsao, Leo Nunez and Neal Musser.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.