The Mariners and Padres has a "B" game today. It's a way for players and more importantly pitchers to get in extra game work when not playing in the day's Cactus League game.
Today's game had a very interesting tidbits. The Padres started their top prospect right-hander Casey Kelly, who they got as part of the package in return from the Red Sox for Adrian Gonzalez.
I don't have the specific numbers yet. Kelly did give up a few hits and I think a run. Mike Carp doubled off the fence off Kelly and later scored on a sac fly.
But the best moment of the game came when Dustin Ackley stepped to the plate for the third time in the game. With a full count, he crushed a pitch off of Padres lefty Rob Musgrave. Sitting just to the left of home plate, we had a perfect angle and it was one of those times where it was obvious that it was a homer when it left the bat.
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It went over at 340 and it was still going up. It then hit off the top of building some 40 feet behind the fence and bounced back onto the field.
It drew oohs and ahhs from the fans and plenty and some serious respect from his teammates.
Did the ball go 400 feet?
"At least that if not farther, the building got in the way," said pitcher Chris Seddon. "That kid is a hitting freak."
Said Greg Halman to hitting coach Chris Chambliss: "It was beautiful."
Ackley seemed matter fact about it.
"That was was the best one I've hit in a while," he said. "Probably the best one this year. It felt pretty good."
Here's the view of the field ... you can see the building in the background.
And now here's the building in relation to the fence ...
The ball hit up above the second blue awning near the conish pillar.
Also Chris Gimenez followed Ackley's homer with a deep homer of the 385-sign. But it wasn't hit like Ackley's.