09/20/12 3:22 PM ET
No walk in the park just fine with Volquez
By Corey Brock / MLB.com
"Five years?" Volquez said, not sounding entirely sure of himself.
As it turns out, Volquez's no-walk performance in a loss to the D-backs on Wednesday marked the first time since Sept. 25, 2006 -- when he was a rookie for the Rangers -- that he didn't walk a batter.
In case you're wondering, that's a stretch of 103 starts. Although the Padres lost, 6-2, after Volquez allowed four runs in six innings, he displayed the kind of accurate command, at least in terms of walks, that has largely eluded him in his Major League career.
Since 2008, Volquez ranks second among Major League pitchers in walks per nine innings (4.97), trailing only Jonathan Sanchez (5.00).
Oddly enough, Volquez has twice had games of six walks this season -- and won both starts. Prior to his start against the D-backs, Volquez's fewest walks in a game this season came on April 26 against the Nationals, as he walked one over seven innings.
"I saw a much shorter delivery and didn't see him overthrow his fastball and changeup," San Diego manager Bud Black said. "I thought that his mechanics were pretty solid. There were more first-pitch strikes and more pitches in the zone. Just a lot of quality thrown pitches."
Forsythe to pass on playing winter ball
PHOENIX -- Infielder Logan Forsythe has decided against trying to play this winter, opting instead to focus on having a "healthy off-season."
The Padres had asked Forsythe to consider playing this winter, though they understood that there were no guarantees he would be able to get time at shortstop if he decided to go, especially if he were to go to the Dominican, Puerto Rican or Venezuelan winter leagues.
Instead, the Padres will adhere to the same plan they had this past Spring Training, when they wanted to look at Forsythe at shortstop to see if he can handle the position, already knowing that he can play third and second base.
However, those plans were dashed early this spring when Forsythe broke a bone in his left foot. He missed the first 54 games of the season before being reinstated from the disabled list on June 3 after 58 at-bats with Triple-A Tucson.
Heading into Thursday's series finale against the D-backs, Forsythe was hitting .292 with five home runs and 23 RBIs in 274 at-bats. He figures to make the 2013 roster as a utility man, though the Padres are still curious to see if he can handle the rigors of shortstop.
So look for him to get reps at shortstop in Spring Training.
"I have an idea that's how it's going to happen in the spring," Forsythe said. "And moving all around the diamond, as well."
Padres prospect Freiman leads Israel to victory
PHOENIX -- Team Israel got off to a strong start in its World Baseball Classic qualifier on Wednesday, as it topped South Africa, 7-3.
Team Israel has several notable ties to the Padres, none more than Minor League first baseman Nate Freiman, who hit two home runs in the victory.
That's not all. Team Israel is managed by Padres special assistant Brad Ausmus. Mark Loretta, who is also an assistant in the Padres front office, is a coach on the team. Minor Leaguer Cody Decker is also on the team.
As for Freiman, the power display he showed Wednesday isn't anything out of the ordinary. Freiman hit 24 home runs this season for Double-A San Antonio and has 71 home runs in his first four seasons in the organization.
"Nate has had three very productive years showing the ability to drive in runs and knock the ball small," said Randy Smith, the Padres' vice president of player development and international scouting. "He has tremendous size and raw power."
Freiman, 25, is listed at 6-foot-7 and 240 pounds. Freiman made a nice impression in Spring Training on Padres manager Bud Black, especially after hitting a long home run in Scottsdale in March.
"Big time power," Black said.
San Diego left fielder Carlos Quentin, who left Wednesday's game in the fifth inning with soreness in his right knee, wasn't in the lineup against the D-backs on Thursday.
Quentin, who missed the previous six games before Wednesday, experienced discomfort in his surgically repaired knee during the game. There's no timetable as to when he will play again.
"If he's available to play, he'll play," Black said.
Center fielder Cameron Maybin, who missed the first two games of the series with soreness in his left Achilles tendon, was back in the starting lineup on Thursday.