SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Bud Black has seen a lot during his long career as a major league pitcher and manager.
He got viewed something new Sunday."I don't think I've ever seen hail ... in a spring training game," the San Diego Padres manager said Sunday.There was plenty of hail, rain, wind and even a large bolt of lightning beyond the center-field fence. Black also got to see starter Edinson Volquez throw three challenging innings as a Padres' split squad rallied to beat the San Francisco Giants 5-1.Acquired from Cincinnati in a December trade, Volquez gave up one run, two hits and four walks with one strikeout in his third spring training start. He gave up a run in the third on a wild pitch after Emmanuel Burriss' two-out triple."I liked what he did a lot," said Black. "The third inning was a long one, and he held his stuff. The velocity on his fastball was good and he had a good changeup. He continues to be more comfortable in our environment. The more he throws each time out, the more familiar he gets with our catchers and our catchers with him."Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner gave up four hits and struck out two in five scoreless innings.San Diego rallied for two runs in the seventh and added three more in the eighth. Yasmani Grandal had two doubles and drove in a run, and Jedd Gyorko and James Darnell each drove in a run with a double.Giants manager Bruce Bochy said the game was nearly canceled on more than one occasion."Crazy weather," Bumgarner said. "I felt good out there. There weren't really any adjustments (because of the conditions). It was the same as any other day."His ERA dropped to 2.45 after his fourth start."I'm right on track. I'm where I should be," Bumgarner said.Bochy said Bumgarner threw 55 pitches and wanted to remain in the game for the sixth inning, as right-hander Tim Lincecum had done on Saturday. Bumgarner was sent to the bullpen to wrap up his work with 20 more pitches."It's the time of the spring where they have gone out there at least a couple of times and now they really start bearing down," Bochy said.Bochy will have some difficult decisions with his middle infielders.Burriss, Mike Fontenot and new acquisition Ryan Theriot can back up either starting shortstop Brandon Crawford or second baseman Freddy Sanchez. Burriss also has enhanced his value by playing third base and left field.Sanchez has yet to play in the field as he recovers from shoulder surgery, although he has served as the designated hitter on a few occasions.Bochy wasn't going to say if Sanchez might not be ready to start the season."Manny is playing well, and we have those other guys," Bochy said. "We are going to have to continue to re-evaluate where we're at."
Both teams have Monday off. The Padres return to action on Tuesday night against Colorado with a home game in Peoria, Ariz., and the Giants will travel to nearby Salt River Fields in Scottsdale for a day game against Arizona . . . Buster Posey is expected to catch for the Giants on Tuesday, perhaps as many as six innings as he comes back from a severely injured left leg . . . Gregor Blanco (16 for 36, seven steals) appears on track to be the Giants' fourth outfielder. "He's done all he can do to make this team," Bochy said.