Padres Add Exhibition Game in Lake Elsinore

Friars to play their minor leaguers at the end of March

The Padres added another exhibition game to their preseason schedule and it’s one where a whole lot of young talent will be on the field.

The Friars will play the Lake Elsinore Storm, their high-A affiliate, at The Diamond in Lake Elsinore on Friday, March 31. It will be their final exhibition game before opening the season the following Monday in Los Angeles against the Dodgers.

“We are looking forward to visiting The Diamond next month to close out Spring Training,” said Padres General Manager A.J. Preller. “Not only is Lake Elsinore a great place to watch a baseball game, but it also serves as a key level in the development of our young players.”

The Storm have been the Padres’ California League affiliate since 2001. The Padres have played the youngsters four times, the last one coming in 2010.

“We can’t wait to begin our 17th season with the San Diego Padres by welcoming them to The Diamond for this event,” said Storm General Manager Raj Narayanan said. “Not only will it be a fun game to watch between Padres present and future, but it will also be the first chance for fans to check out our new seating in the ballpark.”

In the off-season the Storm reconfigured seating at The Diamond, making ADA improvements and providing easier access for a ballpark that is regarded as one of the best High-A facilities in the nation.

First pitch for the exhibition is set for 6:00 p.m. Gates open at 5:00 p.m. Fans can purchase online via, over the phone or in person as early as March 13.

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