With many arms in the bullpen hurting, Maurer came through, needing 23 pitches over two innings to set things up for closer Craig Kimbrel.
"The way our bullpen is, we're sort of running out of options if we want to keep guys fresh for tomorrow and moving forward," Padres manager Bud Black said after Saturday's game. "… I thought Brandon could go another inning. He had two days off. I liked the way he was throwing."
Maurer has a 1-0 record with a 3.75 ERA in 12 innings of work so far this season.
"For him to go back another inning, physically it's not taxing, but mentally he's got to be on board. We very quickly told him he was going back at it. He threw the ball very well. Fastball, slider and change were very effective," Black said. "I didn't think they had good swings on him.
While Kevin Quackenbush was able to get out of the eighth inning without being charged with an earned run after Benoit let the first four batters of the inning reach base, the team now owns a 2.08 ERA, which ranks 20th in the majors.
"We need to get on a little bit of a bullpen roll," manager Bud Black said after the game, per MLB.com
Benoit (3-1) took the loss, allowing three earned runs on two hits and two walks while failing to record an out.
"They're making some mistakes, leaving the ball up in the zone, out over the middle of the plate," catcher Derek Norris said. "We've just got to execute some pitches better in some situations."
Black believes the bullpen will pitch better moving forward.
"They'll come around. They're not pitching like they're going to pitch," he said. "When you see their numbers at the end of the year, they'll be there. When you see their numbers now as a group, there are two or three guys not hitting on all cylinders."
Vincent is 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA for the Padres in three games this season. Maurer was 1-4, 4.65 for the Mariners last season.
The team also moved pitcher
Quackenbush was competing for a role in the bullpen, but San Diego acquired closer Craig Kimbrel Sunday, forcing an arm out of the selection. He posted a 3.72 ERA with nine strikeouts and two walks in 10 appearances this spring. Maurer posted a 3.86 ERA with five strikeouts and one walk in seven spring training appearances.
Maurer was making just his second appearance of the spring due to a sore back.
"It was good to see him out there and turning the ball loose," manager Bud Black said after the game, per MLB.com. "He was a little rusty and not dotting the ball like he can. But he's healthy."
Black noted earlier in March that he could get a look as a starting pitcher at some point. Maurer went 1-4 with a 4.65 ERA and 55:19 K:BB ratio in 69 2/3 innings with Seattle last season.
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