Angels 9, Padres 2
Mark Trumbo and Peter Bourjos are having the kind of spring that
gives confidence to a manager whose team had trouble getting on
base last season.
So far, Mike Scioscia likes what he’s seen.
Trumbo homered and drove in four runs, Bourjos tripled and drove
in three, and the Los Angeles Angels sent Dan Haren into the
regular season on a positive note with a 9-2 victory over the San
Diego Padres on Sunday.
Trumbo, playing first base due to Kendrys Morales’ slow recovery
from a broken left leg that sidelined him for the final four months
of last season, leads the team this spring with six homers and 20
RBIs along with a .309 average. Bourjos is hitting .373 with 13
RBIs and two home runs.
”They’ve both been impressive,” Scioscia said. ”Mark is a guy
who’s steadily improved through his minor league career to put
himself in this position for an opportunity with us, and he’s
definitely putting his best foot forward. Peter cut some baby teeth
toward the end of last season and showed some flashes of offense,
and he’s followed it up with a terrific spring. Hopefully they’ll
carry it over into the regular season.”
Haren held San Diego to a run and three hits, struck out five
and walked one. The only run against the right-hander came on a
two-out single in the fifth by No. 9 hitter Everth Cabrera.
”As long as I’m not facing the Triple-A Cubs, I’ll be all
right. That was my only bad one all spring,” Haren said with a
laugh. ”I feel good and I’m ready to go pitch in a real game and
compete. Today the adrenaline got going, pitching in a real
stadium, and I was closer to my pregame routine. It’s hard to do
that in Tempe. My cutter is definitely coming around.”
Haren, the No. 2 pitcher in the rotation behind Jered Weaver,
finished his spring at 1-3 with a 4.05 ERA in five starts. He is
set to make his season debut next Friday night at Kansas City.
”Jered’s been here for a while, he’s the leader of the staff,
and he’s been an Angel all the way from the beginning of his
career. So he’s the one we’ll turn to,” said the three-time
All-Star, who began last season with Arizona before getting traded
to the Angels in late July. ”I mean, I’ve had a couple of opening
day starts and I liked them, but it’ll be fun to watch Jered out
there. After the first game, it’s pretty much all the same,
Padres lefty Clayton Richard gave up nine runs – seven earned –
and 11 hits over five innings. He finished spring training 1-3 with
an 8.47 ERA in four starts, and is scheduled to make his season
debut next Saturday at St. Louis.
”Unfortunately, things didn’t click quite the way we hoped they
would, but there were some things accomplished,” Richard said.
”My arm felt good and I was in the strike zone, for the most part.
But the command within the strike zone was not very good. There are
times that statistics reflect the performance – and to a certain
point, that was today.”
NOTES: The Padres got their other run in the sixth on Kyle
Phillips’ RBI double against LHP Hisanori Takahashi, the only run
he’s allowed this spring in 12 innings. … Haren, who pitched a
career-high 235 innings last season with the Angels and Arizona
Diamondbacks, and is the only active pitcher in the majors with six
straight season of at least 215. … Richard’s 201 2-3 innings last
year made him the first lefty to lead the team in that category
since Bruce Hurst in 1989 (244 2-3).