Padres 8, Angels 6
Peter Bourjos likes the makeup of the Los Angeles Angels
Bourjos homered, Mike Trout had a double and a triple and the
star-studded Angels roughed up Clayton Richard early but the San
Diego Padres rallied for an 8-6 win Wednesday.
”We have a lot of weapons,” Bourjos said. ”We have speed at
the top and bottom of the order and a ton of guys who can hit the
ball long. Sometimes, too, the speed and power overlap. If we get
rolling in the regular season, we have a chance to be pretty
Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton both went 1 for 3 with an RBI
for the formidable order that was similar to the one that will be
used in the regular season. The only starter missing was Erick
Aybar, who’s with the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball
Pujols, serving as the designated hitter, ran the bases for the
first time in a game. Recovering from offseason knee surgery, the
Angels had received permission to use a runner for Pujols when he
reached base before Wednesday.
Bourjos hit a two-run homer off Richard in the fourth. He knows
that he won’t be counted on to provide the pop in this order:
Hamilton hit 43 home runs last year for Texas. Trout and Pujols hit
30 each. Mark Trumbo went deep 32 times.
”I don’t think the exact order matters right now, as long as
the individuals are making progress and getting their work in,”
Bourjos said. ”But when you see all those names on the lineup
card, it is pretty impressive.”
Richard was making his second start of the spring. His previous
start, on Friday, was wiped out by inclement weather.
Focusing primarily on low-strike fastballs and his changeup,
Richard produced mixed results. He allowed five runs and nine hits
in five innings.
”I like that he got his pitch count up and got through five,”
Padres manager Bud Black said. ”He left some pitches up, but he’ll
get them down. Clayton has three starts left in the spring, and
he’ll be able to make the progress needed to be ready when it
Los Angeles starter Joe Blanton allowed two runs on five hits in
The Padres took the lead in the eighth inning on a three-run
error by left fielder Matt Young on a deep fly hit by minor leaguer
NOTES: Padres CF Cameron Maybin, sidelined in recent games with
a back strain, is expected to play Thursday or Friday. . RF Will
Venable (side) is also expected to play this week. . LF Carlos
Quentin (knee) remains out of game play with minor discomfort and
there is no timetable for his return. The Padres are being cautious
with Quentin’s health this offseason. . Angels INF-OF Bill Hall was
unavailable due to tightness in his left calf. He’s missed a few
weeks due to various injuries. . Padres SS Cody Ransom was pulled
after the first inning with a discomfort in his side, but the
injury is not considered serious.