Padres 6, Angels 3 …
Both starters — Ervin Santana of the Angels and Clayton Richard of the Padres — pitched well, and most of the scoring came late, with the Padres scoring four runs in the seventh and eighth for the victory.
Albert Pujols continued to surge. Playing in his fourth spring game in five days, the new first baseman went 2-for-2 with a double and an RBI. Pujols is now 5-for-9 with three doubles, two RBIs, two runs and two walks.
Erick Aybar continued to surge as the leadoff hitter, going 2-for-3 with a double and double and a run scored. Aybar is now 4-for-8 with two walks while making three starts at the top of the Angels’ order this spring.
Santana may have given up a run — after Jered Weaver, Dan Haren and C.J. Wilson threw two scoreless in their debuts — but he gave up just one hit and walked one while striking out three in his two frames. Most important, he mixed in several of those developing changeups. “I’ve always had the changeup, but I don’t use it too much. I’m just working on my location and fastball command at this point,” Santana said in Spanish.
Howie Kendrick, Vernon Wells and Chris Iannetta went hitless. Wells continues to have good at-bats, though.
Kevin Jepsen walked a couple of batters and gave up a hit in his lone inning of work, but he worked out of it unscathed.
Manager Mike Scioscia, when asked if Pujols will stick as the No. 3 hitter: “Unless something really strange develops in the spring. … I think we’ll work around Albert in the 3 spot, and we should have guys that are 9-1-2 that are hopefully feeding him enough.”
Best play (that I saw)
In the top of the third, Peter Bourjos gunned down the speedy Cameron Maybin trying to go first to third on a single up the middle with a perfect throw.