3/17/2013 7:09 P.M. ET
Garcia can't contain Angels; Gyorko leads offense
By Alden Gonzalez / MLB.com
TEMPE, Ariz. -- C.J. Wilson was solid while getting into the sixth inning, Mike Trout notched a two-run triple and Vernon Wells hit his fourth home run of the spring in the Angels' 7-4 win over the split-squad Padres at Tempe Diablo Stadium on Sunday.
Freddy Garcia, a non-roster invitee who's trying to nail down a rotation spot for San Diego, seemingly took a step back, giving up six runs on six hits in five innings to put the Padres in an early hole. Garcia, 36, threw four innings of one-run ball against the Giants his last time out, but now has his Cactus League ERA at 9.77 through 15 2/3 innings.
"That's not my decision," Garcia said of the vacant spot. "It's their decision. All I can do is go out there and pitch and do my job. Today, five innings, I gave up six runs against a tough lineup."
Albert Pujols served as the designated hitter for the seventh time this spring, going 1-for-3 with an RBI single to put his batting average at .350. Howie Kendrick went 2-for-3, giving him a hit in each of his 13 Cactus League starts and putting his batting average at .513.
The Angels (5-12-4) scored three runs in the third on Trout's two-run triple and a sacrifice fly by Alberto Callaspo. In the fourth, Wells put them ahead, 5-1, with a two-run homer. Fighting for some sort of role on the team, the 34-year-old outfielder is batting .423 in Cactus League play and said this is his best spring since 2006 -- when he went on to hit .303 with 32 homers and 106 RBIs with the Blue Jays.
Wilson, whose last start came in a simulated game, gave up only one run in 5 1/3 innings, allowing five hits, walking one and striking out two. Mitch Stetter, hampered for most of camp with a bulging disk in his back, gave up two runs in two-thirds of an inning in his spring debut.
Nick Hundley, the starting catcher with Yasmani Grandal serving a 50-game suspension, and Jedd Gyorko, who figures to be the Opening Day second baseman, had RBI doubles in that frame for the Padres (12-10).
Chase Headley left the game after the first inning with a jammed left thumb and is day to day.
Up next: The Padres face the Cubs at 1:05 p.m. PT on Monday at the Peoria Sports Complex. Clayton Richard gets the start and will work in upwards of six innings in his third appearance of the spring. To date, Richard has allowed five earned runs on nine hits in seven innings. The hurler has been trying to work on his fastball command and wants to do a better job of pitching inside to right-handed batters. That will be a point of emphasis Monday.
Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.