The Padres hosted the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for a friendly match of base ball on the finely groomed pitch located at the Peoria Sports Complex. Manager Andy Green must have suspected some shenanigans from the former Angels on the roster, as ex-halos Jhoulys Chacin, Jered Weaver, and Erick Aybar. Furthermore, a whole group of ex-halos were sequestered and quarantined to minor league camp last week (Nick Buss, Rafael Ortega, Colin Cowgill, Stephen McGee). Anyway, enough about ex-Angels, how about them Padres? Today’s lineup looked a lot like what we might expect to see mid-season. It was nice to see Manuel Margot make his first start after missing time due to injury, and Ryan Schimpf is back to full strength. Speed at the top of the order followed by the lumber in the heart looks like a recipe for runs!
Game vs. Angels at 1:10pm today with Margot back in the lineup playing CF! Here's the full lineup: pic.twitter.com/Hr5rD1Ti10— San Diego Padres (@Padres) March 23, 2017
Veteran Ricky Nolasco was the Angels’ starter in today’s game, and he held the Padres scoreless through four on only one hit. The Padres finally got on the board in the fifth with Ryan Schimpf’s first home run of the year, a solo affair. The Padres scored again in the seventh as Yangervis Solarte ripped a double (and was subbed for pinch runner Dusty Coleman), Ryan Schimpf followed with a walk (and was subbed for pinch runner Jamie Romak), and Hunter Renfroe knocked Coleman in, which chased Nolasco out of the contest in the seventh.
Luis Perdomo had an effective start, but wasn’t as tidy as Nolasco’s. He got into some trouble in the first, when he got touched for an Eric Young Jr. triple, who was knocked in by C.J. Cron. Jeffrey Marte got on base after Cron with another single, but Perdomo got out of the jam by inducing a double play from Dustin Ackley. Ryan Schimpf made a fielding error in the second inning, but Perdomo settled in by retiring the next two batters to close the second, then retired the side in order in the third. Perdomo issued his only walk of the contest to Carlos Perez with two outs in the fourth, but his defense showed up behind him to end the inning. Hunter Renfroe produced a highlight play, gunning Perez down for foolishly trying to score on a single. The league will quickly learn not to challenge the cannon arm of Hunter Renfroe. Ben Revere plated Ryan LaMarre in the fifth with a sacrifice bunt. Perdomo finished his outing with five full innings pitched, responsible for two earned runs on five hits and one walk. This was Perdomo’s longest outing of the spring, as he stretched out to 94 pitches.
The Padres finally showed some offensive life in the eighth inning. With two outs, minor leaguer Auston Bousfield worked a walk, and he moved to third base on a Wil Myers single (River Stevens in as PR). Each batter moved up ninety feet thanks to a balk, scoring Bousfield. Dusty Coleman walked, then Jamie Romak drove Stevens and Coleman in for a two-run double. Hunter Renfroe knocked Romak in with a double of his own, and the Padres were solidly ahead through eight by the score of 6-2.
Miguel Diaz came in to relieve Perdomo and pitched two hitless innings, granting two bases on balls. Craig Stammen continued his stellar spring, working a clean seventh inning and registering two strikeouts. Phil Maton kept his scoreless streak intact, retiring the Angels in order in the ninth inning to close out the game. Final score, Padres 6, Royals 2.
It’s always fun when the good guys win. See if the Padres can do it again tomorrow, as Jhoulys Chacin is scheduled to match off against Martin Perez and the Texas Rangers!