Padres at Angels Game Recap 3/9/12

Clayton Richard made his first start of the spring and he looked solid.  He went two innings, gave up one run (a sacrifice fly brought in the run), and allowed two hits.  This was Richard’s first start since undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his shoulder in July of last year.

Jaff Decker, Yonder Alonso, and Matt Clark all had good games in a Padres win.  Decker was 2 for 3 with a run scored an two RBI.  Alonso knocked in the go ahead run in the seventh.  Clark was 1 for 2 with a run and an RBI.  Both Decker and Clark his home runs in the seventh inning.  Decker’s was a two-run shot, and Clark’s was a solo bomb.

For the Angels, Albert Pujols kept up his torrid spring.  He went 2 for 2 with an RBI sacrifice fly in the first.  He is now batting .556 this spring.  Ervin Santana pitched two innings and allowed one run.  In the first inning, he allowed a walk to Mark Kotsay and an RBI double to Carlos Quentin.  But besides that, Santana was sharp.  He struck out three in his two innings of work.

The 6-3 win was just the Padres second win of the spring.  They are now 2-5.  Only Colorado, Atlanta, and Chicago (AL) have worse records.  But it’s still early in spring, and the Padres are learning a lot about their young team and their prospects.

The Padres take on the Indians in Goodyear at 1:05 PT today.  Dustin Moseley will get the start.

Tags: Albert Pujols Carlos Quentin Clayton Richard Los Angeles Angels Mark Kotsay San Diego Padres Yonder Alonso

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