K. Mennem 7:17 p.m., June 17
Padres creamed by the Angels in Cactus League play
The Los Angeles Angels visited Peoria and dismantled the Padres 12-3 on Thursday in exhibition play
Freddy Garcia doesn't seem to be making a case for consideration at a shot to make the big club. Garcia and the Padres agreed to a minor league deal for a reported $1.3 million that included incentives, but the 13-year veteran hasn't performed well so far in spring training, sporting a 13.5 earned run average in 6 2/3 innings pitched over three outings, including Thursday's performance.
The Angels came to Peoria on Thursday, and Howard Kendrick hit a two-out home run off of Garcia for a 1-0 lead. In the second inning for the Angels, Vernon Wells singled and then Chris Iannetta homered and it was 3-0 Angels over the Padres.
Jesus Guzman homered (his second this spring) in the Padres half of the second inning, bringing the Padres to 3-1, and it appeared that the game might remain close enough for the Padres to strike back at some point. In the fourth inning, Casey Kelly replaced Garcia, and stifled the Angles for a couple of innings.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, the Padres drew closer. With two outs and Garrett Richards on the mound for the Angels, Will Venable smacked a solo home run and the Padres trailed 3-2.
But it began to unravel in the top of the sixth for Padres pitching, and the Angels got to Kelly with two outs in the inning. Two singles, a stolen base, a hit batter, a bases-loaded walk, and another single gave the Angles two more runs and a 5-2 lead.
Reliever Tommy Layne had a particularly bad inning in the top of the seventh inning, giving up three singles which scored a run for the Angels and then a two-out home run to Travis Witherspoon with a full-count. Arturo Lopez relieved Layne, but gave up a solo homer and the Angels led 9-2 over the Padres.
All that San Diego could manage was a solo home run from Alexi Amarista to close to 9-3 in the bottom of the eighth inning. Daniel Stange came in for the top of the ninth and allowed three more runs to the Angels on a single, a walk, and then a home run by Taylor Lindsey.
The Padres did wind up with 10 hits on the afternoon, including 3 home runs, but Angels hitting belted out 12 hits and the final score was 12-3. San Diego continues to hit well in the Cactus League, but it is becoming apparent that the pitching will have to be sorted out soon.
Single-game Padres tickets for the 2013 are now on sale to the general public. They encourage you to buy early and save, although it's difficult to tell what one would really save since the system now revolves around which clubs visit on which days to determine pricing. Perhaps browsing the padres.com website might help, but we'll be damned if we can figure the savings here. Comment if you can find it and I'll pimp the saving in subsequent notes. You can buy at Petco Park or any of their outlets or go to the website or call 619.795.5555 if you need to talk to someone there.
According to Corey Brock of mlb.com minor league player Donavan Tate is not going to report to minor league spring training for "personal reasons". Tate was the third overall pick for the Padres in the 2009 draft and signed for a $6.25 million bonus, but has since been injured and suspended on a "drug of abuse" under MLB's drug policy, and really hasn't done anything. Any bets he becomes just another first round draft pick the Padres have taken in the last decade and a half that washed completely out of baseball? Anyone? Bueller?
Friday, the Padres will try to pick up the pieces and visit the Chicago White Sox in Phoenix. Game time is at 12:05 PM PST and the Padres plan on watching Clayton Richard, Robbie Erlin, Joe Thatcher, Jason Ray, Brad Brach, and Miles Mikolas throw. Expect the number of pitchers they need to see be reduced somewhat soon, as the projected and hopeful starters will need to begin to build stamina and get their consecutive innings in.