3 Up, 3 Down: Padres 3, Angels 2 (13)

May, 20, 2012
The Angels looked for a while like they had reached a stalemate of offensive ineptitude, but finally someone managed to score.

The result was a 3-2 loss to the San Diego Padres in 13 innings, another stark example of the Angels' poor hitting, which hasn't abated since the firing of hitting coach Mickey Hatcher. Howie Kendrick bobbled a ball in left field, allowing Clayton Richard to score the winning run.

The Good:

Fast swimmer. It's impossible to avoid fish imagery when writing about Mike Trout. Sorry, that's just the way it is, so get used to it. The Angels' best prospect -- along with Mark Trumbo -- are keeping this team afloat, at least to the extent it's staying afloat. Trout mashed a home run to left-center and was 3-for-4, on base five times.

The aforementioned. Trumbo looks like a different guy. Specifically, he looks like a young Manny Ramirez. He's hitting line drives all over the place and, when he's not absolutely killing a baseball, he's getting on base via the base on balls. Trumbo's newfound patience has made him a far more complete player. 0p0l-p0---kjt

Pitching depth. The Padres are such an inept offensive team, it's hard to judge pitching performances. But Ervin Santana continued to slowly pull his season out of the muck and the bullpen was as good as you can be. Youngster David Carpenter deserves special mention for escaping an almost inescapable jam (winning run on third, one out) and pitching 2 1/3 scoreless innings.

The Bad:

K-Company. If the Angels are going to leave Howie Kendrick in the middle of the order, they're going to need him to produce at a far higher level with runners on base. Entering Sunday, Kendrick was batting .161 with runners in scoring position and .196 with runners on in general. With the bases loaded and one out in the 10th inning, Kendrick struck out swinging.

Sixth street. Maicer Izturis went 0 for 6 and stranded six runners. Need we go on?

Not so hot. When Albert Pujols hit home runs in back-to-back games late last week, it looked like he was about to go on one of his hot streaks, the kind that could carry the team. It hasn't happened. Pujols fell into a familiar pattern Sunday and had a 2-for-12, zero-RBI weekend in San Diego.

Mark Saxon

Mark Saxon is a staff writer for ESPNLosAngeles.com. He spent six years at the Orange County Register, and began his career at the Oakland Tribune, where he started an 11-year journey covering Major League Baseball. He has also covered colleges, including USC football and UCLA basketball.



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Jered Weaver
18 3.59 169 213
BAH. Kendrick .293
HRM. Trout 36
RBIM. Trout 111
RM. Trout 115
OPSM. Trout .939
ERAG. Richards 2.61
SOJ. Weaver 169