Padres' Stults impressive for 5 innings in win

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 14, 2014 at 8:45 pm •  Published: March 14, 2014
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PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Eric Stults had his best outing of spring training, allowing one run over five innings, and Nick Hundley homered in the San Diego Padres' 4-2 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Friday.

Stults allowed three hits and struck out four.

"My tempo and rhythm hadn't felt right," said Stults.

Stults has proven to be a solid pickup for the Padres after he was claimed off waivers from the Chicago White Sox during 2012. He posted an 8-3 record and a 2.92 ERA in 18 games with the Padres in 2012 and went 11-13 with a 3.93 ERA in 2013.

Los Angeles starter Tyler Skaggs made his third spring start and allowed three runs and eight hits with four strikeouts.

Hundley hit his second homer of the spring off Skaggs in the second, a solo shot.

"He had a couple of good swings today," San Diego manager Bud Black said of Hundley, who hit 13 homers in 373 at bats in 2013.

Hundley and Ryan Jackson had RBI singles in the fourth off Skaggs.

Jedd Gyorko hit his second spring homer off Los Angeles' Fernando Salas in the fifth.

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Angels: Skaggs was coming off four shutout innings against Cincinnati in his second start. He went more to his curveball in Friday's start, a pitch he says is his bread-and-butter pitch.

"My fastball command was pretty good today," Skaggs said. "I threw a lot of first-pitch strikes. When the (curve) is going good, everything goes good. I was close to a few double plays today. Three times groundball went through the infield."

"His second time around his fastball was elevated a bit too much," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "He's got a terrific arm. He's growing and he's learning. He's not the finished product."

Skaggs, 3-6 career with a 5.43 ERA over 13 major league starts, could be competing Joe Blanton for the final rotation spot with the Angels.

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