Hunter, Wells hit back-to-back HRs in Angels’ win
The Los Angeles Angels have some proven power in the middle of their lineup and it showed on Tuesday.
Hunter and Wells connected on consecutive pitches to start the fourth inning and Los Angeles went deep four times in a 9-6 victory over the San Diego Padres.
“We took some real good swings,” manager Mike Scioscia said. “All the home runs were hit well. That’s a good sign.”
Though his stat line didn’t show it, LeBlanc said he felt had his “best stuff since July.”
“I feel like I threw the ball well,” he said. “I felt I had good stuff and good command. I made one mistake on a changeup to Wells. I got a fastball in on Hunter, and he did a good job getting to it. I threw an 0-2 change to Trumbo, and it wasn’t bad. But I should have buried it.”
“I had all-right stuff,” Pineiro said. “I threw more off-speed stuff than normal. Overall, it wasn’t bad, but I need to get my slider and changeup ready for the season.”
“LeBlanc threw fine, but he got some balls elevated to power hitters,” Padres manager Bud Black. “He has to execute the fastball in. When he misses, he has to miss off the plate.”