PEORIA, Ariz. -- Howie Kendrick, Chris Iannetta and prospects Travis Witherspoon and Taylor Lindsey hit home runs on Thursday to lead the Angels to a 12-3 exhibition victory over the San Diego Padres at the Peoria Sports Complex.
Kendrick lined a solo shot to left field off Freddy Garcia in the first inning and singled in the sixth. The second baseman is batting .556 (10 for18) with three homers in six games. He hit eight homers last season after hitting 18 in 2011.
“He’s seeing the ball well right now. It doesn’t take him long to get ready, I guess,” Manager Mike Scioscia said of Kendrick. “The furthest thing from his mind is hitting home runs, but he does have some pop, and he showed it a couple of years ago.”
Iannetta followed Vernon Wells’ second-inning single with a two-run shot to left, his first of the exhibition season, Witherspoon highlighted a four-run seventh inning with a three-run shot to left, and Lindsey hit a three-run shot to center in the ninth.