PEORIA, Ariz. -- Angels right-hander Joel Pineiro makes his living with his two-seam fastball, but he needs to surround it with other pitches to keep hitters off balance.
Pineiro spent a warm Tuesday afternoon working on his off-speed stuff -- and it didn't go quite as well as he would have liked against the Padres at Peoria Sports Complex.
Hanging a few sliders and changeups in hitting zones, Pineiro had his first rocky outing of the spring, yielding four earned runs on eight hits and a walk in four innings. He did have lively stuff, getting five strikeouts, including Orlando Hudson and Chase Headley twice each.
"Overall, not bad," said Pineiro, who'd yielded one earned run across nine innings in his first three outings. "You want to still do good, but it's a matter of working on some things. I threw a lot more sliders and changes than I normally would in a game. I've got to execute them better than I did today. A lot of balls were up.
"You need to have [the secondary pitches] ready for when the season starts. Even though you can throw them in the bullpen, it's not the same as with a hitter up there in a game situation. When you leave a ball up, you see what happens."
Eric Patterson in the second inning and Ryan Ludwick in the third smacked two-run homers for the Padres. But the Angels were even more deadly against lefty Wade LeBlanc, enabling Pineiro to keep intact his remarkable spring run of 27 appearances without sustaining a loss.
Pineiro was pleased to extend himself to 72 pitches by the Angels' count -- 66 by MLB.com, with 46 strikes -- after reaching 51 in his previous outing.
"That's a big difference," he said. "When I'm attacking the hitters like I normally do, I keep my pitch counts down."
Confidence-seeking Wood cracks a home run
PEORIA, Ariz. -- This was a good day for Brandon Wood, a guy in need of some good days.
His future with the Angels up in the air after a sluggish start this spring, Wood unloaded a solo homer and showed discipline in taking a free pass on a close full-count pitch during the Angels' 9-6 decision over the Padres on Tuesday at Peoria Sports Complex.
"We've seen Woody searching for some things," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said of the infielder from nearby Scottsdale. "At times his bat speed is looking good. At times he's struggling.
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"Today he saw the ball real good. He hit the home run and drew the walk. He was good. With Woody, one of the big components is definitely confidence. This has to help him. Hopefully, he's going to carry the momentum."
Out of Minor League options and bidding for a job after a frustrating 2010, Wood lifted his Cactus League average to .189 with his second homer. He's slugging .405 with a .211 on-base percentage.
Wood's blast was one of four unloaded by the Angels. Torii Hunter and Vernon Wells went back-to-back on consecutive pitches by southpaw Wade LeBlanc in the fourth inning. Three hitters later, Mark Trumbo lifted his fifth homer of the spring to left-center, an off-balance shot carrying more than 410 feet.
Hunter, LeBlanc said, "got a fastball in and beat me on it. Wells hit a changeup that was up, and it was an 0-2 change to Trumbo. It wasn't a bad pitch, but I should have buried it."
The recovery of Kendrys Morales from left ankle surgery took another step in a positive direction on Tuesday, when he began running bases -- one at a time, station to station, without turns. The first baseman is hoping to be running full tilt in time for the March 31 season opener at Kansas City. The Angels would like to see him in game conditions for the first time this weekend, thinking he needs seven to 10 games to get his swing and timing down. ... Bobby Wilson banged a double in four at-bats against the Padres, his average falling to .480, and caught the full nine innings in the hot sun. ... Wilson and Jeff Mathis both are having excellent springs behind the plate, and Scioscia feels Hank Conger has made strides defensively even though he hasn't found his power stroke. ... Left-hander Matt Meyer worked a scoreless inning and hasn't given up a run in 4 2/3 innings. Matt Palmer stretched out to three innings, yielding two runs (one earned) on two hits, with a pair of strikeouts. ... Making the transition from second base to shortstop, Jean Segura has had an impressive spring. One of the team's five best prospects in most surveys, Segura -- who turns 21 on Thursday -- is batting .312 in 16 at-bats in Cactus League play. He batted .313 at Class A Cedar Rapids last year with 50 steals, 12 triples and 10 homers. ... Kevin Frandsen, a late-game replacement at second base for the Padres, is struggling in his bid to make the roster as a backup infielder. Frandsen, who came through handsomely for the Angels last year but was not tendered a contract, is batting .120 in 25 at-bats.
Lyle Spencer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.