PEORIA, Ariz. -- This was a little more like it, said Padres pitcher Eric Stults, who had his best start of the spring on Friday against the Angels.
Stults, who entered the game with an 11.37 ERA in three appearances, yielded one run on three hits and had four strikeouts in five innings of the Padres' 4-2 victory at the Peoria Sports Complex.
"This start was definitely an improvement," said Stults, who is projected to be the No. 5 starter in the rotation. "The first two starts, my tempo and rhythm just didn't feel right. Today I felt much better."
That is not entirely surprising for Stults, a left-hander who relies more on command and keeping hitters off-balanced than simply throwing the ball by them.
"For a guy like me, a finesse and feel guy, the more I get out there the better it seems I feel," he said.