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Angels complete sweep of Padres

Brandon Sloter-The Sporting Tribune
Zach Neto’s two-run homer proved to be the difference maker in a 3-2 victory over the Padres to complete the first home sweep by the Angels.

ANAHEIM, Calif. — It took until June 5, but the Angels have completed their first series sweep at home this season after a 3-2 victory over the San Diego Padres on Wednesday night at Angel Stadium.

While right-hander Jose Soriano earned his first victory at home this season as he finished with six hits, two runs and one earned in six innings, his outing wasn’t the only noteworthy performance on the mound.

Right-hander and No. 4 prospect Ben Joyce made his debut since getting called up from Double-A Rocket City earlier this week. Joyce threw a scoreless eighth inning and allowed one hit.

Joyce finished with 13 strikes on 17 pitches, which included 14 fastballs and each of them more than 100 mph. Joyce’s fastest pitch clocked in at 103.3 mph, according to Baseball Savant.

”He started finding the strike zone and he challenged them, he didn’t try to run from them,” Angels manager Ron Washington said. “There was a thought about sending him back out there but I said no.”

Matt Moore came in to earn his first save since the 2022 season and had a crucial out at first to get the penultimate out of the evening. 

“Matt Moore came in and did an outstanding job,” Washington said.

The play was challenged by the Padres and the call stood. Ha-Seong Kim then flew out to end the game.

Nolan Schanuel got things opened the game a home run and gave the Angels an early lead, 1-0.

In the second, Zach Neto added another home run, a two-run blast into left center field that scored Logan O’Hoppe, extending the Angels lead, 3-0.

“Hopefully it gives the fans confidence that we can win at home,” Neto said.  

The Padres made things interesting in the sixth after Luis Arraez hit a double, then Taylor Ward missed the throw and Luis Campusano scored on the error. Then, Fernando Tatis drove in Arraez with a single to right to make it 3-2.

The Angels kept the Padres scoreless from that point on, capping off the victory.

”It shows that we can hang with any of them, it doesn’t matter how young our team is, we have the right guys in this locker room to go out there every day and show what we got,” Neto said. “It doesn’t surprise us at all, we know what we want to do every day and that’s to come out here and beat the other team.”