"The power that I usually have this time of the year I can't
compare to other years because I've missed so much time," Colon
said through a translator. "I have to work harder now than at any
point in my career in between starts in order for me to recoup all
the strengths that I need. I'm definitely going to use this one to
build off of."
Gonzalez, though, didn't notice any rust on Colon.
"His stuff was good. He had good movement on his sinker. He had
life on his fastball," he said.
Colon (0-3) gave up four runs -- two earned -- and nine hits in
seven innings, struck out a season-high five and walked one a day
after being activated from the disabled list. He hadn't pitched
since April 15 because of right shoulder inflammation.
"I thought Bartolo looked sharp," Angels manager Mike Scioscia
said. "His stuff was good. He was in and out of the zone and had
good velocity. I think a little later in the outing his pitches
were up a little bit."
Colon, last year's AL Cy Young Award winner, retired 10
consecutive batters during one stretch before getting tagged for
three runs in the fourth, when the Padres took a 4-2 lead.
"I feel pretty good about how things went. It was almost like a
sense of relief to be able to cut loose and feel no discomfort
whatsoever," he said. "There was no pain, no stiffness. The only
thing I'm working through right now is building up the strength in
Chan Ho Park (5-3) allowed three runs and five hits in 5 2/3
innings for the Padres. He struck out four and walked three to help
the Padres win their fifth series out of their last seven.
"He's the one that kept us in the game," Gonzalez said.
San Diego came back with two outs in the fourth. Gonzalez hit a
1-2 pitch into the right-field seats to tie it.
"He just happened to leave that one a little up and more middle
than he wanted to," Gonzalez said. "With two strikes, you just
got to be aggressive and I put a good swing on the ball."
"With our offense not really producing at the level we need it
to, our margin of winning is very, very thin," Scioscia said. "So
you've got to play good defense, you have to pitch well and you
have to use every bit of situational hitting you can."
Castilla's two-run double off Brendan Donnelly extended San
Diego's lead to 6-3 in the eighth.
Eric Young started in place of Dave Roberts in left field
for the Padres, a day after Roberts bruised his right knee on the
low wall attempting a sliding catch. An MRI showed no structural
damage, but revealed a deep bruise and Roberts will be placed on
the DL, manager Bruce Bochy said after the game. "That's a tough
blow for us. He's done a great job in the leadoff spot. We're going
to miss that," Bochy said. ... Angels CF Darin Erstad is day to
day after leaving Saturday's game in the fourth inning with an
aggravated right foot. "I'm confident that Ersty's going to be
able to stay healthy enough to have a role for us," Scioscia said.
"He might not be the everyday center fielder right now." ...
Barry Williams, who played Greg Brady on "The Brady Bunch," sang
the national anthem on Father's Day. His old show was spoofed on
the scoreboard, with pictures of the Rally Monkey subbing for the
six Brady children.