Spring Training is here, and the first game is in the books!
Angels scored first in the second thanks to a Rengifo double, a sac fly by Ward, and a single by Bemboom. 2-0. The next inning was good for the Angels as well, with a bases loaded walk and a double play that resulted in a run. 4-0 Angels.
The Giants did not just lay down and die, and scored as well due to wild Angels pitching and bad Angels defense. Jo Adell and balls to the outfield made it 4-2 Angels in the 3rd.
The 7th was a wild Giants inning as they pitched like the Angels. Bases loaded walk made it 5-2 Halos with the first out being a strikeout on being a bit too passive out there. Another strikeout and it was down to the last out, except no. The Giants used the new Manfred rule to get out of the inning with 2 outs. Boo.
Thomas Pannone closed the game out and secured the victory for the Angels. Angels win their first game of the spring with only 2 hits allowed!
Jose Quintana was the first Angel to start this spring and he debuted like we all expected. Wild. After a hit by pitch and a walk, things were looking bad for our new Starting Pitcher. Sure, this was Spring Training, so it did not count, but first impressions. Then he had 3 straight flyouts to end the inning with no damage, making this a scary Angels outing rather than a bad one. Welcome to the Angels!
Patrick Sandoval was up next in the second. After a flyout and a strikeout, he looked to be done with few pitches, but a walk and a wild pitch and things were trouble fast. 2 outs troubles struck. Then he calmed down and got a strikeout to end the inning at 24 pitches. Another typical Angels outing.
Gerardo Reyes was next. He did not pitch last year, and it showed. After a quick strikeout, he unraveled fast and did not make it out of the inning. However it wasn’t all his fault. Jo Adell literally fell down in the outfield, which made a maybe catchable ball a double. Then immediately after he looked to have tweaked something as he was pulled right away. Hope he is alright.
Jake Faria took over and allowed a flyout to result in a run. He then got the next guy out and out of the 3rd fast. He came out for the 4th and got 3 quick outs. 1 and 2/3 innings in 10 pitches. Not bad. Start this guy with a clean inning and he makes good use of the defense in this very small sample size.
Kyle Keller was in for the 5th, he got two quick outs but the third batter made him work. So much so that he drew a walk and Keller had to use 20 pitches to get out of the inning when it looked to be 10. Still decent.
Dillon peters in for the 6th, two quick outs as he tried to prove others wrong. Then he had some trouble getting a third out. Typical. He didn’t allow any runs to score though.
David Fletcher got leadoff today and he showed that he will certainly have that for the regular season with two walks. He was patient, not swinging at the Giants wild pitching.
Luis Rengifo was good today, getting a double, a walk, a run scored, and an RBI. He won’t be the starting shortstop to start the season but if he does this, maybe we won’t worry when he gets playing time.
Matt Thaiss was not as impressive. His most impressive play was reaching on an error, only to get thrown out stealing second. First base is no longer his and he needs to impress to make it any team at this point.
Juan Lagares impressed with a Willie Mays lite catch in centerfield. He also had a hit and a run scored. The fight for 4th outfielder is fierce, so anything can be made huge in spring.
Jo Adell GiDP and overall did not look good, especially in right field. Adams and Marsh made brief appearances and looked more ready than him. Especially Marsh, as his beard was magnificent.
Anthony Bemboom got an RBI and between him and Juan Graterol, they had two hits and called a good game. A 2 hitter between them.
The Next Angels broadcast will be vs the White Sox Tomorrow. Angels fans will be in the stands as the Angels make their home debut.