On the 4th game of Spring Training, Dylan Bundy took the mound for the first time. He pitched well with 1 walk, 1 strikeout, no hits or runs allowed in his two innings. Raisel Iglesias made his debut, and gave up a home run on the second pitch. He did retire the next three batters though.
Mike Mayers went one inning, giving up two hits but did not allow a run to score. Jake Faria pitched 1 and 2/3 innings. He allowed 2 hits and two walks with one strikeout and left up 4-1 in the 6th. Thomas Pannone came in for the one out save and allowed an inherited runner to score.
As for the offense, it is the first game for Anthony Rendon. He went 1-2 with a double. Dexter Fowler had a double. Justin Upton had a hit. Luis Regifo and Kurt Suzuki had 2 out RBI. Jo Adell walked and stole a base.
Shohei Ohtani hit a massive home run in the 5th, driving in 2 and making everyone’s jaw drop. Mike Trout, Albert Pujols, and Jose Iglesias went a combined 0-6. Franklin Barreto had a double and an RBI.
Defensively, Kurt Suzuki impressed by throwing out a baserunner. Jo Adell ran down a fly ball trailing away from him and caught it with ease, overall looking more comfortable out there today.
For a 6 inning game, scoring was limited by opportunity. Reds went up 1-0 in the 3rd. The Angels responded in the 4th with a double by Rendon and a single by Rengifo. Rengifo stole a base and Kurt Suzuki drove him in with a single of his own 2-1 Angels. Shohei Ohtani made everyone feel better by hitting a 2 run home run in the 5th. A run by Texas in the 6th made it a 4-2 Angels final.
Oh yeah, spring training wackiness, a bottom of the 6th happened. Angels scored a run on a GIDP after loading the bases on walks. Franklin Barreto hit a double, driving in another run. 6-2 Angels. The Angels left 5 on base and were 4-12 with RISP.
The Angels are now 2-1-1 this spring even as records mean nothing. Next game is vs Arizona at the same time.
The HR Iglesias gave up looked like a wind-blown popup. I won’t hold it against him.
Considering Ohtani’s drive to deep center I think that’s a fair response.
Well, we didn’t sign Iglesias for his HR abilities (he hit 11 in 2019, which is his absolute (more than twice his average) peak.
But, if he is getting the barrel on the ball and hitting, I am more than happy. His historically high BA will certainly help, along with solid D at SS. I am liking this signing so far.
If he’s playing solid D at SS how did he give up a HR?
Man. Ohtani hit the snot out of that. He’s totally washed up.
Is he a high school hitter or is he washed up?
I’m so confused.
Today Franklin Barreto was better than Mike Trout, Albert Pujols, and Jose Iglesias combined
That’s baseball for you.
That is an insane bomb.
Jake Farria. Another minor pickup who started in the TB system. Another multi inning arm. Looked him up on savant. Gets pretty good results with his fastball but his sinker gets crushed. Really nice change piece. Looks better than some of the “depth” we’ve had in recent years.
The Angel’s pen is just this huge pile of maybe. Farria is there with about 5 other guys who, if they pitch well, could form a damn good unit. Slegers, Sandoval, Pena, etc all have the ability to be really effective…. if they pitch effectively.
I know we both wanted Malancon, but the Halos do have about 5 guys on the roster that can be just as good or better if they have a hot 30 innings in em.
fun watching that HR. Jo wears #7 now, I see.
LIGHT UP THE CACTUS!
Just another Halos Victory.
Somebody call Dong?
You grabbed my nuts.