Spring Training games are finally here, and the Angels lost 10-8 thanks to bad relief pitching. It was a Michael Lorenzen start, although Spring Training starts are more like openers. Not many of the regular starters played, but still, it was nice to see baseball again.
Jo Adell, Brandon Marsh, and Michael Lorenzen played great, with all three looking ready for Opening Day already. Sure, it was against mostly MiLB players, but who cares? The A’s scored off of MiLB pitchers too.
Brandon Marsh led off the game by flying out. Tyler Wade singled, then stole a base. After a Rengifo strikeout, Jo Adell hit a 2 run shot to give the Angels the early lead.
Michael Lorenzen had the start, making his Angels debut. The former CSF pitcher was glad to be pitching for his hometown team. He set down the side in order to celebrate.
Mayfield got an infield single to lead off the 2nd. Gatewood hit into a fielder’s choice, and then got thrown out at home on a Martinez double. Despite 2 hits, the Angels get nothing.
Lorenzen had another quick 1-2-3 inning. Still 2-0 Angels after 2.
Marsh led off the 3rd with a single. Wade flew out, but Rengifo hit a single to make it 1st and 3rd with one out. Jo Adell reached on an error, scoring Marsh. 3-0 Angels.
Brian Moran came in for relief, getting a quick 1-2-3 inning with two close catches in shallow RF. Still 3-0 Angels after 3.
Gatewood flew out, but Martinez got an infield single and Sierra doubled. Second and 3rd with one out. Thomas pinch hit for Marsh, but struck out. Marsh’s day was over as it is a goal to get as many players to play today as possible. Andrew Velazquez pinch hit for Wade and hit a bloop double, scoring 2. 5-0 Angels.
Zack Weiss was in now, and he allowed a double, losing the no hitter. He allowed another double, blowing the shutout as well. A single and a triple scored 2 more, making it a game again. A strikeout got the second out, but Maddon brought in Eric Torres, who ended the threat. 5-3 Angels after 4.
Adell grounded out to lead off the 5th, but Wallach hit a solo shot to get one of those runs back. 6-3 Angels. Mayfield hit a ground rule double, but Gatewood struck out. Martinez had a 2 out walk to put multiple runners on, but Sierra grounded out to end the threat.
Davis Daniel had the mound now, he almost got out of the inning cleanly, but a misplaced fly ball and a single allowed an earned ‘unearned’ run. A walk but the tying run on, and he was yanked. Zac Kristofak came in to end the threat. 6-4 Angels after 5.
Thomas walked and Velazquez singled to put 2 on for Stefanic. He didn’t disappoint, doubling in a run. 7-4 Angels. Riojas struck out, but Wallach walked to load the bases. Wong hit a sac fly for their 8th run. 8-4 Angels.
Zac Kristofak was pitching again, but the first batter reached on another error by the outfield. Rojas had it go off his glove for a ‘triple’. A sac fly made it 8-5. He limited the damage and got out of the inning still 8-5 Angels.
Angels went down quietly for the first time in the game. The Angels head into the stretch up 8-5.
Luis Ledo was in now, and he gave up a double and a single for another A’s run. 8-6 Angels. More hits and a wild pitch lets another run score. 8-7 Angels. He loaded the bases and was yanked. Dakota Donovan came in. Rojas made a great catch to hold the lead, 8-7 Angels after 7.
After Velazquez struck out, back to back to back walks made the bases loaded, yet a GIDP ended the inning. Still 8-7 Angels.
Ryan Smith came in, he gave up two hits, then a 4 run home run with 2 outs. 10-8 A’s after 8, officially blowing the game.
Now trailing for the first time, it was a last gasp to win. Trey Cabbage was up first, he struck out. Preston Palmeiro next, he flew out. Bryce Teodosio was the last batter and struck out looking.
Angels lose 10-8, blowing a 5 run lead. Angels Baseball, everyone.