Angels win vs the Cactus Rockies 7-4

The Rockies faced the Angels in Spring Training action. It was a fun victory, with Walsh and Adell going back to back in a 6th inning Blitz. Anthony Rendon made his spring debut as well, meaning that the team was basically all complete for the first time this spring.

Recap

1st

Cesar Valdez started the game off with a wild first inning. After back to back singles, Mike Trout botched the ball, allowing a runner to get to third. Immediately after, Anthony Rendon made an excellent play, catching a liner and doubling off the runner at first to keep the game scoreless. Former Angel CJ Cron then struck out to end the threat.

Ohtani grounded out, Trout struck out, and Anthony Rendon grounded out to make it a quiet inning. Still scoreless after one.

2nd

It was a much quieter top of the second for Cesar Valdez. a 1-2-3 inning with the third out due to the hitter running into his own batted ball.

Upton flew out, Walsh popped up, and Adell grounded out to make it another quiet inning for the offense. Still scoreless after 2.

3rd

Raisel Iglesias pitched the third inning and faced his former teammate Jose Iglesias, striking him out. A pop up and a foul out got him through the inning in just 12 pitches.

Defense looks good

Tyler Wade bunted for a single to get the first hit for the Angels. David Fletcher singled as well to put 2 on. Austin Romine walked on 4 pitches to load the bases for Ohtani. He grounded out to second, but the Rockies botched it, everyone was safe.

That meant Mike Trout was up with the bases loaded now with 1 run already in. He hit a sac fly to make it 2-0. Rendon hit in another run. 3-0. Upton flew out, and Walsh grounded out to end the inning.

Woo!

4th

Mike Mayers came in for the 4th and after 2 quick outs had the typical Angels pitching inability to get the third. Thankfully, a pop up ended the inning.

Adell, Wade, and Fletcher went down in order to a strikeout, lineout, and flyout. Till 3-0 Angels after 4.

5th

Aaron Loup came in for the 5th. The new Angels reliver gave up a double right away and after a groundout moved the runner over, a single gave the Rockies their first run. He then, as a lefty, allowed a stolen base when a pickoff failed as Walsh was unable to throw the runner out at second. It was costly as that run came in on a single. 3-2 Angels. The damage was mercifully done after that as he got out of the inning.

Thor interview

Chad Wallach took over catcher for Romine and flew out to deep CF, almost hitting it out. Ohtani grounded out, and all this happened while Noah Syndergaard was being interviewed. Look for him to make his first Spring Training start soon. Trout walked and ended his day by being pulled for Marsh. Rendon’s groundout ended that threat, 3-2 Angels after 5.

6th

Jose Quijada came in for the 6th, again, like a typical Angels pitcher, he got 2 outs and walked the next batter. A pop up got him out of it, however, without any damage.

Upton walked and Walsh hit a 2 run bomb almost to the freeway, then Adell went back to back! Tyler Wade walked to make that 4 straight reaching. Then, Fletcher beat out a GIDP for the first out. Wallach flew out for the second out. Dillon Thomas walked and Marsh singled in the 4th run of the inning! He then stole second base to celebrate the blitz!

Back to Back!

Mayfield walked to extend the inning, but Taylor Ward flew out to end the threat. 7-2 Angels after 6.

7th

Austin Warren came out for the 7th and after a leadoff walk, got the next 3 batters out.

Jose Rojas started the 7th strong with a double, but Orlando Martinez struck out. Livan Soto walked to put 2 on for Rengifo. Rengifo grounded out, putting runners on 2nd and 4rd with 2 outs. Zach Humphreys walked to load the bases, but Dillon Thomas grounded out to end the inning. STill 7-2 Angels after 7.

8th

 Kyle Barraclough had the 8th. After a first batter single, he got the next 3 out.

The Angels went down in order with Marsh, Mayfield, and Ward all striking out. Still 7-2 Angels after 8.

9th

Jonathan Aro closed the game out and he allowed 3 straight hits, allowing a run. A pop up and a single had the bases loaded with just one out. Rengifo botched a grounder that should have ended the game, and another run scored. 7-4 Angels. With the bases loaded, Maddon brought in another pitcher.

Zac Kristofak came in with the bases loaded and one out up by 3. Back to back strikeouts ended the game. Angels win 7-4.

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rspencer
Trusted Member
6 months ago

Wow, this first week of retirement is weird. Up until right now I thought this was the weekend.

Not that we plan to be dormant lazybonses now, but the retirement week’s activities have left us kind of hung over. We started the clean-out of Wifey’s office on Sunday (her office was pretty much a museum of our life), and ended up eating at the Alhambra Hat at midnight.

The really great thing is that we are now no longer limited, as a practical matter, to weekend games. We can go to Anaheim on any night now!

Jim Atkins
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6 months ago
Reply to  rspencer

Always remember that the Latin root for the word “retired” is also the root for the term “pants optional”. Congrats!

rspencer
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6 months ago
Reply to  Jim Atkins

Thanks!

RexFregosi
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6 months ago
Reply to  rspencer

Go to Anaheim any night now?

a proper retirement is spending March in Tempe

rspencer
Trusted Member
6 months ago
Reply to  RexFregosi

That’s the plan, but the timing was wrong for this year, especially with the lockout. But I expect we’ll be in Tempe next year, if we can find a decent babysitter for our menagerie.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Kristofak…. the only MLB player ever to have his jersey purchased by both Marilyn Manson and Trent Reznor.