Angels 6, White Sox 2 …
The Angels trotted out almost a completely different lineup, but got some early production once again, scoring all six of their runs in the first three innings for the win. The Angels have now scored 15 runs in the first four innings of their two Cactus League games and zero in the last five. A good sign considering the starters exit early.
Vernon Wells walked today. He also walked yesterday. Why is that relevant? Well, last year he only walked in back-to-back regular season games once — on June 8 and 10. Yeah, 2011 was a tough year.
Albert Pujols, who went 1-for-2 with a double and a walk as the DH, has now hit with runners in scoring position in four of his first six plate appearances.
Alberto Callaspo, who hit sixth Monday and second today, went 2-for-3 for the second straight game.
Eric Hurley and Trevor Bell, both of whom have been mentioned for the fifth spot, each threw two scoreless innings.
Kevin Jepsen, one of the favorites for an empty bullpen spot, struck out two batters in his only inning of work.
Garrett Richards labored through his two innings, throwing around 40 pitches while giving up two runs on four hits and a walk. Not that it matters much at this point, though. Richards said he threw mostly sliders and fastballs, and, like every pitcher, he’s just trying to get his arm in shape right now.
Ryan Langerhans, the veteran outfielder signed as a non-roster invitee, has had misplays in the outfield each of the last two days. He mishandled a fly ball on Monday and kicked around an eventual RBI double on Tuesday.
Mike Scioscia on young outfielder/first baseman Kole Calhoun, who went 2-for-4 with a double: “Kole’s a really interesting guy. He was a senior signed out of ASU. But he’s versatile, he’s got a real nice presence in the batter’s box from the left side, he can play good outfield and good first base. He had a real good year in the Cal League last year. He’s definitely a guy who can move onto our depth chart at some point this year. But right now, it’s a huge jump between A and Double-A in the Minor Leagues, and he’s going to have to make that hurdle.”
Best play (that I was able to see)
White Sox left fielder Brandon Short dove full extension to steal a single away from Calhoun in the eighth.