Royals 6, Angels 4 …


C.J. Wilson breezed through five, but Jordan Walden struggled in the sixth and the Royals pulled away late to hand the Angels their second straight loss (whatever that means).

The good

Wilson continued his dominant spring with five scoreless innings — scattering three hits, walking none and striking out five — to bring his Cactus League ERA to 0.64 through four starts.

Mark Trumbo went 2-for-4 with a double while hitting in the No. 5 spot.

Vernon Wells hit a solo homer in the eighth, his second of the spring.

Mike Trout, appearing in his first Cactus League game after nursing a viral infection, finished 0-for-3 with a strikeout and was caught stealing, but also drew a walk, legged out an eventual error on a comebacker and ran the bases with no problems.

The bad

Walden gave up four singles, one double, one wild pitch and was charged with four runs after recording just one out.

Bobby Abreu went 0-for-4 with a strikeout — though he did line out really hard to center field — and is now batting .115 this spring.

Trumbo committed his third error of the spring at third base, fielding a chopper, then sailing a throw way high of first base and into the camera well.

Right-hander Ryan Brasier, who had a 2.92 through 50 relief appearances in Double-A and Triple-A last year, twisted his left ankle in the eighth inning on Wednesday. Brasier threw a wild pitch and pulled up lame after landing. Then, after being checked on by the Angels’ medical staff, the 24-year-old was pulled with one out. He’s currently day-to-day.

Daily Albert Pujols update: 0-for-4 with three strikeouts while playing in his third straight road game; now batting .367.

Best quote

Royals manager Ned Yost on Wilson: “He was really, really sharp. The ball was exploding out of his hand. I kept looking up there at the radar gun and I thought, ‘Gee, that looks 95, 96 [mph]’ and it was 92. But it had tons of life on it. He kept the ball down and worked both sides of the plate extremely well. He was tough – they’ve got some starting pitching over there for sure.”

Best play (that I saw)

Hank Conger threw out Brayan Pena trying to steal second base early in the game. Sure, Pena, also a catcher, doesn’t run very fast. But throwing ability is a big deal for Conger this spring, and that was a good sign.


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