LAA 6, MIL 3; LAA 4, CLE 1 …

Recap

In Phoenix, Dan Haren was solid against the Brewers, Mark Trumbo homered and the Angels scored late for the victory.

In Goodyear, Kendrys Morales homered, Matt Shoemaker gave up just one run through five innings and Maicer Izturis paced the offense from the top of the order for another win.

The good

Morales homered in just his second Spring Training game — and for the first time since that fateful May 29, 2010, walk-off — and also singled to improve to 4-for-6 in Cactus League play.

Trumbo had a couple of hits and made a very nice defensive play at third base.

Izturis went 3-for-4 with a triple as a leadoff hitter.

Haren wasn’t as great as he had been, but gave up just two runs in five innings and — perhaps most important — worked his first game with new catcher Chris Iannetta.

Jordan Walden bounced back from an ugly outing, with a scoreless, two-strikeout inning.

The bad 

Bobby Abreu went 0-for-4 and is now batting .121 this spring.

Vernon Wells went 0-for-4 and is now at .275 this spring.

Daily Albert Pujols update: 0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in the night cap.

Best quote

Kendrys, in Spanish on his first homer: “It’s been almost two years since connecting on one. I felt pretty good mentally. I feel like it lifted my spirits a little bit.”

Best play (that I saw)

In the fifth inning against the Brew Crew, Trumbo made a diving stop to his left on a hard-hit ball by Rickie Weeks while playing third base, then recovered and got the force out at second base.

Alden 

1 Comment

If Vernon’s season-ending average is .275, I’d be content with that. Especially if he hits more doubles and less infield popups this year.

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