Rockies 6, Angels 2 (Jerome Williams fine) …
In Tempe, Garrett Richards was hit around a bit, Kendrys Morales stayed hot and the Angels snapped a five-game winning streak.
In Phoenix, Jerome Williams had a solid return to the mound.
Morales, who took a day off Sunday after three straight games, picked up three singles in four at-bats while batting in the No. 6 spot and is now 8-for-13 with a home run in Cactus League play. The best part: All those hits came from the right side of the plate — a side that would be toughest on the switch-hitting Morales’ recovering left ankle and a side he doesn’t get to hit from as often.
Williams, out since March 2 with a strained left hamstring, was sharp in a scoreless three-inning outing against the Triple-A Athletics, hurling three shutout innings, giving up only a single and a walk, striking out four, shattering a couple bats and not allowing any hard-hit balls. He threw 41 pitches and will next pitch in a Minor League game Saturday. The fifth-starter race, as they say, is on.
Jordan Walden pitched a perfect ninth inning and has now given up just one hit in two appearances since that dreadful four-run, one-out outing against the Royals last week.
Bobby Abreu‘s horrid spring continued. He made an error while dropping a fly ball under the sun in left field and finished 0-for-3 to bring his Cactus League batting average to .100. That’s 4-for-40, if you’re scoring at home.
Richards wasn’t his usually sharp self, giving up six runs (four earned) on seven hits and three walks in 5 1/3 innings. The hard-throwing right-hander has a 3.73 ERA in 19 1/3 innings this spring if you count his Minor League outing.
Daily Albert Pujols update: 0-for-3. He poped out, grounded out and reached on an error — all to third base — and is batting .310 this spring.
Williams: “I am on track. It is a big relief for me. I’m happy that I’m back where, hopefully, I need to be, moving forward. Hopefully I’ll be there at Yankee Stadium [on April 15].”
Best play (that I actually didn’t see)
Thank goodness for MLB.com video highlights, eh? I didn’t watch it live, but I did see a replay of this ridiculous Erick Aybar play.