Angels 9, D-backs 2 …


Albert Pujols and Howie Kendrick each homered, Bobby Abreu had his first good day of the spring, the Angels continued their trend of scoring early and C.J. Wilson was solid in the victory .

The good

Abreu (making his first appearance of the spring in this category, came in with a 4-for-46 stat line and a nixed deal to the Indians, but went 2-for-3 with a couple of RBIs.

Torii Hunter hit the ball hard, going 3-for-3 with a couple of runs scored to bring his average to .347.

Howie Kendrick homered for the fourth time this spring.

Wilson gave up two runs on five hits and one walk while striking out seven in 6 1/3 innings, putting his Cactus League ERA at 1.33. CJ said he accomplished the two main things he wanted to: He was efficient with his pitches (walking only three guys all spring) and gained confidence in his changeup (he said the only mistake he made on it was the Ryan Roberts homer).

The bad

Kendrys Morales went 0-for-4 with a strikeout — all from the left side.

Best quote

Wilson, on the fantastic rotation he is now a part of: “Dan [Haren] throws 230 innings here, Jered [Weaver] had like the second-lowest ERA in the American League last year, [Ervin] Santana threw a no-hitter. I’m just the lefty. I’m just window dressing at this point. So I gotta get up on their level.”

Pest play (that I saw)

In the top of the fifth, Wilson — who had previously fumbled a couple of softly-hit balls right at him — snared a really hard-hit ground ball off the bat of big slugger Paul Goldschmidt.



pest and snared cool

Great spring Angels, no major injuries. I always liked Abreu a professional hitter to me. The numbers don’t mean crap, he has had some bad luck, but it’s good to hear he’s in shape and swinging the bat. At his age on this team, he has got to know that he’s going to be riding the bench and getting limited playing time. I hope he can deal with that.

CJ said he accomplished the two main things he wanted to:

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