Angels 12, Dodgers 3 … (‘Big A’ opener)
Dan Haren was crisp in his final spring tune-up, Mark Trumbo homered and the Angels cranked out 14 hits for the blowout in Game 1 of the Freeway Series.
Howie Kendrick, Peter Bourjos and Torii Hunter each went 2-for-4.
Trumbo hit a line-drive three-run homer that just cleared the left-field wall, giving him five on the spring.
Haren gave up just one run on six hits in 5 2/3 innings, walking none and striking out five. Through 26 2/3 big league spring innings, Haren has posted a 2.05 ERA and — get this — has walked just two batters while striking out 25. Best of all for him on Monday, he got over that “dead arm” issue he had been dealing with.
Trumbo had a bit of an adventure at third base in the second inning, when he awkwardly charged a slow roller by Juan Rivera, resulting in an infield single, and had a hard time tracking a high popup by James Loney before recovering.
Jason Isringhausen struggled for his second straight outing, giving up four singles and a run while only recording one out in the seventh. That’s six runs, nine hits and four outs he’s registered in two outings since being added to the 40-man roster.
Albert Pujols update: 0-for-3 in his first game at Angel Stadium, though he also drove in a run with a walk and was robbed of a single on a slick play by third baseman Juan Uribe.
Pujols, on the pressure of a big contract and a new team: “To tell you the truth, there’s [three] times that I feel pressure: my first at-bat in Spring Training, first at-bat Opening Day and first at-bat in the playoffs. The rest is just baseball. My dad always told me you can’t be afraid of making a mistake; you always need to learn from your mistakes. And there’s no pressure at all. I’m playing the game that I love.”
Best play (that I saw)
In the second inning, Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp robbed Trumbo of extra bases, diving to his right to snare a line drive in the gap.