Angels 0, Indians 0 …
That’s right, one day after losing to the Royals, 17-11, in a game that included 33 hits, the Angels finished with a 0-0 tie after nine full innings in Goodyear on Monday. Heading in, Angels pitchers had a 7.63 spring ERA — more than a run a game higher than anyone else in baseball …
Jered Weaver continued to look good, this time while getting stretched out to four innings. He scattered three hits, walked two, struck out six and got several swings and misses on his changeup.
Jerome Williams escaped some trouble and hurled five scoreless innings, giving up five hits, walking one and striking out six. He needed that, after giving up six runs (five earned) and two homers in his previous four frames.
Howie Kendrick went 1-for-3 and has hit safely in each of his nine Spring Training starts. He’s batting .481.
Scott Kazmir hurled four shutout innings against his former team and has thrown eight scoreless frames this spring. His velocity is up to the low-90s, his delivery looks smooth and, though it’s early, he looks nothing like the guy who flamed out with the Angels.
“What he went through for a year and a half with us was absolutely just awful,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “He felt that he tried everything and just couldn’t find it. If today’s any indication, he took a step forward.”
Alberto Callaspo went 0-for-3 and is batting .190.
Best play (that I saw)
With runners on the corners, one out and both teams scoreless in the bottom of the ninth, Scioscia brought in Tommy Field and went with a five-man infield. It worked. Ryan Raburn hit a sharp grounder to third baseman Luis Jimenez, leading to an out at home plate, and Cord Phelps grounded out to second to end the game.
Kazmir, on how he feels now compared to when he last pitched in the Angels organization: “Night-and-day difference. I’m just a completely different pitcher. I guess the velocity would be different by about 10 mph.”