ST Game No. 2: Angels 3, Rockies 0 …

Most important thing: The Angels put together another strong pitching performance, holding the Rockies to four hits. Jered Weaver threw 44 pitches in 2 2/3 innings (two hits, one walk, one strikeout); Drew Rucinski looked good in a two-inning outing; and bullpen candidates Matt Lindstrom, Ryan Mattheus and Frank Herrmann each threw scoreless frames.

Second-most important thing: The Angels made some nice defensive plays, too. Collin Cowgill gunned down Daniel Descalso trying to score on a sac fly with a perfect one-hop throw; Drew Butera showed off his nice arm by gunning down D.J. LeMahieu trying to steal second; Grant Green made a nice sprawling play on a short-hop to his right at second base; and Erick Aybar made a leaping catch.

Third-most important thing: For the second straight day, third base prospect Kyle Kubitza had a hard grounder eat him up at the hot corner. Mike Scioscia blamed that on the hard Arizona infield, which many say is tough to get accustomed to, and said Kubitza is a good defender who has looked good in drills.

Fourth-most important thing: Cesar Ramos broke an opposing left-handed hitter’s bat (Ben Paulson). It’s significant, somewhat, because Scioscia wants to use him as a lefty specialist.

Fifth-most important thing: Outfielder Daniel Robertson hit lefties well in a stint with the Rangers last year, but the scrappy right-handed hitter laced two hits against righties today. He’s a dark-horse candidate for the last bench spot.

More on the game here.


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