We all know that Spring Training doesn’t really equate to season success directly, but for the eternal optimists, the Spring could not have started better for the Angels. The Angels have two games played in which they have hit, pitched, and won at the highest clip possible.
In game one, the Angels played the Seattle Mariners and were victorious 5-1. The Angels hit for an average of .285, one HR, five K’s, three BBs, left 12 runners on base, had four RBIs, had one runner CS and hit a double as well. On the pitcher’s mound, the Angels gave up five hits, one ER, walked two batters, and struck out 12. The only run they gave up was on a Home Run. Jo Adell was probably the game’s offensive star. Adell went one for two with a two-run home run and struck out in his other at bat. Taylor Jones went two for four and drove in the other two runs for the Angels. On the mound for the Angels, Davidson got the start and the win. He went two innings and did not give up a hit while striking out three. Devenski was also impressive in relief in that he struck out two of three batters, and the other out he got was on the ground. He did give up one hit, though.
The Angels played the Chicago White Sox in game two and won 7-0. The Angels hit for an average of .351, with two HRs, five BBs, 11 K’s, and 27 runners left on Base; they did have seven RBIs. Anthony Rendon and Hunter Renfroe hit the HRs, Shohei Ohtani hit a triple, and Taylor Ward and Mike Trout hit doubles. On the mound, the Angels gave up five hits, zero earned runs, three walks, and struck out 15 hitters. Reid Detmers got the win. He pitched two innings, gave up two hits, and struck out five of the six batters he faced. Sam Bachman and Ben Joyce both pitched for the Angels in this game. Each threw one inning, with Joyce striking out two hitters and Bachman striking out the side. Very encouraging for the young Angel pitchers.
All in all, it was a great start to Spring Training for the Angels. Thus far, the pitchers are pitching wonderfully, and the bats are swinging well. It will be very interesting to see if the trend continues this way and how the young players do against major league-caliber players. Also, hopefully, they will come out unscathed on the injury front as a team when spring training wraps up.