PEORIA – Mother nature had its way at the end of today’s game between the Los Angeles Angels and Seattle Mariners where the M’s ended up topping the Angels 5-3.
Before mother nature decided to let the flood gates open, we were given a chance to see some of the finer prospects in baseball take the field and prove their worth, including Mariners pitchers Roenis Elias, James Gillheeney, and Stephen Kohlscheen. The three combined to pitch 3.1 innings of work, allowing six hits and three earned runs, while striking out a pair.
Along with the prospect, off-season acquisition Scott Baker performed well mixing pitches and maintaining his outstanding command, going two full innings, allowing two base runners (one hit, one walk) and striking out one.
Angels looked to C.J. Wilson for the first time this spring. Wilson just days earlier had taken a line drive off the side of the head, but it didn’t seem to effect him today. He began his spring by striking out the first three batters he faced, two using his cutter. Wilson went on to face eight more batters, allowing two hits and a walk in the second, which ended up putting him as the losing pitcher while attaining three runs (all earned), and allowed a third hit in the third, the only batter he faced in the inning.
2013 Angels bullpen contenders Kevin Jepsen and Michael Kohn both saw an inning of work where they both went perfect with 1-2-3 innings.
Mariners and Angels fans caught a glimpse of Robinson Cano who provided a good glimpse of what he brings to the lineup. His two hits and RBI helped lift the Mariners offense which included him being brought home by another two-hit performance maker of Justin Smoak who had a double in the second which missed home run territory by about five feet to the right on the 30-foot-tall batter’s eye.
Mariners off-season trade acquisition Logan Morrison also provided two hits to the Mariners offense, and an RBI.
The Angels offense was limited due to good pitching from the Mariners, with the exclusion of Grant Green who had a 2-for-2 day, including an RBI double.
Final from Peoria Sports Complex in Peoria, Arizona:
Angels, 3 Mariners, 5
W – Scott Baker (1-0, 0.00)
L – C.J. Wilson (0-1, 13.50)
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