Angels End Three Game Drought Against Reds

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Updated: March 8, 2017

The Angels got rid of their losing streak in just about as respectable of a manner as possible today. After allowing a grand total of 34 runs the prior three contests, the ball club did not give up a single run today in their 9-0 shutout of Cincinnati.

Starter Ricky Nolasco met the call of duty in his time on the hill. In three innings of action, he did not cough up a single run. He only gave up a pair of hits and one walk, thereby making it a solid performance for the right-hander.

On the other hand, Reds starter Amir Garrett did not have the same level of success when the box score is glanced at. What is interesting to note, though, is that he did not technically allow an earned run. By the same token, it is not to say that he was effective since seven hits are attached to his name. He was also a bit erratic as well.

In the second, Garrett committed a throwing error on a comebacker that eventually gave batter C.J. Cron an extra base. Ben Revere continued his hot spring by following with a single, bringing Cron to third. When Cliff Pennington came up later in the frame, things then started to unfold. The Angels pulled off a double steal attempt and Cron stole home! The fun did not even stop there, for Pennington followed up with a knock. Later in the inning, Kole Calhoun and Mike Trout both went oppo-taco with extra base hit RBIs.

The Angels used to not always be so aggressive the past couple years when it came to matters like swiping bags. Be that as it may, Mike Scioscia wants to bring that element back to the organization according to what Maria Guardado unveils in her game recap.

“‘A couple years ago, we scored a lot of runs without stealing bases,’ Scioscia said earlier this spring. ‘This year, I think we’re going to steal a lot of runs with stealing bases.’”

What is more encouraging to realize than those runs coming across is that the Halos’ pitchers after Nolasco followed suit rather well. Hurlers like Austin Adams and Mike Morin tossed scoreless innings of relief, and it is safe to say that the trend did not stop there.

The Angels got another trio of runs in the sixth. Yunel Escobar attained a RBI single to left with the bases loaded. The next run was added on a Calhoun double play sequence, and the final one of the stanza was tacked on a wild pitch by Austin Brice.

The score became 9-0 in the ninth when Nolan Fontana hit a bomb over the right field wall. Samuel Holland finished the game on a strong note and accordingly completed the well-rounded effort by the club at large.

Matt Shoemaker is the scheduled starter tomorrow for the Angels when they square off against the Cleveland Indians. The game is on the road as was the case today and first pitch will transpire at around 12:05 PST.

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