Halos Remain Perfect After Overcoming World Champs

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Updated: February 28, 2017

Even though it was not the easiest game to crawl back into, the Angels overcame a four run deficit at one point to defeat the Chicago Cubs, 7-5. Consequently, the Halos remain perfect thus far in Spring Training at 4-0 overall.

Manny Banuelos was on the hill today for the Angels, making his Spring Training debut in the process. Granted he gave up three freebies to the Cubs due to minor command issues, he did not allow a single runner to touch home plate in his two innings of work. Chicago starter Alec Mills likewise did not allow a run in his two innings of action, although he did surrender three knocks.

C.J. Cron, who got the starting nod at first base, got the scoring going in the top of the third. He hammered a deep fly ball that found its way over the left field wall, giving LAA a 1-0 advantage. Shortly thereafter, Jefry Marté smoked a shot to deep center, yet Albert Almora Jr. flashed the leather by making a leaping, over the shoulder effort.

The bottom half of the third along with the fourth were not too friendly to the visiting Angels. Vicente Campos walked two Cubs in the former frame, and with two outs shortstop Addison Russell capitalized on the string of free passes the Halos kept yielding. Russell annihilated a 3-2 pitch well over the fence in dead center field. In the following frame, the home town managed to pick up a couple more runs to increase their lead. However, it was a lead that did not last permanently.

With two men on in the fifth, Marté hit a fairly routine ball to Russell’s replacement, Munenori Kawasaki. However, Kawasaki somehow misplayed the grounder. The goof thereby trimmed the Cubs’ lead to three. The Halos added a couple more key runs the following inning to further cut into the deficit. After the bases were juiced in the sixth, Marté came through once more against Maikel Cleto (but for real this time). He hit the ball past the mound that trickled its way through the Cubs’ defense into center field, officially giving LAA the lead.

Thankfully, the Angels never looked back after that stage of the contest. An insurance run was added in the final frame of the game thanks to a Michael Hermosillo solo jack. Greg Mahle finished off the defending champions to accordingly secure the triumph.

The Halos return home tomorrow to take on the Texas Rangers at 12:10 PST. Jesse Chavez, who is aiming to procure the final spot in the rotation, will get the golden opportunity to hopefully make a good first impression.

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