LaMarre, Middleton Shine in 5-3 Victory

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Updated: February 26, 2017

In the second game of the spring, the Angels beat the Oakland Athletics 5-3 behind Ryan LaMarre’s two RBIs and Ben Revere’s second RBI in as many days.

LaMarre enjoyed himself a nice game by driving in two, scoring once, and stealing a base. LaMarre is fighting to be a bench piece for the Halos this season.

Ben Revere and Luis Valbuena both showed fans why they Angels signed them over the offseason, as the pair drove in two runs on two doubles.

Halo pitchers held their own against the A’s, allowing just three runs on six hits. Bud Norris had a shaky start, going one inning while allowing two baserunners, but did not give up a run. Daniel Wright threw two innings of one run ball. Keynan Middleton showed why the Angels are so high on him, throwing a 1-2-3 inning in the 8th. His fastball topped out at 94 MPH according to Pedro Moura of the LA Times.

Mike Scioscia showed he wasn’t playing around when he said he wanted the Angels to be more aggressive on the basepaths this year, as two players were caught stealing in Jefry Marte and Nolan Fontana. Ryan LaMarre was the only player to successfully steal a base today.

The only Angel regulars who got playing time were Andrelton Simmons and Luis Valbuena. The rest of the projected starting lineup, including Mike Trout, did not play. Simmons will be leaving the team to compete for the Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic next week.

The Angels will play the San Diego Padres tomorrow afternoon in Tempe. JC Ramirez will get the ball to start the game.

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