Sweet, Sweet Victory! Angels Shutout Milwaukee

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Updated: February 25, 2017

As Victor Rojas would wisely say with a jolt of enthusiasm in his voice, “light that baby up!” Even though it was not the most incredibly decorated, invigorating offensive display, the Angels  squeaked out a victory against the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday afternoon by the final score of 2-0. It was each ball club’s first outing of the spring.

What is worth noting about the triumph is that bona fide starters such as Mike Trout and Kole Calhoun were not even needed to accomplish the feat. Granted the game is technically meaningless, it is encouraging to see (as early as it is) that others have the potential to step up beyond the more obvious big name talents.

Yusmeiro Petit started the contest off on a bright note for the Halos by coughing up only a single knock in his two innings of work. In the pair of innings, Petit managed to whiff two Milwaukee Brewers. While it may not appear to be a gargantuan effort per se, it is good that Petit had a respectable performance like this to kick off the spring. Regardless of whether it is in the back end of the rotation or somewhere in the bullpen, he is one player amidst an array of others contending for a role on the eventual 25-man roster.

Those that pitched behind Petit are similarly looking to appease Mike Scioscia in the next cluster of weeks. Suffice to say, no one was all too disappointing because after the Halos’ starter exited, only 3 other hits were allowed. Deolis Guerra tied Petit in the punch out realm in the sixth inning.

The Angels drew first blood in the bottom of the third stanza with a man a mere 90 feet away from the dish. Ben Revere did not hit the ball all too well, but managed to drive in that first run on an infield single to shortstop Orlando Arcia. Consequently, relief pitcher Joba Chamberlain would ultimately be given the loss since the Brewers never cashed anyone in. The only other run came in the seventh when right fielder Ryan LaMarre attained a sacrifice fly.

After today’s ballgame, it is hard to gauge who has the early edge in the race for first base. Neither C.J. Cron nor Luis Valbuena had anything special brewing against Milwaukee by virtue of going a combined 0-for-4.

The Angels are back at it again tomorrow when they will be on the road against division rival Oakland. First pitch is set for 12:10 PST, and, unlike today, the game will be televised live on FSW.

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