Wins Are Stacking Up Like Flapjacks For Halos

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Updated: March 2, 2017

For quite some time, the same nonchalant decree has been heard over and over again around this time of year: Spring Training games carry no meaning whatsoever. The general takeaway at the absolute best is to take whatever is surveyed with a grain of salt.

Whether Spring Training is deemed as meaningless or not, the way the Angels are playing is exciting. It does not automatically imply that there will be a direct correlation of their current level of play with the way the regular season will go. However, they’re the only team in the majors to not lose since action started last weekend. It is hard to ignore. The Halos are now a whopping 6-0 after getting past the San Francisco Giants by the final score of 5-4.

Ricky Nolasco, who is probably the first guaranteed starter to have pitched so far this spring, was not impeccable but got the job done. In his two stanzas on the mound, he allowed one run on a pair of hits. Supplementary to this, Nolasco managed to collect three punch outs. On the other hand, Giants’ starter Tyler Beede did not allow a run in the two innings he was endowed with.

The Angels did not pencil in some runs until the bottom of the third when Luis Valbuena smacked a double that drove in two. As a result of Valbuena’s two-bagger, the Halos slid past San Francisco and claimed the lead.

As the Angels attained the lead, reliever Yusmeiro Petit did his part in the third, fourth, and fifth innings to keep his team out in front. Despite the four hits he allowed, he still happened to get through each inning unblemished in the runs department.

However, the Giants did not go down without a fight being put up. After Chris Marrero hit a round-tripper in the top of the sixth, they did not stop there. Two additional runs crossed the plate the following inning, thereby giving the visitors a 4-2 advantage at that interval. The advantage did not last for long, for LAA brought a trio home in the bottom half of the seventh. It was capped off by a sacrifice fly courtesy of Matt Williams, who drove in Sherman Johnson in the sequence. This accounted for what would end up being the game-winning run.

Blake Parker did cough up a knock with two outs in the ninth. Although this is true, Parker struck out the side in what was otherwise an impressive display.

The Halos play again tomorrow at Tempe Diablo Stadium. Matt Shoemaker is scheduled to make his first Cactus League start of 2017. He will be dueling against Junior Guerra of the Milwaukee Brewers. First pitch remains in sync with the starting time of the other games thus far in Spring Training at 12:10 PST.

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