AT THE PLATE: Mike Trout launched a three-run home run off Chicago ace Chris Sale in the sixth inning, putting the Angels on the board for the first time. Two batters later, C.J. Cron hit another home run to almost the same spot beyond the left-field fence. … Third baseman Yunel Escobar returned to the lineup and singled and doubled in three at-bats, raising his spring average to .500. Escobar was scratched from Tuesday's game because of minor eye irritation. … Johnny Giavotella singled and walked, as the Angels reached base 15 times in all.
ON THE MOUND: Right-hander Matt Shoemaker yielded a home run that bounced off Kole Calhoun's glove at the right-field wall to the second batter he faced, then retired the next 10 hitters in order. He gave up another home run, this one well-struck, in his sixth and final inning. He struck out four, walked one, and was charged with four runs. In 20 innings over five appearances this spring, Shoemaker has given up seven home runs … In relief, right-hander Cam Bedrosian struck out two in a scoreless inning.
EXTRA BASES: In an intrasquad game at Tempe Diablo Stadium, the Angels' Garrett Richards threw six innings. The team wanted him to throw at least 90 pitches, and he did, striking out six while walking two. Manager Mike Scioscia had Richards pitch against teammates to ensure three major league innings would be available for others, because Richards would have started a seventh inning if he needed more pitches. … Jered Weaver will start Friday's game against Oakland and throw five innings. Nick Tropeano, who missed his scheduled start Monday because of the flu, will now start on Monday. In between, Andrew Heaney and Hector Santiago will start.
UP NEXT: Oakland on Friday, 1 p.m. at Hohokam Stadium. On the air: TV: FS West; Radio: 830.
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