Mike Trout has big day in offensive exhibition with Cubs

Angels outfielder Mike Trout slides in with a run against the Cubs in a spring training game.
(Chris Carlson / Associated Press)

Angels 10, Chicago Cubs 9

AT THE PLATE: Mike Trout looked comfortable in the box, lining run-scoring doubles to left field in the second and fifth innings and singling to center in the fourth. Trout also walked, stole second and scored on the first of Albert Pujols’ two singles in the first. Pujols has eight hits in 18 spring at-bats for a .444 average. The Angels scored five runs in the fifth, highlighted by Drew Butera’s three-run homer to left, and C.J. Cron blasted a solo homer to left-center in the sixth. Butera and Collin Cowgill had two hits apiece.

ON THE MOUND: Sean Newcomb, starting in place of the injured C.J. Wilson, gave up two runs and three hits, all singles, and was pulled with two outs in the first, but the highly touted left-hander, a first-round pick in June, was only scheduled to throw one inning. A pair of right-handers bidding for relief jobs had rough outings. Matt Lindstrom gave up a long two-run homer to Kris Bryant in the third, and Frank Herrmann was rocked for four runs and four hits, including Jorge Soler’s homer and three doubles, in the fourth.


EXTRA BASES: Outfielder Matt Joyce, who missed two games this week because of soreness in his rib cage, was scratched because of a tight hamstring, but Manager Mike Scioscia said he expects Joyce to play Friday. … Closer Huston Street, who experienced such severe flu symptoms Tuesday that he spent the night at a hotel so he wouldn’t get his pregnant wife or two young sons sick, returned to the team Thursday. The right-hander will throw in the bullpen Friday and return to game action Sunday. … Cuban infielder Roberto Baldoquin, who signed for $8 million in January, has received the necessary documents to travel from Haiti to Miami and is expected to be in camp Friday or Saturday.

UP NEXT: San Diego Padres at Tempe Diablo Stadium at 1 p.m. On the air: TV: Prime; Radio: 830.