Rene Rivera homers in Angels’ 15-9 loss to Diamondbacks
Diamondbacks 15, Angels 9
AT THE PLATE: Backup catcher Rene Rivera homered for the second consecutive game. Brandon Marsh, the team’s No. 5 prospect, had an RBI triple, displaying good speed as the ball headed into the right-field corner. Jefry Marte and Chris Carter had sacrifice flies and Carlos Perez an RBI single.
ON THE MOUND: Starter Tyler Skaggs pitched into the fourth inning, giving up four runs on four hits. He struck out four and walked five. “Not the outing you want to have at the end of spring training,” Skaggs said. “But, at the same time, it’s a building block. I definitely have a lot to work on in the bullpen.” The left-hander said he was happy with the way his arm felt after his previous 95-pitch effort in a minor league game. Luke Bard, who as a Rule 5 pick has to make the opening day roster or be offered back to the Minnesota Twins, gave up four runs in 1 2/3 innings. Blake Parker surrendered a run in one inning. Cam Bedrosian struck out two in a scoreless inning.
EXTRA BASES: Jo Adell, the organization’s No. 2 prospect after Shohei Ohtani, drove in a run with a ground out. … Torii Hunter Jr. finished the game in left field. He drove in a run with an infield single. … Most of the Angels who will open the season didn’t play, having left Arizona after the game Friday.
UP NEXT: Angels vs. Dodgers at 6 p.m. Sunday at Angel Stadium. TV: FS West; Radio: 830.
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