Highlights from the Angels’ 10-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.
AT THE PLATE: Johnny Giavotella, who hit a three-run homer Sunday, had two hits, including a two-run triple to highlight a six-run fifth inning. C.J. Cron lined a two-run single to right in the fifth. Daniel Nava had a hit and two walks and is batting .611 (11 for 18) with a .708 on-base percentage. Rafael Ortega had two hits and a run batted in. Cliff Pennington had two hits and drove in a run with a safety squeeze in the third. Todd Cunningham had two hits to raise his spring average to .533 (eight for 15).
ON THE MOUND: Closer Huston Street struck out one in a scoreless third, and relievers Javy Guerra, Jose Alvarez, Lucas Luetge and Yunesky Maya each threw scoreless innings. Left-hander Nate Smith, who is probably next in line for the rotation if any more starters get hurt, gave up one run and three hits in two innings, an improvement over his first two games, when he gave up seven runs and eight hits in 2 1/3 innings.
EXTRA BASES: A spine specialist confirmed Jered Weaver’s diagnosis of mild degenerative changes in his cervical spine. The right-hander will continue throwing as tolerated, with a focus on adding flexibility and strength.
Left-hander Tyler Skaggs, slowed in his return from reconstructive elbow surgery, threw 30 pitches off a mound to hitters who were instructed not to swing. “Just trying to get my focal points, my sights,” said Skaggs, who hasn’t pitched in a big league game since July 31, 2014. “I felt good, strong. It was coming out nice.”
Skaggs’ next step will be to throw a simulated game against hitters Saturday.
UP NEXT: Mariners on Tuesday, 1 p.m. at Tempe Diablo Stadium. TV: FS West; Radio: 830.