Mike Trout launches three-run homer in Angels’ 5-4 victory over White Sox
Angels 5, Chicago White Sox 4 (SS)
Seattle 8, Angels 7
AT THE PLATE: Mike Trout hit a line drive into the berm beyond the left-field fence for a three-run homer off White Sox starter Carlos Rodon in the first inning. It was his third spring home run. He has batted .293 (12 for 41) with 11 RBIs, four doubles, one triple and four walks in Cactus League play. … Left fielder Justin Upton drew two walks in three plate appearances and right fielder Kole Calhoun went two for three with a double. … The Angels tallied eight hits and drew seven walks. ... Against the Mariners, two-way minor leaguer Jared Walsh hit a pair of home runs as the team’s designated hitter. Zack Cozart, who returned to action this week after spending some time nursing a left calf strain, went 2 for 3 with a solo homer. The veteran infielder has reached base in all three games he’s played since his two-week hiatus. … The Angels teams combined for 19 hits and seven walks, the latter of which were drawn in the day game.
ON THE MOUND: Opening day starter Trevor Cahill labored, throwing 91 pitches and issuing three walks in 4 1/3 innings against the White Sox. He often got ahead in counts but struggled to put the hitters away. He surrendered only one run. He also struck out four batters. “We mixed everything up pretty good, behind in the count, ahead in the count, even backwards a little bit,” Cahill said. ... Dillon Peters, a left-handed starter who might see time in the Angels rotation during the regular season, was charged with five runs (three earned) in a start against the Mariners that lasted 4 2/3 innings.
EXTRA BASES: “Obviously, we’ve still got three more games,” Trout said. “But it’s there. Just trying to fine-tune things. Some swings feel good. Some kind of are just in-between. I think we as a team, and me personally, feel good.” … Felix Pena and Jaime Barria are the only starters expected to be on the Angels’ opening day roster who will start against the Dodgers in the Freeway Series. Left-hander Tyler Skaggs will stay back in Arizona to pitch in a minor league game Monday. Right-hander Matt Harvey will pitcher in a minor league game Saturday at Tempe Diablo Stadium.
UP NEXT: The Angels close their Arizona schedule against the San Diego Padres at Peoria Sports Complex on Saturday at 1 p.m. TV: Fox Sports West. Radio: 830.
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