Freeway Series: Angels 6, Dodgers 0

Albert Pujols

Angels first baseman Albert Pujols, right, is congratulated by teammates after hitting a grand slam against the Dodgers in the fifth inning Friday nigt in Anaheim.

(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

AT THE PLATE: One pitch after being brushed back by Pedro Baez’s high-and-tight, 96-mph fastball in the fifth inning, Angels slugger Albert Pujols lined a grand slam over the left-center-field wall, his fifth homer of the spring. The Angels loaded the bases in front of Pujols on singles by Johnny Giavotella and Kole Calhoun and a Mike Trout walk. David Freese drove a two-run homer to left field off Dodgers starter Brandon McCarthy in the second and singled off reliever Juan Nicasio in the fourth. Scott Van Slyke had the only Dodgers hits, singles off reliever Fernando Salas in the seventh and Huston Street in the ninth.

ON THE MOUND: Andrew Heaney survived a rocky first in which he hit a batter and walked two to throw 5 1/3 hitless innings with three strikeouts, his best start of a shaky spring. Heaney will open the season in triple A, but with a good start at Salt Lake next week, the left-hander would position himself for a possible call-up to pitch in Texas on April 14, the day the Angels would need a fifth starter for the first time. Angels setup man Joe Smith, who gave up homers in his last two Arizona outings, retired the side in order with two strikeouts in the eighth, and Street struck out two of four batters in a scoreless ninth.

EXTRA BASES: The Angels optioned Heaney, infielder Josh Rutledge, utility man Grant Green and third baseman Kyle Kubitza to Salt Lake after the game, ensuring that Rule 5 pick Taylor Featherston, who has not played above double A, has won the utility infield job. ... Van Slyke made a nice diving catch of Erick Aybar’s flare to shallow left field in the second, and Joc Pederson raced to the wall in center for Pujols’ long drive in the third. … After making two strong defensive plays at second base Thursday night, Giavotella looked a little shaky in the field Friday, throwing low to Heaney covering first on Pederson’s second-inning grounder for an error and bobbling Adrian Gonzalez’s third-inning grounder before throwing to first for the out.

UP NEXT: Angels vs. Dodgers on Saturday at Dodger Stadium at 6 p.m. On the air: TV: Channel 13, SNLA. Radio: 830, 570.


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