It took Albert Pujols 14 Cactus League games, but he is finally starting to get into the swing of things. The first baseman homered for the first time in the Los Angeles Angels 3-2 win over the Kansas City Royals in Surprise, Ariz. Thursday.
Pujols initiated the scoring with a solo shot to center field off of Royals starter Bruce Chen. After beginning the spring with an 0-8 slump, “The Machine” has shown significant improvement over the last two games, scoring three runs on three hits while raising his batting average to .297.
Mike Trout’s sixth-inning two-run home run proved to be all the Angels would need. Erick Aybar led off the inning with a single up the middle, setting up Trout for his fourth spring training home run. The center fielder also had a double to go along with his 2 RBIs.
Angels ace Jered Weaver pitched 5 1/3 innings of three-hit ball against a majority of the Royals Opening Day lineup. He kept mistakes to a minimum, striking out five while allowing only one walk. While it’s Weaver’s third spring victory, it’s the first where his command and control were overpowering. The two runs he did allow were scattered between the first and sixth inning, the latter coming on a Jason Donald home run.
The team’s head to Tempe Diablo Stadium tomorrow as left hander C.J. Wilson looks for his first victory. Game time is 1:05 p.m. and it can be seen on Fox Sports West.