Trout, Calhoun Go Deep as Angels Win Freeway Series

By Jose Serrano

Mike Trout could do no wrong Saturday. Hours after the Los Angeles Angels’ center fielder held a press conference confirming his new six-year, $144.5 million contract, Trout went 2-4 at the plate in the Angels’ 6-2 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Angels pressed Dodgers starter Dan Haren for six runs in less than two innings, all earned. Albert Pujols and David Freese each hit RBI doubles in the first, giving the Halos an early lead. Kole Calhoun broke the game open in the second with a three-run homer that scored Howie Kendrick and Erick Aybar.

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Trout followed Calhoun’s home run with a solo shot of his own. It was the 22-year-old’s sixth homer of the spring and raised his batting average to .414.

Angels starter Tyler Skaggs earned the victory, despite giving up two runs in only 3 2/3 innings. He coasted through the first two before allowing longtime Angel Chone Figgins a double that scored Tim Federowicz and Drew Butera. The projected No. 5 starter has shown a vast improvement over his last two outings, allowing only two runs while striking out eight batters. He completes the spring with a 3-1 record and 4.94 ERA.

It was the Angels’ last exhibition game before opening the regular season against the Seattle Mariners Monday. Cactus League stats may not be much but they have shown a vast improvement over last March when they won only 10 games.

Next up, Jered Weaver battles Mariners’ ace Felix Hernandez on Opening Day. Game time is 7:05 p.m. and it can be seen on Fox Sport West and ESPN2.