The Angels defeated the Colorado Rockies Tuesday afternoon with the final score of 11-0. The Angels improved to 7-7 in Cactus League play behind a stellar pitching performance by Drew Rucinski and big game from Mike Trout.
Drew Rucinski was called to make an emergency start today for C.J. Wilson, who was unable to start with an illness. Rucinski pitched with the Angels’ Double-A team last year, posting a 3.16 ERA in over 148 innings. Rucinski, who spent parts of three seasons in independent ball before being signed by the Angels in 2013, appeared in three games out of the bullpen for the Halos last year although he has been a starter for most of his pro career.
Against a Rockies lineup that will be comparable to their Opening Day lineup, Rucinski put on a show, throwing four no-hit innings. The righty struck out five Rockies, including all-stars Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez, and surrendered just one walk. Rucinski mowed down the first 12 batters he faced before walking Gonzalez to begin the fifth frame and allowed only TWO balls to leave the infield. Although he’s behind a few other Angels’ on the starting depth chart, Rucinski could be a valuable piece in case of injury later in the year.
On the offensive side, Mike Trout had a Mike Trout-esque day at the plate. After striking out and grounding out in his first two plate appearances, the reigning AL MVP hit big flies in his next two at bats, one to centerfield and the other to left-center. All said and done, Trout finished the game going 2-4 with two homeruns and six runs batted in. The ‘Millville Meteor’ is batting .545 with six extra base hits in 27 plate appearances this spring.
Other noteworthy performances:
Kole Calhoun went 3 for 4, all singles, and had three runs batted in from the leadoff spot. David Freese had two hits to the outfield wall, and both would’ve been doubles had Gonzales not gunned him down with a perfect throw from right field on the second hit. On the mound, Cam Bedrosian struck out three in two innings of work and allowed only one base runner.
Looking forward: The Angels have an off day tomorrow before taking on the Dodgers on Thursday at Camelback Ranch. Andrew Heaney is scheduled to start for the Halos.