Andrelton Simmons comes back strong in his first game in a week.
By David Rice
The LA Angels got some great news on Thursday afternoon. Gold Glove Shortstop Andrelton Simmons was ready to return to the field from a shoulder injury he suffered last Thursday against Oakland.
Andrelton Simmons wasted no time in putting the LA Angels fears to rest getting hits in first two at-bats on Thursday afternoon against the Colorado Rockies. Simmons was seeing his first action in a week after straining his left shoulder diving for a Marcus Siemen single. He finished the game going two-for-four with a run scored and an run batted in.
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The Angels bats came alive in the game swatting five home runs in the game to take home a 10-8 victory over Colorado. In dramatic fashion prospect Roberto Baldoquin hit a two-out three-run home run to left-center in the top of the ninth to give the Angels a 10-8 lead and they would hold on for the victory.
Mike Trout hit his second homer of the Spring in the third inning. In the fourth inning the Angels went back-to-back as Jefry Marte hit his first homer of the Spring and it was Martin Maldonado who followed with another homer to extend the Angels lead.
For good measure Zack Cozart hit his first homer in an Angel uniform in the fifth inning to pull the Angels within a run at 7-6 and they would tie the game in the next inning on a Trout triple that scored Martin Maldonado who had singled early in the sixth. But the Angels would again fall behind 8-7 a David Dahl home run in the bottom of the sixth.
It looked like the Angels were going to lose as they were down to their last out in the top of the ninth after Brandon Sanger and Jordan Zimmerman had struck out to start the inning. However, Jared Walsh singled and was followed by a Jose Rojas single to move Jonah Todd, who had pinch-ran for Walsh to third base. Then Baldoquin strode to the plate.
Baldoquin has been highly regarded in the Angels farm system, but so far has been a major disappointment. Baldoquin fell behind 1 and 2 before launch a three-run jack to left center that won the game for the Angels.
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For the game Trout went two-for-three with two RBI’s and a run scored. Cozart also went two for three with two runs scored and an RBI. Maldonado also went two for four with two runs scored and an RBI. Marte with his home run drove in his fourth and fifth run of the Spring and is currently hitting .529 in hopes of earning a roster spot.
On the mound Andrew Heaney struggled giving up five earned runs in 3.1 innings on eight hits. Keynan Middleton also gave up a run in 0.2 innings of work. Luke Bard gave up one run in two innings of work. Ian Krol pitched well in relief to get the victory and Greg Mahle had another strong outing pitching the final 0.2 innings for the Angels to pick up his first save of the Spring.
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All in all it was a good day for the Angels and they got a victory to boot.