THE GAME: The Angels won for the second time in two Cactus League games, beating the Oakland A’s, 5-3, on Sunday at Hohokam Park in Mesa. The Angels snapped a 2-2 tie with three runs in the seventh.
PITCHING REPORT: RH Bud Norris, one of the leading candidates for the Angels’ fifth-starter spot, needed 40 pitches to face seven batters, and he recorded only five outs. Mark Canha battled him through a long plate appearance before drawing a walk. Manager Mike Scioscia said Norris was good, but “just ran out of pitches.” Norris did not give up a run. Norris said he’s still trying to get comfortable with a new delivery. He starts with his right foot planted now, instead of rocking into a windup. “It’s going to take a while to get it all going,” Norris said… RH Keynan Middleton pitched a perfect inning in his Cactus League debut, getting three soft outs, his fastball in the mid 90s. He threw his second pitch to the backstop, but then “settled in and got the ball in the zone,” Scioscia said. “His stuff plays, no doubt about it.”
HITTING REPORT: OF Ben Revere doubled down the right-field line to drive in the Angels’ first run of the game. Revere had driven in one of the Angels two runs on Saturday, too… OF Ryan LaMarre snapped a tie with a two-run single in the seventh inning… 1B Matt Thaiss drew a walk in his first trip. In his next trip, he tossed the bat away to take first as he was being called out on strikes.
DEFENSE REPORT: C Martin Maldonado, who the Angels acquired largely because of his defense, threw out a runner trying to steal second… SS Nolan Fontana made an errant throw and dropped a relay from the outfield.
ALSO: RHP Justin Miller narrowly avoided being hit by a comebacker. The ball went through his legs and SS Matt Williams made the play… RHP Blake Parker slightly tweaked his ankle on the follow-through of his final pitch, but then he was still able to run his sprints. “Maybe they did a quick ankle…