Spring Training Game Recap - 3/11/04


Posted Mar 11, 2004


With today's win the Angels advance their spring record to 6 - 2. Bartolo Colon returned to the form that got him his 51 million dollar payday this past off-season.

While the offensive propelled the Angels to victory. (with the assist of the shutout from the pitching staff.) The majority of the damaged was accomplished in the first inning with Darin Erstad hitting a solo home run and Jose Guillen hit a two run homerun. Also, Troy Glaus had a RBI sacrafice fly for the fourth run of the first inning. The Angels scored another run during the bottom of the sixth inning when Brian Specht drove in Jeff DaVanon on a fielder's choice groundout. That was how the Angels concluded their scoring for the day.

The Angels pitching staff got the type of start from Bartolo Colon they expected when he was signed to his free agent contract. In a complete reversal from his first start of the spring, when in just 2/3 of an inning he had already thrown a whopping 40 pitches, Colon pitched 3 2/3 innings of 1 hit ball, while striking out 2 and walking 1.

He was followed by Ben Weber who pitched 1 and 1/3 innings and posted goose eggs across his stat board. Then came Francisco Rodriguez who pitched an inning and he struckout one and allowed one hit and one walk in his lone inning of work. He was followed by Bobby Jenks who finished off the game and the shutout with 3 innings while allowing 2 hits and 2 walks while striking out 3 batters. Quite an impressive performance from one of the Angels top 5 prospects. If Jenks keeps pitching like he did today, he should arrive in Anaheim sometime this year.

Today's game allowed many Angels to flashback to the horror filled years when the stars got hurt before the season started. Guerrero and Glaus left the game early for what is believed to be nothing more than nagging injuries. Glaus sprained his ankle and his listed day to day and Guerrero was hit with a pitch and left with a right bruised forearm. Both are expected to be OK and return to play within the next game or two depending on how the injury reacts to rest.



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