Cust, Nomar power A's past Angels
Right fielder knocks solo homer; third baseman doubles
ATHLETICS 8, ANGELS 1
at Tempe, Ariz.
Sunday, March 15
Angels at the plate: Mike Napoli crunched his first homer of the spring, a drive to left-center on a 3-0 pitch from Russ Springer. Kendry Morales cracked a double and a pair of singles, raising his Cactus League average to .412.
Athletics at the plate: In his spring debut, leading off and playing third, Nomar Garciaparra lined the third pitch he saw to right-center for a single. Orlando Cabrera, playing his first game in the field at shortstop, followed with a full-count, line-drive single to left. Garciaparra scored on Ryan Sweeney's RBI single, and Cabrera scored on Mark Ellis' sacrifice fly. Garciaparra made it 2-for-2 when he lashed a first-pitch double to left in the second inning and finished 2-for-3. Jack Cust hit a solo homer, his second long ball of the spring, in the fifth inning. Daric Barton delivered an RBI double, then drove in two runs with a ninth-inning single.Angels on the mound: Jered Weaver yielded six hits and three earned runs in 2 1/3 innings, striking out three hitters and walking none. He was on a limited pitch count in his second start of the spring after lasting two-thirds of an inning in his debut. Justin Speier worked two innings, one perfect, one marred by Cust's solo homer. Speier allowed two hits and a walk, getting one strikeout. Will Smith, in his debut, worked a perfect sixth inning, striking out one man. Trevor Bell also pitched a perfect inning of relief. Athletics on the mound: Southpaw Brett Anderson was efficient and effective, getting 11 of 12 outs on ground balls while yielding three singles in four scoreless innings. Chris Schroder struck out two of the three hitters he faced in the sixth inning, after Springer yielded a solo homer while notching one strikeout in the fifth. Cactus League records: Angels 12-4; Athletics 10-6. Up next: The Athletics welcome the Dodgers to Phoenix Municipal Stadium on Monday at 1:05 p.m. PT. Trevor Cahill (1-0, 2.25 ERA in three appearances) is scheduled to face Jason Schmidt, who is on the comeback trail. Scheduled to follow Cahill are Michael Wuertz, Henry Rodriguez, Kevin Cameron and southpaw Jerry Blevins. Rodriguez, who can hit 100 mph on the radar gun, is making his second Cactus League appearance. He worked a scoreless inning in his debut despite walking two men.
Lyle Spencer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.