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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Angels Take Advantage Of Miscue To End Reds Streak

It was not Amir Garrett’s best day but Mike Trout had something to do with it. As the Angels beat the Reds 9-0 to end the Reds winning streak at five.

Garrett one of the best athletes in camp, who won a dunking contest on a move that Blake Griffin couldn’t execute, muffed a squibber to the mound and threw it away, leading to five unearned runs that doomed the Reds to a 7-0 loss. It’s first loss in six games.

“It sucked on my part. It had a weird spin to it. I dropped it and said dang. Then I threw it away and thought oh man that sucks,” Garrett said.  “I actually felt good. I threw some good fastballs that were coming out of my hand.  But they put some better swings on them. It sucks to see those runs whether earned or unearned. We’ll work another four days and get back out there.”

The good swings were by Cole Calhoun, who doubled.  Mike Trout, who is known for his good swings, hit a single and a triple. Ben Revere had one of his three hits in the inning.  It was a squibber that C.J. Cron hit back to Garrett that created the five-run mess.  Revere singled Cron to third and the Angels pulled off a double steal with Revere stealing second and Cron stealing home..

Garrett finished the second but not the third. Evan Mitchell bailed Garrett out.

“It wasn’t a great line score. The error on the comebacker was kind of the catalyst,” Bryan Price said.. “It wasn’t a great outing but he never stopped competing. He got after it. Those are the things we look at. Not every game is going to go the way we want. The way these guys handle themselves in the times things aren’t going their way. Is equally as important.”

On this day the Reds could muster only three hits, all singles off Ricky Nelasco and a parade of Angels relievers.  Ryan Raburn, Hernan Iribarren and Phillip Ervin hit the singles.

Mitchell and Drew Storen had scoreless outings.  Austin Brice who shook the effects of the flu, ran into trouble with fielding too.  He allowed Revere’s third hit of the game and a double by Carlos Perez.  Cliff Pennington hit a slow roller toe the thirdbase side of the mound.  Brice slipped and wound up on the seat of his pants with no play.  Yunel Escobar singled to score two run and another scored when Calhoun hit into a double play.

Wandy Peralta pitched two scoreless innings for the Reds.

Nolan Fontana hit a home run for the Angels off Lucas Luetge to cap the scoring.

Notes: Christian Walker struck out in his first at bat with the Reds....Stuart Turner threw out the Angels Ryan LaMarre, who tried to advance on a ball Turner blocked in the dirt....Arismendy Alcantara, who made three errors earlier this spring at shortstop, made a slick play on a short hop....Tony Renda had two highlight plays, turning a line drive into a double play and fielding a smash down the line...The Reds had just three singles in their first loss in six games..

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