Mickey Moniak hits 2 home runs, including a grand slam, as Angels outlast Rockies
THE GAME: Mickey Moniak homered twice, including a grand slam, in the Angels’ 10-9 win over the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday afternoon in Scottsdale, Ariz.
LAUNCH REPORT: Southpaw Reid Detmers didn’t allow a run in four innings, but then allowed three runs (two earned) on a pair of home runs in the fifth inning. He was retired after 4-1/3 and 87 pitches. Detmers allowed five earned runs in 17-1/3 innings this spring, with 23 strikeouts and five walks. … Right-hander Jacob Webb went 1-2/3 scoreless innings. He hasn’t allowed a run in eight innings, with 10 strikeouts and three walks. An unlisted guest, Webb is battling for the last spot in the bullpen. … Left-hander José Quijada faced just eight batters and allowed six hits, all leading to runs. Four of the shots had exit speeds of over 100 mph. Quijada pitched his first game since losing to Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic quarterfinal against Team USA.
HIT REPORT: Moniak and Jared Walsh hit back-to-back homers in the second, then Moniak punted in the sixth, his third homer of the spring. Moniak is 18 for 44 (.409) with an OPS of 1.185 this spring. The Angels don’t have room for him to start ahead of Taylor Ward, Mike Trout and Hunter Renfroe, so they could always decide that he and the organization are both better off if Moniak plays every day in Triple-A, instead of sitting still. on the bench in the majors. “That wouldn’t be ideal,” Moniak said. “But it’s out of my control. I don’t get paid to make these decisions. I get paid to go out and play baseball. … Walsh, who also had an RBI single, is 14 of 35 (.400) this spring, including 11 of 22 with two homers in his last eight games. … Anthony Rendon doubled and singled, improving to 14 for 30 (.467) with a 1,329 OPS this spring. … Luis Rengifo hit his third homer of the spring. Rengifo, who missed much of the spring while playing for Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic, has just 28 plate appearances with the Angels so far.
DEFENSE REPORT: Rendon, who was playing wide from the third base line, went to his right to line up a groundout, but had no play early on. Rendon also made a throw into the dirt that first baseman Jake Lamb couldn’t pick out in the fifth inning. … Lamb did an over the shoulder catch of a pop-up in shallow right field.
FOLLOWING: Angels vs. Padres, Friday, 1 p.m. PT, Tempe Diablo Stadium, Bally Sports West, 8:30 a.m.
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