PALM SPRINGS — "I wanted some good things to happen, and they didn't happen," Manager Gene Mauch said Saturday after the Angels lost to the San Francisco Giants, 11-5.
Mauch added: "This is the first time this spring that I've not had a good feeling leaving the park."
What Mauch had wanted was for two of his touted young pitchers to continue their effective work--for their own confidence and, perhaps, to keep them in contention for the varsity's 10-man staff.
Instead, starter Rafael Lugo, 12-8 at Double-A Waterbury last year, was tagged for five hits and five runs in two-thirds of an inning, and Bob Kipper, 18-8 at Class-A Redwood, experienced his first off effort, allowing four hits and two runs (one earned) in 3 innings.
Right-hander Lugo was tagged for home runs by Dan Gladden and Phil Ouellette. Left-hander Kipper allowed a home run by Rob Deer. It isn't certain what impact the Kipper and Lugo performances will have on the Angels' final cuts.
The camp roster still includes 15 pitchers. Included are:
--Frank LaCorte, who seems certain to open the season on the disabled list because of an ailing shoulder. X-rays Thursday showed that LaCorte has a calcium deposit. He had an arthrogram Friday.
--Ken Forsch, who seems to have overcome the dislocated shoulder of last year but has pitched only four innings because of elbow strain.
Forsch tested the elbow again Saturday, throwing "all out" for 15 minutes. He said there was still a slight twinge but that it had improved significantly. He said he is hopeful of pitching Tuesday, provided there is no reaction today to Saturday's test.
The Angels collected 10 hits, including seven off Vida Blue, who worked four innings and allowed five runs.
Darrell Miller, whose brother, Reggie, was named Most Valuable Player of the National Invitation Tournament won by UCLA, slugged a two-run homer off Blue. Doug DeCinces hit a solo homer. DeCinces also doubled and singled.
Shortstop Rick Burleson, whose rehabilitation from a pair of rotator-cuff tears was sidetracked when he dislocated his shoulder lifting weights Dec. 31, made his first camp visit.
Burleson has been undergoing therapy at his La Habra Heights home for nerve damage caused by the dislocation. He said he still has numbness in his fingers and cannot grip a baseball to begin throwing again.