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Angels lose, 14-13, to Chicago Cubs

Mark Trumbo goes four for four with a home run and a double. Dan Haren puts forth an effortless three-inning effort in which he doesn't allow a ball to leave the infield.

March 07, 2011|By Kevin Baxter
  • Angels first baseman Mark Trumbo is congratulated by infielder Alberto Callaspo after hitting a home run against the Cubs on Monday.
Angels first baseman Mark Trumbo is congratulated by infielder Alberto… (Matt York / Associated Press )

Cubs 14, Angels 13

AT THE PLATE: Mark Trumbo had a huge game, going four for four with a mammoth home run and a double that might have traveled 440 feet had it not hit the batter's eye in dead center. Five other Angels had at least two hits, led by Alberto Callaspo (three for four) and Brandon Wood (two for five with a homer, double and three RBIs).

ON THE MOUND: Dan Haren looked ready for opening day in an effortless three-inning outing in which he did not allow a ball to leave the infield. Aramis Ramirez, who walked to start the second, was the only Cub to reach against Haren, who then struck out the side. But Chicago drilled Fernando Rodney, who followed Haren to the mound, scoring twice on five hits in one inning. In three appearances Rodney has faced 17 batters this spring and nine of them have reached base on seven hits and two walks.

EXTRA BASES: The Angels brought only three frontline pitchers with them to Mesa, Ariz., and the minor leaguers they used out of the bullpen did not take advantage of their opportunity to impress. Ysmael Carmona, Ryan Braun, Eric Junge and Ryan Brasier combined to give up 12 runs, 11 hits and six walks in less than four innings. The spring earned-run averages for Carmona and Braun are 40.50.

UP NEXT: Ervin Santana makes his second start of the spring against Eric Hurley and the Texas Rangers at noon PST Tuesday in Tempe, Ariz.

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