The second leg of my trip to Arizona began on Monday with spring training games. We headed to Goodyear to check out Cleveland play the LA Angels.
The home to both the Indians and Reds is a nice ballpark. It wasn’t close to a sellout crowd and many left after the starters exited (which happens all throughout spring training). There were quite a few fans disappointed that Mike Trout and Albert Pujols did not make the trip for the Angels.
Jered Weaver started for the Angels and looked good, as did the comeback kid for the Indians, Scott Kazmir. Both pitched four shutout innings. Kazmir was followed by Joe Smith, who pitched one scoreless inning. Then came Daisuke Matsuzaka, who looked good in his first inning of work. However, when he went out for his second inning of work (he was supposed to pitch four innings), he got hurt and left the game. So in came minor leaguer Matt Langwell. That is when the game slowed its pace, mainly because Langwell had all the time he needed to warm up. Preston Guilmet finished off the Angels in the ninth.
Jerome Williams followed Weaver with five scoreless innings of relief.
The game finished with a 0-0 tie. The Angels only had a runner reach third base once and second base twice. On the other hand, the Indians had multiple base runners in every inning but the fifth and sixth.
Michael Bourn was the only Indian with two hits. Chris Iannetta was the only Angel with two hits, as both teams played their starting nine (well, just about).
After the game, we ate in Scottsdale at the Old Town Tortilla Factory. Dinner was SO good once again. And the strawberry margarita was just as good.
Tomorrow, we will head back into Phoenix to see Oakland host the KC Royals. James Shields is expected to pitch for the Royals against the A’s Tommy Milone (who is expected to throw 60 pitches). We drove by Phoenix Municipal Stadium the other day and I can see why the A’s want to move. After the game, we’ll head to the Desert Botanical Garden.
*I got a bunch of Indians autographs (it helps to know who some of the lesser known players are) as a good amount of them signed. The Angels on the other hand, did not. Many were complaining as only Josh Hamilton walked over to the fans to sign some autographs prior to the National Anthem. It was weird today to only have one National Anthem played, as most of the World Baseball Classic games had three.