Spring training roundup: Angels walk off Rockies

By Thomson Reuters Mar 8, 2024 | 10:27 PM

Samuel Brown bounced a walk-off single to right field to push the Los Angeles Angels past the visiting Colorado Rockies 8-7 in a back-and-forth spring training game Friday in Tempe, Ariz.

Brown’s hit off Jake Bird (1-1) barely stayed fair, scoring Jordyn Adams from third to end the game and make a winner out of Hunter Strickland (1-0). Strickland tossed a spotless top of the ninth with one strikeout for the Angels.

The Rockies built leads of 3-0 and 4-1 before the Angels used a six-run fifth inning to jump ahead. After Taylor Ward hit a two-run double, Brandon Drury singled Ward home and Logan O’Hoppe walked.

Miguel Sano then crushed a three-run homer off Victor Vodnik.

Colorado rallied as Alan Trejo homered, Elehuris Montero drove in a run on a groundout and Hunter Goodman scored on a wild pitch.

Brenton Doyle had a two-run, second-inning single that gave the Rockies a 3-0 lead.

Phillies 6, Astros 3

Bryson Stott went 2-for-3 with a home run and four RBIs, J.T. Realmuto batted 3-for-3 and host Philadelphia defeated Houston in Clearwater, Fla.

Stott drove in a run on a first-inning groundout, bashed a two-run homer in the third and tacked on an RBI single in the sixth. Realmuto and David Dahl (double) added RBIs for the Phillies. Starter Ranger Suarez (1-0) struck out five over 3 1/3 scoreless innings with two hits.

Corey Julks hit a solo shot for the Astros. Spencer Arrighetti (0-1) got the start and gave up five runs (four earned) on five hits in three innings.

Pirates 6, Twins 3

Matt Frazier’s go-ahead RBI double sparked a three-run eighth inning and helped Pittsburgh beat visiting Minnesota in Bradenton, Fla.

Ke’Bryan Hayes and Andrew McCutchen had early solo home runs for the Pirates. Hayes and Jake Lamb each finished with two hits. Reliever Chase Anderson (1-0) threw two scoreless, hitless innings around Pittsburgh’s eighth-inning outburst.

Trevor Larnach hit a solo shot and an RBI single for the Twins. Cole Sands (1-1) yielded Pittsburgh’s three runs in the eighth on four hits and a walk.

Pirates 6, Braves 6

Luis Liberato bashed a three-run home run to center in the seventh inning for host Atlanta to tie Pittsburgh’s split squad in North Port, Fla.

The Pirates had gone up 6-3 with a pair of runs in the fifth before Liberato hit his first homer of spring training off Pittsburgh’s Colin Selby. Braves starter Max Fried was dinged for four runs on five hits and two walks with two strikeouts in three innings.

Billy McKinney had a two-run double and an RBI single for the Pirates, while Canaan Smith-Njigba homered and added an RBI sacrifice fly.

Blue Jays 2, Yankees 1

Nathan Lukes’ two-run triple pushed Toronto past visiting New York in Dunedin, Fla.

The Blue Jays needed only three hits to beat the Yankees after Toronto starter Chris Bassitt held them to one run on four hits in 4 1/3 innings with four strikeouts. Yimi Garcia (2-0) threw a scoreless sixth with two strikeouts.

DJ LeMahieu had an RBI double in the third for the Yankees. Marcus Stroman tossed four scoreless, hitless innings with two strikeouts before Yerry De Los Santos (0-2) blew the save.

Guardians 2, White Sox 1

Jose Ramirez hit a solo bomb to right to provide the eventual winning run as host Cleveland beat Chicago in Goodyear, Ariz.

With Bo Naylor’s RBI single off Erick Fedde (0-1) giving the Guardians a one-run lead, Ramirez’s homer in the fourth inning was crucial after the White Sox scored their only run on Braden Shewmake’s sac fly in the seventh.

Guardians starter Tanner Bibee (1-0) didn’t allow a hit over three innings, fanning three and walking two.

Royals 4, Rangers 2

Michael Massey struck a two-run homer and Salvador Perez hit an RBI double to lift Kansas City over Texas in Surprise, Ariz.

Tyler Tolbert’s sacrifice fly in the top of the ninth gave the Royals an insurance run. Starter Seth Lugo (2-0) was perfect through three innings with two strikeouts.

Once the Royals’ bullpen came in, Wyatt Langford hit his fourth homer of the spring in the fourth inning and Jared Walsh added his second of the spring in the seventh for the Rangers. Jack Leiter (0-1) yielded two runs on two hits and two walks over three innings in his start.

Cubs 9, Mariners 5

Matthew Shaw followed an RBI triple in the second inning with a two-run homer in the ninth as host Chicago toppled Seattle in Mesa, Ariz.

Garrett Cooper and Dominic Smith also homered for the Cubs. Cooper’s was a three-run shot to provide Shota Imanaga (1-1) enough run support for his first win of spring. The new signing from Japan gave up two runs on four hits and two walks over three innings, fanning five.

Luis Urias had a solo shot before Cal Raleigh hit a three-run homer for the Mariners. Starter Emerson Hancock (0-1) was tagged for six runs on five hits with one walk and three strikeouts over 1 2/3 frames.

Diamondbacks 7, Cubs 5

Joc Pederson bashed a two-run home run and supplied an RBI single to push host Arizona past Chicago’s split squad in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Diamondbacks starter Merrill Kelly (1-0) threw two perfect innings and struck out three. Arizona outhit the Cubs 11-5, including two hits and an RBI from Eugenio Suarez.

Chicago fell behind 7-1 before Darius Hill capped a futile comeback effort with a solo shot in the ninth. Mike Tauchman also homered, and starter Kyle Hendricks (0-1) gave up three runs on five hits and a walk over 3 1/3 innings, fanning two.

Brewers 7, Athletics 4

Rhys Hoskins hit a grand slam to carry host Milwaukee past Oakland in Phoenix.

Hoskins made it five RBIs when he doubled home a run in the fifth for the Brewers. Reliever Thyago Vieira (1-0) struck out two in the third inning to get the win.

The Athletics fell despite out-hitting the Brewers 13-8. JJ Bleday went 3-for-4 with two runs and Shea Langeliers hit a two-run homer for the A’s. Starter Ross Stripling (0-1) yielded six runs (five earned) on five hits and two walks over 3 2/3 innings.

Orioles 4, Tigers 3

Grayson Rodriguez threw 3 1/3 innings of one-run ball to lead host Baltimore past Detroit in Sarasota, Fla.

Rodriguez (1-0) gave up six hits and two walks while striking out one. Heston Kjerstad collected two of the Orioles’ eight hits.

Catchers Jake Rogers and Dillon Dingler hit solo homers for the Tigers.

Mets 3, Marlins 1

Luis Severino tossed three shutout innings as visiting New York defeated Miami in Jupiter, Fla.

Severino (1-0) fanned four, gave up three hits and did not walk a batter. The Mets received solo homers from Pete Alonso and Francisco Alvarez.

Luis Arraez went 3-for-3 with an RBI single for the Marlins.

Cardinals 7, Nationals 6

Nolan Gorman hit a two-run homer and drew a bases-loaded walk, propelling St. Louis to a win over host Washington in West Palm Beach, Fla.

Victor Scott II and Thomas Saggese each had two hits for the Cardinals.

Nick Senzel hit a three-run double and Juan Yepez contributed a solo home run for the Nationals.

Giants-Padres, canceled

The scheduled game between San Francisco and host San Diego in Peoria, Ariz., was canceled due to inclement weather.

Reds-Dodgers, canceled

The scheduled game between Cincinnati and host Los Angeles in Phoenix was canceled due to inclement weather.

–Field Level Media