Angels manage only two hits in 4-0 loss to Giants
After racking up a combined 19 runs in Cactus League wins over San Diego and Arizona on Tuesday and Wednesday, an Angels lineup that had one projected starter, center fielder Peter Bourjos, managed only two hits in a 4-0 exhibition loss to the San Francisco Giants at Scottsdale Stadium on Thursday night.
Left-hander Jonathan Sanchez threw six scoreless innings, giving up one single to Chris Pettit, striking out five and walking one for the defending World Series-champion Giants.
Pablo Sandoval and Pat Burrell highlighted a three-run fourth inning with RBI doubles off Angels starter Dan Haren, and Miguel Tejada added an RBI single.
Haren went five innings, giving up three runs and four hits, striking out five and walking none. The right-hander threw 73 pitches.
Closer Fernando Rodney, pitching to the heart of the Giants order, allowed a single and a walk in a scoreless sixth, which Bourjos ended by ranging far into the right-center field gap to catch Burrell's drive to the warning track with two on.
"Any ball that stays within the foul lines is Peter's ball," Manager Mike Scioscia said, marveling at the speedy Bourjos' range. "He went a long way for that one."
Kevin Jepsen struck out two of three in a one-two-three seventh, and Jordan Walden allowed a run in the eighth, an inning in which the rookie right-hander struck out one and induced a double-play grounder.
"Rodney had a little trouble getting behind in some counts, but he made some good pitches," Scioscia said. "I thought Jepsen and Walden threw the ball well. Their stuff was electric."
Minor leaguer Dylan Baird had the Angels' only other hit, a single in the eighth.
--Mike DiGiovanna, reporting from Scottsdale, Ariz.
Photo: Angels starter Dan Haren delivers a pitch against San Francisco in the second inning Thursday night. Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn / US Presswire