Okay it is Friday, but let’s go back and start with the bombs that landed at Camelback Ranch on Wednesday.
When the Angels bus arrived in Glendale from its trip from Tempe, Phat Albert was indeed on board. He didn’t get a chance to swing the bat on his first trip to the plate because he was hit by the White Sox Chris Sale. But in the third inning with two runners on, Pujols launched a bomb that landed over the umbrellas on the patio behind the left field bullpen – roughly a 400 foot shot from home plate.
In the fifth inning after Howard Kendrick had hit a two run homer off the White Sox second hurler, Pujols hit his second home run, one that easily cleared the fence just left of dead center field some 410 feet from the plate. Yes well hit balls will fly in the warm Arizona sun, but those were two massive spring training shots.
For the White Sox, super utility player Brent Lillibridge who played left field on Wednesday was 3-4 with a double and two singles while Adam Dunn who had walked and lined out to second in the second and fourth innings, hit a missile onto the berm behind the right field bullpen in the sixth. I am not sure that Dunn will not hurt his fantasy teams in batting average (obviously worth more in OBP leagues) but it looks like the power has returned.
On Friday the Pale Hose traveled to Scottsdale to play the Arizona Diamondback at Salt River Fields.
DBacks starter Daniel Hudson had three 1-2-3 innings but gave up two runs in the second. Hudson struck out six in his four innings. The Diamondbacks got the winning runs of White Sox starter John Danks on a two run triple to left field by Paul Goldschmidt.
Pitching on both sides was good with seventeen strikeouts in the 2:28 hour game under perfect sunny Arizona skies. Arizona pitching prospect Charles Brewer was excellent giving up only one hit while striking out four in his two scoreless innings of relief. Brad Ziegler got his first save of the spring with a 1-2-3 ninth.