A matchup between the Reds and Angels proved to be more tedious than the starting lineups promised Tuesday afternoon at Tempe Diablo Stadium as Los Angeles came from behind, fueled by a Peter Bourjos triple, to win their second spring contest, 6-3.
With starting lineups that boasted a pair of Hamiltons in Billy Hamilton and Josh Hamilton, Shin-Soo Choo, Jay Bruce, Joey Votto, Devin Mesoraco, Mike Trout, and the spring debut of Albert Pujols, the game was decided in the seventh after all the above were back in the locker room.
Cincy starting pitcher Mike Leake allowed three hits over his three inning stint, but was helped by some sloppy baserunning that included Trout being caught going to second, and worse, Howie Kendrick being picked off second by Mesoraco after slugging a double.
On the Angels side, Tommy Hanson started, allowing three hits over two innings, including a serious jack by Jay Bruce. Though that was the only run Hanson allowed, it was lucky, as his fastball had no pop with four of his recorded outs being hard hit balls to various spots on the field.
Bruce also smashed a big fly off Scott Downs in the fourth, giving him his first two homers of the spring. That second shot was, in simple English, crushed.
Pujols looked out of sorts, going 0-for-3 with two ground outs to short and a whiff, while Trout singled, walked, and made a fine catch crashing into the wall and robbing Choo in the third.
The loss went to hapless Josh Ravin, who is now 0-3, 40.50 this spring, suggesting his chances to make the roster are indeed "nevermore."