Ben Revere scored twice, stole a base and reached in all four of his plate appearances Wednesday in the Angels’ Cactus League win over the Mariners.
Revere provided two singles, a walk and (wait for it) a three-run homer in the second inning. You heard us right. Ben Revere, he of six career homers, hit a ball to Souvenir City. Revere has been impossibly hot this spring, hitting .421 with six RBI and four thefts. He’s expected to platoon in left field with Cameron Maybin this year.
Yusmeiro Petit came to play Wednesday in the Angels’ Cactus League win over the Mariners, allowing just one hit over 3 2/3 scoreless innings.
He racked up 4 Ks and didn’t walk anyone. Petit retired the first seven batters he faced before finally letting up a double to Mike Freeman. After that, he retired three in a row to end his outing. 28 of the right-hander’s 45 pitches went for strikes. Petit is slated for a long relief role this year, though it wouldn’t be surprising to see him land in the starting rotation at some point.
Charlie Blackmon bopped his third home run of the spring Wednesday in the Rockies’ Cactus League win over the Indians.
Blackmon’s two-run jack off Danny Salazar in the second was his only hit of the afternoon. He’s had a torrid spring, hitting .415 with nine RBI across 41 at-bats. Blackmon set career-highs in home runs (29), RBI (82) and batting average (.324) last season and has promised to steal more bases this year. In mixed leagues, he’s a consensus second-round pick.
Kyle Freeland was on the money Wednesday in the Rockies’ Cactus League win over the Indians, yielding just four hits and one run over five terrific innings.
He tacked on five strikeouts and one walk. The left-hander had a slight hiccup in the second inning but mostly held his own against one of the league’s better lineups. His strikeout victims included Lonnie Chisenhall, Edwin Encarnacion, Yan Gomes, Jose Ramirez and Carlos Santana. Through five outings (three starts), Freeland’s Cactus League ERA sits at a stellar 2.25. After showing what he can do against big-league hitters this spring, the 23-year-old shouldn’t be in the minors much longer.
Danny Salazar was out of sorts on Wednesday, allowing seven runs, eight hits and one walk over five innings in the Indians’ Cactus League loss to the Rockies.
He finished the afternoon with five strikeouts. The second inning was Salazar’s undoing. He began the frame with back-to-back strikeouts before allowing the next five men to reach. All of them scored including two on a home run by Charlie Blackmon. Salazar ran into a buzz-saw on Wednesday but has otherwise had a solid spring. Along with Corey Kluber and Carlos Carrasco, Salazar will be a key cog in one of the league’s best rotations.
Jimmy Nelson turned in a passable performance Wednesday in the Brewers’ Cactus League loss to the Giants, letting up two hits, three runs and one walk over 5 2/3 innings.
He also earned four strikeouts. Nelson pitched reasonably well but the bullpen let him down by coughing up a one-run lead in the seventh inning. He let his guard down by allowing a two-run homer to Denard Span in the third but recovered by setting down the next nine hitters he faced. Nelson is probably good enough to be in the Brewers’ rotation but doesn’t have the chops to be a major fantasy asset.
Denard Span crushed a two-run homer Wednesday in the Giants’ Cactus League win over the Brewers.
The two-run blast was his only hit of the afternoon. It was also Span’s first home run of the spring. The 33-year-old hasn’t brought his A game to Arizona, hitting just .189 with seven strikeouts in 37 Cactus League at-bats. Hopefully he’ll get going once the regular season starts.
Matt Cain took his lumps Wednesday in the Giants’ Cactus League win over the Brewers, surrendering seven hits, four runs and one walk over five sluggish frames.
He ended the day with four strikeouts. Cain barely made it out of the first inning, allowing hits to Keon Broxton, Ryan Braun, Domingo Santana and Jesus Aguilar before mercifully inducing a Jett Bandy popup for the final out of the frame. The Brewers didn't score again until the fourth inning, but it was still a shaky outing for the veteran right-hander. Cain’s career has been in steady decline for several years now and he should be on a short leash in 2017.