Brad Mills, Alexi Amarista Combine to Beat the San Francisco Giants

Mar 20, 2012; Surprise, AZ, USA; Los Angeles Angels second baseman Alexi Amarista (19) runs in on a ground ball during the sixth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Surprise Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-US PRESSWIRE

Brad Mills went six strong against the first-line of the SF Giants giving up just two runs on four hits, with a pair of walks and strike outs. I honestly don't know much about Brad Mills but he looked impressive at times, then again, our defense can make a lot of pitches look impressive. What I do know about him is that he's not Jeff Mathis, and sometimes damn it, that's enough.

Game was 2-2 for a while until our mighty-mighty Alexi Amarista belted a huge 3-run triple in the top of the ninth. Stay tuned for more of that kid, he's mashin' from the left side of the plate and is now batting .349 this spring with 13 RBI's and a .992 OPS. Nothing cheap about that power.

The always swift Peter Bourjos went 2-2 with two runs scored and also made a couple of great plays in the outfield that saved some big runs that helped win the game for us.. Pete is now batting .318 this spring while providing unparalleled speed and defense in the outfield. These factors should cement him in our starting day lineup without a doubt. If Peter is not directly scoring runs, he is always ready to prevent them with the kind of ground he covers, a center field anchor many teams would be impressed to have.

Albert Pujols went 2-3 but quickly the fading Wells and permanently faded Bobby Abreu were unable to do more than make SF pitching look better than it is, both going for a combined 0-6.

Radical side-note I just noticed: The Giants pitching staff, including Tim Lincecum, only struck out two people today. Those two people happen to both be our non-swinging pitcher Mills. Lincecum has a crazy K-rate so even though it's spring, I thought this was rad and worth noting.

When does the Angels season start Halo faithful?! I think we're all ready.

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