Wilson battles through early rough spot vs. D-backs

Wilson battles through early rough spot vs. D-backs

TEMPE, Ariz. -- C.J. Wilson pitched through a nightmarish second inning and Mark Trumbo went 1-for-3 in his first game against his former team as the D-backs beat the Angels, 7-2, at Tempe Diablo Stadium on Friday.

The D-backs sent 10 batters to the plate in the top of the second inning. Seven of them reached based and five of them scored, but only two -- Trumbo and A.J. Pollock -- actually hit the ball hard against Wilson. There was a walk, an infield single, errors by shortstop Erick Aybar and third baseman Kyle Kubitza and a fly ball that fell between Efren Navarro and Josh Rutledge in shallow right field.

Wilson called it "Twilight Zone, full moon, Friday the 13th-like bounces" in that 30-pitch second inning. The 34-year-old left-hander finished his third Cactus League start having given up five runs (one earned) on nine hits and two walks in 4 1/3 innings, putting his spring ERA at 2.31.

Archie Bradley, the top D-backs prospect who's coming off a rough year in the Minor Leagues, pitched five innings of one-run ball against an Angels lineup that featured four regulars, including Mike Trout and Albert Pujols. The 22-year-old right-hander is on the outside looking in for a rotation spot, but he has a 2.20 ERA in 16 1/3 innings this spring.

Nick Evans went 4-for-5 with two doubles while Yasmany Tomas, who started at third base, went 2-for-3. Trumbo, traded from the Angels to the D-backs in December 2013, flied out to deep right-center field in his first at-bat against his former team, then hit a line-drive double to left field in the second and flied out to deep left field in the sixth.

The Angels scored in the first, when Trout singled up the middle, moved to second after Pujols was hit by a pitch and scored on Efren Navarro's opposite-field single. Angels setup man Joe Smith gave up two runs in the seventh, on a single by Jordan Pacheco and a triple by Nick Buss.

Roberto Baldoquin, a 20-year-old Cuban defector signed by the Angels in November, hit a no-doubt homer in the eighth inning in his first at-bat with the club. Baldoquin had been training in the Minor League complex, but was summoned to the Major League side for pinch-hit at-bat and made the most of it.

"We've worked him out; he's got a nice approach to the ball, has a real easy, fluid swing," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "That ball jumped out of his bat."

The D-backs had a split squad, with the other half of their team beating the Indians, 3-2, at Salt River Fields.

Up next for the Angels: Matt Shoemaker takes the ball when the Angels host the Dodgers at Tempe Diablo Stadium at 1:10 p.m. PT on Saturday. Shoemaker is coming off his most impressive outing of the spring, giving up just two hits and a walk in six shutout innings against the Mariners on Monday. David Freese (hyperextended left elbow) and Kole Calhoun (right triceps contusion) could both return to the lineup. The 1:10 p.m. PT matchup will be available live on MLB.TV and FOX Sports West.

Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.