ANAHEIM -- Albert Pujols hit a grand slam and Andrew Heaney made a statement on Friday night, when the Angels beat the Dodgers, 6-0, in the second of a three-game, exhibition Freeway Series at Angel Stadium.
Heaney, acquired from the Dodgers for Howie Kendrick on Dec. 11, minutes after the Dodgers acquired him from the Marlins, put together, by far, his most impressive start of a rough Spring Training. Against an elite Dodgers lineup, the 23-year-old left-hander pitched around three walks and a first-inning, bases-loaded jam to finish with 5 1/3 no-hit innings, dropping his spring ERA from 9.00 to 7.03.
Heaney was optioned to Triple-A after his start, as the Angels begin the season with a four-man rotation, but he showed signs that he may finally be putting it together.
"I want to show these guys what I can do, regardless if I'm on the team or not," Heaney said. "I'd love to make the team; that's everybody's goal. But for me, I know that if I can go out there and do what I did tonight and build on that, I'll be here eventually."
David Freese put the Angels on the board with a long two-run homer off Brandon McCarthy in the second and Pujols blew the game open with a line-drive grand slam to left-center field, one pitch after Pedro Baez brushed him back with a fastball.
McCarthy, who makes his regular-season debut Wednesday against the Padres, gave up two runs on two hits and no walks in three innings, finishing spring with a 6.62 ERA. The 31-year-old right-hander said he's glad "that it's done."
"I still don't feel completely as locked in as I'd like to be," McCarthy said, "but I know it's spring and it's different."
Scott Van Slyke got the Dodgers' first hit of the game in the seventh inning and the team's only other hit in the ninth.
Up next:Hector Santiago takes the ball for the Angels in the Freeway Series finale from Dodger Stadium on Saturday night. Santiago, who will make his regular-season debut in the Angels' home opener against the Royals next Friday, posted a 4.50 ERA in four Cactus League starts and pitched in a Minor League game five days ago. Game time is 6:10 p.m. PT and will air for free on MLB.TV and on Fox Sports West.