Andrelton Simmons gets his first hit of the spring as Angels hold off Rockies 9-7

AT THE PLATE: Andrelton Simmons hit a sharp ground ball through the right side of the infield for his first hit of the spring. According to Statcast data, which is only available in the Cactus League at Salt River, Simmons’ single registered a velocity of 93.5 mph off the bat, a six-mph improvement over how hard he struck baseballs in 2018. … First base prospect Matt Thaiss collected his seventh and eighth RBI of the spring. He finished two-for-two and scored a run. “I don’t want to say anything because I don’t wanna jinx him,” said manager Brad Ausmus. … After he entered the game as a substitute, minor leaguer Bo Way reached third on a bases-clearing hit that was misplayed in right field. Two runs scored, increasing the Angels’ lead to 9-6. … Way, a seventh-round pick of the Angels in the 2014 draft who is in minor league camp as a two-way player, hit a triple in the ninth inning. … The Angels recorded 11 hits, two of them doubles knocked in by Anaheim native Jose Rojas.


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