03/23/12 7:05 PM ET
Halos use Crew's miscues for Cactus win
By Adam McCalvy / MLB.com
The Brewers' Zack Greinke and the Angels' Dan Haren owned the early innings, Greinke with nine strikeouts over 5 1/3 scoreless innings and Haren continuing his solid Spring Training. Haren allowed two runs on five hits in five innings, boosting his Cactus League ERA from 0.90 to 1.80. He has 18 strikeouts in 15 innings.The Brewers made Haren work in the fourth. He hit Morgan with a pitch to start the frame, then walked Ryan Braun after a long battle that included one very close Ball 3 with two strikes. That call proved crucial when Ramirez singled to center field for the game's first run, and his first Brewers RBI. Lucroy lifted a sacrifice fly to make it 2-0 before Haren escaped. Lucroy also singled, boosting his Cactus League batting average to .483. "This spring has been pretty flawless up to that point, so it's probably a good thing that I got into a jam, ad to labor through an inning," Haren said. "I was pretty tired at the end of that inning, no doubt, and I think that's what builds endurance in spring is when you get tired and you have to push through it. Overall I felt good."
Up Next for the Angels: The Angels will have their first of back-to-back meetings against the American League West-rival Rangers in Surprise, Ariz., on Saturday, kicking off what many believe will be a year-long tug-of-war between the two clubs. After watching the Rangers make the World Series each of the last two years, the Angels signed Albert Pujols and former Texas ace C.J. Wilson this offseason, with the Rangers landing Japanese sensation Yu Darvish. Ervin Santana will start Saturday's 1:05 p.m. PT game and will be the only starter pitching in the two contests. Wilson, Darvish and Matt Harrison will pitch in Minor League games over the weekend.