2/24/2013 8:31 P.M. ET
Enright's delivery doesn't go smoothly vs. A's
Allows three runs in two-thirds of an inning, throwing 34 pitches
By Alden Gonzalez / MLB.com
TEMPE, Ariz. -- It was 55 degrees by game time at Tempe Diablo Stadium on Sunday, with a howling wind that blew towards right-center field and played perfectly into the hands of hitters. The A's, with many of their regulars in the starting lineup, took full advantage of it, busting out three runs on four hits before Angels pitcher Barry Enright could even get three outs.
Enright, expected to start the season at Triple-A, threw 34 pitches before leaving with runners on the corners through two-thirds of an inning. He made no excuses about the weather. After an offseason spent tinkering with his delivery in hopes of finally getting some consistent time in the Majors, he saw this as a missed opportunity.
"It's hard to bite down that bullet today and have those results," Enright said before an eventual 7-5 win by the A's. "The whole goal for me and [pitching coach Mike Butcher] was to push me over the top to be a regular big leaguer and not be a guy who's filling in here or being a sixth, seventh starter."
Chris Young -- who later made a nifty catch in deep right field -- and Seth Smith hit RBI doubles in the first and Scott Sizemore added a sacrifice fly, giving the A's a 3-0 lead. The Angels got three runs of their own in the bottom of the third against Brian Gordon, on an RBI double by Kole Calhoun, a run-scoring triple by Brendan Harris and a sac fly from third base prospect Kaleb Cowart.
In the top of the seventh, with most of the starters out of the game, A's infielder Darwin Perez broke a 4-4 tie with a two-run double off Andrew Taylor.
A's left fielder Yoenis Cespedes, making his spring debut, went 0-for-2 with a walk. Center fielder Coco Crisp went 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored from the leadoff spot and first baseman Daric Barton went 2-for-2. The only regular in the Angels' lineup was Mark Trumbo, though Vernon Wells could also win some playing time this year. Outfielder Matt Young, who's fighting for one of the Angels' final roster spots, went 2-for-3 and has five hits in his first six at-bats of the spring.
Travis Blackley, who has a good chance to stick with the A's as a long reliever, got through the first inning unscathed despite giving up three hits.
Angels up next: The Angels travel to Peoria to face the Mariners at 12:05 p.m. PT on Monday, with Garrett Richards getting the start in his spring debut. Richards, who posted a 4.69 ERA in 30 games (nine starts) in the Majors last year, is going to be stretched out this spring, but the 24-year-old right-hander is a candidate for one of the Angels' final bullpen spots. Mike Trout (@Trouty20) wrote via Twitter on Sunday that he'll be making his spring debut then, too. "1st game of the year tomorrow !!!" he wrote.
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.