SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Garrett Richards threw three shutout innings, leading the Los Angeles Angels to a 3-2 win over an Arizona Diamondbacks split-squad on Monday.
The Diamondbacks failed to hit the ball out of the infield against Richards, a projected starter. Richards gave up an infield single to Martin Prado and a bunt single to Ender Inciarte. He struck out two and didn't walk a batter.
Brandon McCarty, the Diamondbacks' likely No. 5 starter, was equally impressive, tossing five innings of three-hit ball.
McCarthy allowed only a single to Luis Jimenez, a double to Collin Cowgill and a bunt single to Efren Navarro. He struck out two and walked one.
"A really good game for him," Gibson said. "He kept the ball down and he had good late life."
The Angels pushed across a run thanks to a two-base throwing error on a pickoff attempt by Diamondbacks pitcher Eury De la Rosa. The error set up a sacrifice fly by J.B. Shuck.
Angels: Richards figures to have a more relaxed spring training because he is now a projected member of the rotation rather than just another pitcher battling for a spot.
"The last two years I've competed for a spot, so I know what it's like to be on that end," Richards said.