Vogelsong sharp in second spring start

Vogelsong sharp in second spring start

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Mike Trout went 1-for-2 with a bases-loaded walk and Ryan Vogelsong pitched three scoreless innings in preparation for the World Baseball Classic on Wednesday as the Giants and Angels played to an 8-8 tie at Tempe Diablo Stadium.

Vogelsong, making his second-to-last start with the Giants before suiting up for Team USA, gave up only one hit through the first three frames, walking none and striking out four. The 35-year-old right-hander has hurled five scoreless Cactus League innings, giving up just three hits and one walk.

Barry Zito can't boast the same hot start.

Making his spring debut, the 34-year-old southpaw pitched a scoreless fourth inning, but gave up a couple of runs in the fifth as the Angels cut their deficit to one. An Andrew Romine single, followed by a walk to Luis Rodriguez and another walk to Trent Oeltjen issued by reliever Chad Gaudin, loaded the bases with two outs, leading to two runs after Gaudin walked Trout and threw a wild pitch.

The 21-year-old Trout, the only everyday player in the Angels' lineup, added a line-drive single to right field in the first and is now 2-for-4 with a pair of walks this spring.

The Giants scored a run in each of the first three innings of the game -- on an errant throw to third base by Angels catcher Hank Conger in the first, an RBI double by Hector Sanchez in the second and a sacrifice fly by Joaquin Arias in the third -- then blew the game open with a four-run sixth.

First baseman Brett Pill, competing for a bench spot, hit an RBI triple off Angels prospect Andrew Taylor, and three batters later against Minor League callup Eddie McKiernan, Angel Pagan hit a three-run homer, his first of the spring.

The Angels closed the gap with a two-run double by Travis Witherspoon in the seventh and a two-run single by Taylor Lindsey in the eighth. After the Giants added a run in the top of the ninth, Kaleb Cowart and J.B. Shuck produced run-scoring hits off San Francisco closer Sergio Romo to tie it in the bottom of the frame.

The Angels are now 0-4-2 this spring, with their pitchers giving up 46 runs (44 earned) in 52 1/3 innings, good for a 7.57 ERA. But hardly any of those who have pitched will be on the Opening Day roster, and even the starting position players have been limited.

Up next: After being held out of the lineup for two straight games, catcher Buster Posey is a near-lock to start Thursday when San Francisco opposes the Seattle Mariners. Three projected regulars (Angel Pagan, Pablo Sandoval and Marco Scutaro) and one key reserve (Andres Torres) will depart soon for the World Baseball Classic. That's not lost on manager Bruce Bochy, who knows that fans want to see a representative Giants team on the field. Posey's presence alone would legitimize any lineup, so he's likely to play most home games and selected road dates.

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.