TEMPE, Ariz. — Mike Trout went 3 for 3 and made an impressive first-inning catch, leading the Los Angeles Angels to an 8-2 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Thursday.
The star center fielder stretched and sprawled to rob Billy Burns on the first play of the game.
“Guys who have been around here a little bit just laugh about it,” Angels starter Garrett Richards said. “When he does things like that, it’s just like, ‘Here he goes again.’”
Trout added two singles and a double in the first four innings of the Angels’ spring training home opener at Tempe Diablo Stadium.
Kole Calhoun also had three hits and scored two runs for the Angels, and newcomers Geovany Soto and Daniel Nava added RBI singles. Los Angeles relievers combined for seven scoreless innings of six-hit ball.
“We had a good day,” manager Mike Scioscia said. “There were some things we didn’t get done, but we looked good pressuring them offensively.”
Andrew Lambo had an RBI single among his two hits for Oakland.
Los Angeles scored twice off A’s reliever Ryan Doolittle, the younger brother of Oakland closer Sean Doolittle.
Non-roster lefty Eric Surkamp gave up four hits and one run in two innings.
Top prospect Sean Manaea pitches at home against Colorado, while the other half of the split squad visits Zack Greinke and the Diamondbacks.