The Arizona Diamondbacks started slowly against the Anaheim Angels early and were never able to pull themselves out of a hole in a 7-4 defeat. Arizona gave up four-runs in the first inning and D-Backs starting pitcher Taijuan Walker saw his penultimate Spring Training outing hit a sour note with the loss. Walker gave up six-runs, three earned, in 4.2-innings as Arizona's record dropped to 13-12 this Spring.
The Angels' Albert Pujols got the scoring started with a two-run homer in the first inning. Andrelton Simmons added to the scoring in the opening frame with a two-run single. Arizona got on the board in the third after back to back triples from Chris Iannetta and Nick Ahmed.
Carlos Perez added to Anaheim's lead with a two-run homer in the bottom of the fourth to make it 6-1. The Angels added one final tally on a Jefry Marte sacrifice fly in the seventh inning.
Arizona added some late interest for the folks at Tempe Diablo Stadium when Marty Herum smashed a three-run homerun with one-out in the top of the ninth. It was Herum's first hit of Spring Training but it was a moot point as Deolis Guerra retired the final two batters to seal the Angels' victory.
Arizona hosts Cleveland on Sunday. The first pitch is scheduled for 1:10 p.m. (Arizona)