Chase Silseth shows off cutter as Angels edge Brewers

THE GAME: In a game that started an hour earlier than originally planned, as a concession to an approaching rain storm, the Angels held on for a 4-3 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday afternoon in Tempe, Ariz., and improved to 4-1 this spring.

PITCHING REPORT: Right-hander Chase Silseth didn’t have the start he was looking for, giving up two runs and three hits in three innings, but it was not a complete loss. Silseth is adding a cutter this season and said he threw about 13 or 14 of them against the Brewers, getting three of his four strikeouts with the pitch. “It’s pretty crazy how I have picked up two pitches in a year and a half,” said Silseth, who last added a sinker that helped him reach the major leagues last season. “(Catcher Matt) Thaiss comes in the dugout and said, ‘Whatever you did, just don’t change that.’” … Left-hander Aaron Loup and right-hander Ryan Tepera had back-to-back scoreless innings, with Loup striking out two. … Jose Quijada, Andrew Wantz and Gerardo Reyes (save) held the Brewers scoreless on one hit over the final three innings.

HITTING REPORT: Anthony Rendon had an RBI single and Brandon Drury delivered an RBI double in the first inning. “(Drury) has a really good command of the strike zone and I like his approach against right-handed (pitchers) so far,” Manager Phil Nevin said. “It’s something he knows he needed to work on a little bit and the at-bats were really good today.” … Mike Trout walked, singled and lined out in three trips to the plate over five innings. … Hunter Renfroe singled to lead off the fourth inning and scored a run on a balk.

DEFENSE REPORT: The Brewers’ Sal Frelick was retired on a pair of solid plays behind the mound, first by Rendon at third base in the third inning and then by shortstop Gio Urshela in the fifth inning. … Rendon added to his day by starting a 5-4-3 double play to end the third inning but also had a throwing error in the first inning. “Anthony got one that sailed on him a little bit and it gets into the wind there, it’s going to take off, but I think we’re playing really good defense,” Nevin said. “It’s something we attacked this spring, fundamental-wise, and Benji (Gil) is doing a really good job with them.” … First baseman Taylor Jones and shortstop Andrew Velazquez turned a nifty 3-6 double play to end the game.

UP NEXT: Angels at Royals, Thursday, 12:10 p.m. PT, Surprise, Ariz., 830 AM

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