Parra paces bats, Barajas homers as D-backs tie
Outfielder goes deep, drives in three; Holmberg fans one in perfect inning
TEMPE, Ariz. -- The D-backs' bigger names stayed back to play the A's at Talking Stick on Tuesday, but it was hard to tell with the way they scored in bunches early at Tempe Diablo Stadium. The other half of Arizona's split squad teed off on Angels pitching prospects A.J. Schugel and Ryan Brasier, scoring three runs each in the first and fourth innings before the Angels came back late behind Bill Hall in an eventual 7-7 tie.
The game was called after nine full innings.
Offseason prize Josh Hamilton made his Angels debut, going 0-for-3 with a groundout to shortstop and two flyouts to center field while batting cleanup and playing right field. He saw just three pitches total in his first two plate appearances, but six in his third.
"You get those little jitters, I guess, when you're walking up to the plate, get your first at-bat, first live pitching, that sort of thing," Hamilton said. "But it was a fun day. It's just a different environment, man. I'm excited to be a part of it."
Hall, fighting for a spot on the Angels' bench, smacked a pair of two-run doubles, including one that tied the game in the eighth.
Shortstop Willie Bloomquist led off the game against Schugel with a double to deep center field, Gerardo Parra followed up with a two-run homer and Brad Snyder added an RBI single four batters later.
The D-backs scored three more runs against Brasier in the top of the fourth, on a solo homer by catcher Rod Barajas -- competing with Wil Nieves for the backup spot -- an RBI single by Bloomquist and a sacrifice fly by Parra, giving him a game-high three RBIs.
The Angels then came back with three runs in the bottom half off Zeke Spruill, on a triple by Mark Trumbo, a sac fly by Vernon Wells and Hall's first two-run double, after Bloomquist extended the inning with a throwing error.
David Holmberg, ranked ninth in the D-backs' system by MLB.com, pitched a clean first inning, striking out one.
With the tie, the Angels are 0-4-1 and have given up 38 runs in 44 innings -- though hardly any of those who have pitched will be on the Opening Day roster.
Up next for the D-backs: Brandon McCarthy will make his first start in a D-backs uniform Wednesday against the Reds at 1:10 p.m. MT, and fans can listen live to a free exclusive webcast. It will be the right-hander's first time pitching in a game since he was hit in the head by a line drive on Sept. 5 last year. McCarthy suffered a skull fracture and a brain contusion and was unable to pitch again the rest of the season.
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