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OC Register: Francisco Arcia homers in long-awaited big league debut, leading Angels barrage in victory over White Sox


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ANAHEIM — Francisco Arcia had spent parts of 12 seasons toiling in the minor leagues before the Angels’ trade of Martín Maldonado created an opening for him on Thursday.

He certainly made it count.

Arcia belted a three-run homer for his first big league hit, breaking open a one-run game and sending the Angels on their way to a 12-8 home victory over the Chicago White Sox.

Arcia, a 28-year-old Venezuelan, became the eighth player in Angels history to hit a homer in his major league debut, a feat most recently accomplished in May by José Briceño. Arcia and Briceño now form the Angels catching combo following the Maldonado trade.

Arcia, who added an RBI single in the eighth, became the first player in Angels history to have four RBIs in his big league debut.

When he came to bat in the seventh, the Angels had just seen their 6-2 lead shrink to 6-5. He got all the runs back with a blast into the right-field seats. Arcia pointed to the sky and clapped his hands as he circled the bases, before being mobbed by his teammates in the dugout.

It was certainly the most emotional of the nine homers hit on the warm day at Angel Stadium.

Kole Calhoun and Ian Kinsler hit the Angels first two homers, the latter putting the team up 3-2 in the fourth. They then padded the lead on a “Little League homer” by Andrelton Simmons.

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With two on and two out in the fifth, Simmons circled the bases on a triple and an error. A routine hit into left center got past center fielder Leury Garcia and rolled to the warning track as Albert Pujols chugged around third. Shortstop Tim Anderson’s relay to the plate sailed back the screen, allowing Pujols and Simmons to score.

The Angels, who scored 11 runs on Wednesday, ended up with their first back-to-back games with even five runs since June 29-30 against the Baltimore Orioles.

They also got four hits from Justin Upton, including two with runners in scoring position.

The offensive barrage helped them withstand the five solo homers allowed by Nick Tropeano.

Oddly, Tropeano did not give up a hit outside of the homers. José Abreu, Avisail Garcia and Nicky Delmonico hit homers, and Daniel Palka hit two.

Tropeano took the mound in the seventh with a 6-2 lead, but he gave up three homers, to Garcia, Palka and Delmonico, ending his day.

More to come on this story.

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10 hours ago, Dick B Back said:

“Arcia, who added an RBI single in the eighth, became the first player in Angels history to have four RBIs in his big league debut.”

Mo betta than Trout.

Go Andeis!

 

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