The Tucson Toros turned to their older hands in their opener against Calgary, and 14-year veteran John Cangelosi and Donne Wall came through.
Cangelosi, a former major leaguer, scored one run and tripled home a second in leading the Toros to a 3-2 victory in Thursday night's Pacific Coast League opener for both teams.Winning pitcher Donne Wall, who only pitched nine innings in three spring training starts, threw six shutout innings while scattering three hits, walking one and striking out four.
"We didn't want to use the younger guys so soon in a game like this because they probably would have struggled a little bit," said Tucson manager Rick Sweet.
Cangelosi led the bottom of the first inning with a single off losing pitcher Lee Hancock (0-1). After Dave Hajek's single, Mike Brumley singled Cangelosi home, giving the Toros a 1-0 lead after the first three at-bats of the season. Hajek scored from third on a ground ball hit by Phil Nevin.
Cangelosi's triple followed a single by Ray Montgomery in the fourth, giving the Toros a 3-0 lead.
Calgary got one run in the seventh on a triple by Sam Horn and a single by Francisco Matos. The Cannons added their last in the eighth with both charged to pitcher Bronswell Patrick. Dean Hartgraves came out of the bullpen for Tucson to get the last four outs and earn the save.
Hartgraves, who had pitched only seven innings during the spring, said Tucson has the right kind of players to deal with the limited preparation time.
"We have some experienced guys who are scrappy," he said. "It seems Donne and I have been around here forever, certainly long enough to be called veterans. We know what it takes to be successful at this level."
Wall was among about 10 players Houston practically suspended because they didn't play in replacement games.
Edmonton 13, Colorado Springs 10
At Colorado Springs, Colo., Andrew Toberlan hit a pair of homers, including a three-run-shot in the sixth, to lead the Edmonton Trappers to a victory over the Colorado Springs Sky Sox.
It was the season-opener for the Pacific Coast League rivals.
Colorado Springs (0-1) crafted a 9-2 lead through the first five innings.
Edmonton (1-0) came back in the sixth, scoring six runs capped by Toberlan's second homer of the game to draw Edmonton within 10-8.
In the eighth, the Trappers tied the game at 10-10 when Scott Sheldon hit a two-run homer.
Then Toberlan, who went 3-for-5 with 4 RBIs, hit a solo shot for back-to-back home runs - giving Edmonton an 11-10 lead.
The Trappers added two insurance runs in the ninth.
Phoenix 4, Las Vegas 3
At Scottsdale, Ariz., Doug Mirabelli drove in a run with a single and got another RBI with an eighth-inning walk as the Phoenix Firebirds beat Las Vegas.