The Dodgers and Angels came into this series both sucking bad. Someone had to win and that was the Angels, to everyone’s surprise. What made the difference was that the offense did something for once, 9 runs on 13 hits, including 2 innings of massive scoring. canning did his part, allowing only 1 run while Sandoval pitched 3 and 1/3 innings for the save.
Canning looked shaky in the first, allowing multiple baserunners before getting out of it with a pickoff at 2B. The offense looked like their old selves and went down quietly.
The second was much more eventful, as a couple of hits, including one that got by Trout, and a groundout gave the Dodgers the first run of the game. But that is when the fun began, as Justin ‘Hot Pocket‘ Upton saw who the opponent was and raked, sending one to where the paint can used to be. Then Taylor ‘Blake‘ Ward did the same, 2 home runs in the inning. A HBP, double, and single by Rojas, Butera, and Fletcher gave the Angels a 4-1 lead.
It was much quieter in the 3rd, with stranded runners for Canning and a 1-2-3 for the offense. Still 4-1 Angels after 3.
Nothing happened in the 4th as well, with Canning calming down with a 1-2-3 inning. The offense got nothing big except Rojas getting thrown out on a failed hit and run.
The 5th, however, is when the sweating started. A single and a ground rule double put them at 2nd and 3rd with 1 out. But two great plays by Rojas kept the score at 4-1 Angels. It didn’t stay that way for long with a Fletch single and Ohtani double made it 5-1.
It was frustrating in the 6th, as a dropped pop up and a misplayed ground ball got 2 on. He left with 2 outs, striking out 4 while allowing 6 hits and 3 walks and 1 run.
Don’t worry Bullpen, Offense is Here!
Patrick Sandoval came in with 2 outs and 2 on in the 6th. And the first pitch popped out of the glove of the catcher and both runners move up. But he got a flyout and didn’t blow the 5-1 lead. (yet) The bats rewarded him by getting more runs thanks to hits by Churches, Rojas, Fletcher, Ohtani, and Trout. All in one inning! Including 3 straight doubles and a triple! Sad Butera noises… 9-1 Angels.
Sandoval went back out there after a long break and it was not exactly textbook. He lost the zone that the ump hid, but he didn’t allow a run. Which was all he needed to do. The offense went down in order.
The 8th was same as before, a runner reached, but no runs scored. Sandoval pitched yet another scoreless inning. And the Angels went down in order.
It took a Betts homer to give the Dodgers another run, to make it 9-2. But that was the only blemish, as Sandoval secured the save.
More Freeway Series tomorrow, with fireworks afterwards. Kershaw vs Bundy. Which of each will we see? The Angels are now 14-17 on the year.