The Angels finished off spring training at Dodger Stadium, getting a loss in the final game of the Freeway Series. Finishing the shortened Spring with a whimper, the Angels of today will hopefully not be the Angels of the regular season.
Michael Lorenzen was on the bump as the final starter for spring training. The former (sort of) 2 way player is focused completely on pitching now, and went 4 and 2/3 innings, giving up 3 runs on 4 hits, striking out 4 and walking 2.
Facing a Cy Rookie, things were difficult for the offense. Tyler Wade was able to get a hit off of him, but was also caught stealing second. Brandon Marsh stole second and made it to third, but was thrown out at the plate.
It was bad for the offense, but facing a different pitcher will help. Right? However, once the Cy Rookie left, the Angels instead continued to struggle. This was unusual, as the Angels scored a bunch almost every day in the Spring.
The Dodgers struck first, getting to Lorenzen early for 2 runs. It could have been more, but he was able to limit it to just the two.
While the Angels failed out there vs a rookie pitcher, Lorenzen continued to get hit hard. He allowed a third run in the 3rd. Luckily, it wasn’t more as Taylor Ward doubled off Mookie Betts trying to get to 3rd.
There was almost a run in the 6th, with Brandon Marsh hitting a single, then stealing second, making it to third, and going home on a passed ball, but he was thrown out barely.
Archie Bradley gave up a 2 run shot to make it 5-0 Dodgers in the 7th, making the shutout sting more.
The only real highlight was that Dino Ebel had an almost entire game interview with the Dodgers announcers, if you were forced to watch the Dodger feed.
With the loss, the Angels fall to 11-6-1 on the spring. Real games start Thursday.