Griffin Canning gave up three homers in three innings. ( Freddie Freeman, J.D. Martinez, Mookie Betts). Hunter Renfroe was a vacuum cleaner at first base but he still couldn’t get past all the maximum homerosity. Jo Adell did rob Max Muncy of another homer in the second.
I could show you the scoring lowlights, but no. Not on my watch. Canning walked Muncy in the third inning and J. D. Martinez doubled to drive him in. It was 4-0 Dodgers after the third inning. Fewer than three innings and more runs given up than innings pitched is not the profile you want to see in your starting pitcher., Canning got yanked at this point. Tyler Anderson came in.
Shohei Ohtani singled to start of of the Angels part of the fourth. Taylor Ward singled (after a successful challenge). Mickey Moniak then homered. 4-3 ballgame. He’s a Moniak, Moniak I know! That’s within range in the fourth inning.
Escobar struck out, Adell grounded out, and Moustakas popped out to end the Angeles half of the inning. I know. I know. I just write it. I don’t make it happen.
In the 5th inning Hunter Renfroe singled to lead things off. Matt Thaiss then grounded into a double play. Folks, they’re not going to win the ball game that way. Andrew Velazquez was out on a grounder to first. Mookie Betts homered again to make it 5-3 Dodgers. Not cool! The Fresh Prince of Bel Air singled on a liner to right. Max Muncy mercifully popped out to short. J.D. Martinez flied out. Cool!
Now we are in the 6th inning and Shohei Ohtani leads off with your basic four pitch walk. It’s almost like they would rather pitch to Taylor Ward. Go figure! They tried to pick Ohtani off, but no dice. Ward lined out to left bringing up Mighty Mickey who struck out on a foul tip. Eduardo Escobar singled to drive Ohtani all the way to second with two outs. (Baby steps) Jo Adell struck out. The sun must have been in his eyes.
Some Rando named Jonny Deluca came up to pinch hit for the Dodgers left fielder and struck out. Jason Heyward grounded out. There was an unsuccessful challenge. Umpire conspiracy against the Dodgers? Nahhh! James Outman singled, although by rights he should have made an out-man. Miguel Rojas walked on four pitches. Mookie Betts doubled to score both Outman and Rojas. 7-3 Dodgers. This is just not our day. You’d think it was Saturday or something. Freddie Freeman popped out.
Mike Moustakas homered. Yes it was a solo shot, but it was better than nothing. 7-4 Dodgers.
Hunter Renfroe grounded out to third but Matt Thaiss singled on a grounder to right. Andrew Velazquez grounded into a force out and managed to be out himself on the same play. Now it was 7-4 and two outs. Shohei Ohtani came up, resulting in a pitcher change. Alex Vesia replaced Tony Gonsolin. He struck out Ohtani to end the Angels seventh.
Will Smith came up and grounded out to the pitcher. Max Muncy flied out to Moniak in Right. J.D. Martinez walked. Jonny Deluca grounded into a force out. Now the Angels are back up for the top of the eighth inning. We’ll get ’em this time for sure! The Dodgers brought in Brusdar Graterol to pitch. He got Taylor Ward out on a grounder to short. Mickey Moniak made up for that by a single to right. Eduardo Escobar popped out to the shortstop Rojas. Jo Adell then struck out to end the Angels half of the eighth inning.
Aaron Loup came in to pitch the ninth inning. He has an interesting “role” now. Pinch hitter Miguel Vargas replaced Jason Heyward. There was a mound visit and then Loup walked him. James Out-man came up and grounded into a force out, Loup to Velazquez. Miguel Rojas doubled to Ward. Out-man scored on the play. 8-4 Dodgers. Aaron Loup intentionally walked Mookie Betts. So now we had two men on and only one out with the Angels behind by four in the eighth. Freddie Freeman grounded into a force out scoring Rojas. A throwing error by Velazquez resulted in Freemen reaching first safely. 9-4 Dodgers. Will Smith homered to make it what like 11- 4 Dodgers? No problem.
In the top of the ninth, Mike Moustakas struck out. I’d gripe, but he did homer earlier. Hunter Renfroe walked. Matt Thaiss grounded into a double play second to short to first. Pinch Hitter Luis Rengifo lined out to center to end the game.
The Angels lost this one 11-4. Uggg!