It’s been a long time since I’ve written a recap. Nearly six months to be exact. Let’s see if I still remember how to do this. Ah yes, it’s all coming back to me now. If you live long enough you’ll possibly see something so rare that it reminds you of Haley’s comet that passed over us in the 1980’s. Even rarer is a Dodger win in Anaheim during the Freeway series. Rest assured normally if the Dodgers play at the big A during the exhibition Freeway Series they will find a way to lose.
This time though they finally did it. They won a meaningless spring game. The Dodgers wrapped up their second game of the three game freeway series against the Angels in Anaheim, defeating the Halos by an 8-7 score. They nearly blew a five-run lead in the bottom of the ninth, but held onto win it. The Dodgers will finally come home on Tuesday evening to play their final exhibition game before the 2019 season opens on Thursday afternoon against the Dbacks.
The Dodgers drew ten walks and scored eight runs on ten hits without hitting a home run. You might not believe me unless you saw it, but the boys in blue drew walks, got on base, and practiced good situational hitting. Even though the Dodgers had a five run lead entering the bottom of the ninth, the Angels still brought the tying and winning runs to the plate. Yes it’s exhibition baseball.
The Dodgers gave the ball to Kenta Maeda, who did not look completely in sync. Overall Maeda looked mediocre as the Japanese right hander allowed three earned runs on five hits across three innings pitched. He did not issue a walk and notched two strikeouts.
The Angels started the contest by scoring one run in each of the first three frames. Of course the first run was scored on the very first pitch of the game from Maeda, as Kole Calhoun took him deep for a solo home run. If you remember first inning runs were a constant irritant in 2017 for the Dodgers. RBI singles from David Fletcher and Mike Trout punctuated the Halos early scoring off of Maeda. The Dodgers struck back with an RBI double from Chris Taylor that scored Cody Bellinger in the top of the second and was followed by a groundball run scoring single into right field from David Freese that at the time put the Dodgers ahead by a 2-1 score.
The Dodgers would plate five unanswered runs in the top of the seventh inning to break out to an 8-3 lead. The Dodgers would record three consecutive bases loaded walks from Jeter Downs, Bellinger, and Matt Beatty. Later a two-run single from prospect Connor Wong broke the score open. Altogether the Dodgers had ten walks and scored eight runs without hitting a home run.
On the pitching side, the only reliever to allow a run was Jordan Sheffield in the bottom of the ninth when he served up a three-run double to Jared Walsh. Otherwise we saw scoreless appearances from Pedro Baez, Scott Alexander, Kenley Jansen, Caleb Ferguson, Yimi Garcia, and newest Dodger Justin Grimm, who actually looked pretty good.
If you love baseball, listen to Dino Ebel mic’d up. And if you don’t like baseball, you will after this. pic.twitter.com/Q5iqNXwtkN
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) March 26, 2019
The highlight of the game was when the SNLA broadcast team microphoned Dodger’s third base coach Dino Ebel. The veteran coach and former minor league manager was a delight to listen too. He’s smart, energetic and quick. Ebel is heads and tails better than Chris Woodward. One little thing though Dino, it’s runs not points in baseball. One more and then they count for real. Julio Urias will get the ball on Tuesday night in the series finale as right hander Jaime Barria gets the nod for the Angels. Welcome home boys!