This afternoon we saw the Dodgers and Angels duke it out in the second game of the second Freeway Series match-up on Fox Saturday baseball. The pitching match-up pitted former Dodger Andrew Heaney against Alex Wood in a duel of southpaws. Of course Heaney was a Dodger for about ten seconds when he was traded to the Angels for Howie Kendrick after being acquired from the Marlins. Many people often wondered what would have happened if the Dodgers had kept Heaney instead of flipping him for Kendrick.
I tell you this though, you can’t cry over spilled milk. Heaney is no doubt a talented young pitcher, but he’s not that good. He’s not a franchise changer. Surely he was effective in Saturday’s 5-4 Angel’s win over the Dodgers. Heaney tossed 6.1 innings giving up three runs (two earned) on six hits, walked one and struck out six. It was not good enough to get a win though.
On the other side of the mound, Alex Wood got off to a horrendous start. He gave up three runs in the first two innings and put the Dodgers in an early hole 3-0. Then he settled down and was able to keep the Angels from scoring again while keeping the Dodgers in the game. Wood’s final line was three runs on seven hits across six innings with two walks and six strikeouts. Both starters were not involved in the decision.
Angels 5 9 1
Dodgers 4 10 0
Ultimately the game was decided by the relievers. The Dodgers currently have one of the more mediocre group of minor league castoffs, has-beens and past their prime middle relievers in all of baseball after four of their primary relievers landed on the disabled list. The Dodger’s bullpen (a team with World Series aspirations) currently consists of JT Chargois, Scott Alexander, Daniel Hudson, Erik Goeddel, and newly acquired arms Dylan Floro and Zach Rosscup. That’s a ridiculous collection of castoffs if I ever saw one. I heard the local guys at the McDonalds are available to pitch as well.
So it was no surprise that the Dodger middle relief blew the tie and the game in the top of the seventh, and tenth when Floro gave up a solo home run to Justin Upton. Later on Calhoun’s solo home run off of Kenley Jansen in the top of the tenth was the game decider. Before that, the Angels scored one run in the top of the first and two in the top of the second to take an early three run advantage. The Dodgers would rally in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game. The Dodgers would lose this battle of the bullpens unfortunately. Here’s how the scoring went for both clubs before the deciding ninth and tenth frames. For the Halos they got a double from Andrelton Simmons and singles from Mike Trout and Upton brought home the first run in the opening inning. In the top of the second, Kole Calhoun’s double and an infield single from Heaney put runners at the corners. David Fletcher’s sacrifice fly scored the second run. Later in the inning a bases loaded walk to Upton scored the third run.
The Dodgers fought back to score twice in the bottom of the second. Max Muncy doubled, and Logan Forsythe’s ground ball single put two on with none out. Then Cody Bellinger’s RBI single cut the lead to 3-1 Halos. There was a throwing error from Heaney and Chris Taylor was plunked with a pitch with the bases loaded to force in a run and make the score 3-2. Taylor’s mammoth home run in the bottom of the fifth would tie the score at 3-3.
After Upton’s shot in the seventh inning put the Angels back in front 4-3, the Dodgers had a chance to tie or take the lead in the bottom of the eighth with runners on first and second, but Muncy and Bellinger both struck out to strand the runners (Matt Kemp had singled and stole second) and the Angels got out of the jam.
The Dodgers eventually rallied to tie and win the game in dramatic fashion in the bottom of the ninth. With Blake Parker on the mound for the Halos. Yasmani Grandal opened the inning with a double over Upton’s head and scored when Chase Utley’s pinch-hit single knocked him in. With the game now tied the Halos went back to the bullpen and Hansel Robles struck out Taylor for the first out. Then Enrique Hernandez walked to bring up Kemp. But Kemp grounded out and the Angels intentionally walked Muncy which brought up Joc Pederson. But Pederson’s deep drive to center was caught at the wall by Trout. Onto extra innings.
In the top of the tenth, Kenley Jansen immediately served up a solo blast to Calhoun and the Dodgers were once again losing, this time 5-4. Could the Dodgers rally again in the bottom of the tenth? Nope. Clayton Kershaw will take the mound on Sunday afternoon in the series finale rubber game.