The Dodgers returned home to play a low scoring affair in the opening game of the Freeway series against the Angels. It was a return of 2015 baseball as the Dodger offense took the night off and the bullpen blew a late tie. It wasn’t a blown save, but a blown tie in the top of the eighth. Right hander Chris Hatcher was the blower, taking us back to the days of last season. The Angels defeated the Dodgers by a score of 2-1, thanks to a late rally in the eighth inning against the hapless Hatcher.
Of course it’s all for fun as these games don’t count. Yet we would still like to see them win. In the first game at Dodger Stadium this season with Vin Scully on the mic made us feel like the season already started. It was a wonderful feeling that no blown tie, or pathetic offense could take away from us. Enjoy every game this season. Every inning that Vin Scully gives us is a gift.
Meanwhile the Dodgers opened the game with not as many injuries as we originally thought. Kike Hernandez was back in the lineup but playing in center field. Corey Seager made his Dodger Stadium debut tonight as he appears ready for opening day. Ready he is, because the wonder kid collected two hits and committed an error.
The pitching match-up was good as left hander Andrew Heaney countered fellow southpaw Scott Kazmir. The good news for the Dodgers is that Kazmir looked effective. He threw 4.2 innings allowing one unearned run on four hits and struck out four. He induced 8 ground ball outs. He was relieved by Yimi Garcia. Pedro Baez, and Louis Coleman both tossed scoreless innings of relief.
Heaney pitched equally as well. Although on the days when the Dodger offense decides to leave town it doesn’t take much. Heaney went six frames allowing one run on six hits with four whiffs. Reliever Al Albuquerque struck out the side in the seventh inning, and rookie Cory Rasmus threw a scoreless inning too.
There wasn’t much offense for either club. The Dodgers stranded runners at first and third in the bottom of the first after singles from Kike and Justin Turner. The Angels threatened in the second with a walk from Andrelton Simmons and a single from Carlos Perez. However Shane Robinson grounded into a double play.
The Angels took the lead in the top of the fourth. With two outs, Kole Calhoun walked and went to third on a bumbling error from Seager. Carlos Perez’s line drive single to right scored the run and the Angels took a 1-0 lead.
The Dodgers tied the score in the bottom of the fifth. Seager singled and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Yasiel Puig drove him in with an RBI single to right. The Angels broke the tie off of Hatcher in the eighth. Cliff Pennington singled, C.J. Cron walked. Todd Cunningham singled to center to plate Rey Navarro to put the Halos ahead 2-1.
That was it. The Dodgers went down meekly in the bottom of the ninth to end the game. Old friend Javy Guerra made a surprise appearance. He retired two of the three batters he faced. The Dodgers scored one run on six hits, and were 1 for 9 with runners in scoring position. Sound familiar? Let’s hope they get all the non-existent offense out of their system now before the season starts on Monday. That’s right boys, get it all out now.
They were plenty of positives to take away from this game. Number one nobody got hurt, which is the most important. Kazmir looked effective, and Seager, and Kike are both healthy.