Game Three of this four game series against the Angels turned out to be a rubber match. Who woulda thunk it? Each team won a 4-0 shut out and the scene cut to Anaheim.
Angels starter Alex Meyer walked five in the first three innings, but the Dodgers just couldn’t come up with the big hit (or even a little nubber) to bring home a run. Meyer gave the Dodgers five gifts, and they couldn’t get one hit to add on.
Meanwhile Dodgers starter Hyun-Jin Ryu held the Angels scoreless through the first three innings.
Ryu was cruising through the fourth with two out when he took a comebacker off his foot. Everyone came to the mound and Ryu limped about. He eventually took the ball and got the third out to end the inning.
Pantone 294 made their presence known in the bottom of the fourth when they unfurled the legendary big blue LA flag. As Joe Davis said on the broadcast: “Message delivered.”
Unfortunately, the message didn’t get through to the struggling Dodgers hitters who meekly went down in their half of the fourth.
Ryu returned for the second half of the game, still pitching well. Trouble was, Meyer did too.
Eventually something was going to crack, and it was Ryu in the sixth. He hung a couple of curve balls that got pounded for a ground rule double, and then two-run dinger. He gave up a couple more singles and that was it.
Ryu was done and in came young southpaw Grant Dayton with two on and two out. He walked one to load the bases and then he gave up a booming fly ball to right field!
We all know who’s in right, and the Wild Horse did not disappoint. He turned and ran…and ran…and reached up high to make an outstanding, running catch with his back to the plate! It was beautiful.
Puig stopped the Angels from scoring more than two in the inning, but those little runs looked gigantic the way the Dodgers were not hitting.
Newly called up Trayce Thompson decided he enough of the whiffs and baby bouncers and he went YARD to lead off the eighth. The boys were finally on the board, and the stadium exploded in cheers from the Dodgers faithful. Justin Turner hit one to the warning track in CF, but it was just a loud out.
In the ninth, it looked like the Dodgers were going to slink away quietly, after two quick strike outs. With two strikes on him, Yasmani Grandal caught a hanger of his own and blasted it over the wall and right in front if that stupid log ride in CF to tie the game. Anaheim went wild – with Dodgers fans!
“Dodger Stadium South has come alive here in the 9th inning.” — @Joe_Davis
Alas, it was all for naught. The skipper sent Pedro Baez to the mound in the ninth, and those crazy ghost angels from “Angels in the Outfield” came to life. First Chris Taylor, at shortstop, picked up an error allowing Ben Revere to reach. Then Pedro Baez uncorked a wild pitch advancing the runner to second. Yasmani Grandal allowed a strike three pitch to pass through his legs advancing Revere to third.
Grandal retreived the ball and threw to first – but the ball detoured into right field, and Revere rode home with the winning run. Just like that – Grandal went from the penthouse to the outhouse. That’s baseball.
Dodgers lose 3-2. Game Four tomorrow. Who woulda thunk we’d be here?
Who’s your Korean Daddy? Hyun-Jin struck out Mr. 500 Home Run Club Albert Pujols three times tonight.