The Dodgers rebounded from a tough stupid loss on Friday with a 3-1 win over the Angels to even the Freeway Series on Fox Saturday baseball amidst sweltering heat conditions in Southern California. It wasn’t the heat coming from the sun, but from the golden right arm of Ross Stripling who stifled the Halos to win his seventh decision. Ross the boss limited the Angels to just one earned run on three hits and struck out seven over six strong frames. The Dodger bats did the damage with a two-run single from Justin Turner in the top of the fifth. The boys in blue hit only one home run (Yasiel Puig solo shot in the eighth) and three of their four hits were singles.
Speaking of only hitting one home run, the lone Angels rally consisted of a Mike Trout solo home run in the bottom of the sixth for the struggling Anaheim club. Trout was held to only three hits, which is a major accomplishment. The Angels had four hits as well and Trout (two singles and a home run) had three of them.
Both teams certainly had their chances to blow the game open, especially the Angels. The Angels left two on in the first, two on in the third, and two more runners stranded in the seventh. The Angels were 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position and left seven men on base. Credit the Dodger pitching staff for another solid game. The Angels gave the ball to right hander Deck McGuire. Gotta be honest here, I’ve never heard of him before tonight. Yet the Dodgers could not hit him. McGuire tossed three shutout innings allowing a mere hit and struck out six.
Dodgers 3 4 1
Angels 1 4 0
The Dodger top of the fifth was the game changer. Puig singled to lead-off and Enrique Hernandez walked. After an inexplicable sacrifice from Joc Pederson moved the runners to second and third, Max Muncy struck out. With two outs, Justin Turner’s liner into right scored two, (with Hernandez making a nifty slide past Martin Maldonado) giving the Dodgers a two-run lead. Yasiel Puig’s massive blast off the rocks in center in the top of the ninth gave the Dodgers an extended 3-1 lead.
Five relievers, (Erik Goeddel, Edward Parades, Daniel Hudson, Scott Alexander, and Kenley Jansen) limited the Angels to one hit and one walk over the last three innings. For Kenley it was a nice respite as he tossed a perfect ninth to record his 24th save. Joc didn’t have a good game with the bat going 0 for 3 but at least made this awesome sprawled out catch to rob Pujols of a hit in the bottom of the first.
Turner served as the DH tonight with Kemp slotting in there on Friday. Let’s see who gets the DH spot on Sunday night as the Dodgers look for a series win in the rubber game. Alex Wood and Andrew Heaney will take the mound with the game televised on ESPN Sunday night baseball.