The Halos nabbed the opening game of their series against the Los Angeles Dodgers to bring their record to 33-29 on the season.
The 1st inning was a rough one for the Angels. In the top half they failed to score in a bases-loaded, one-out scenario. In the bottom half, the Dodgers jumped out to a 2-0 lead after getting runners on second and third with none out to start the inning.
Garrett Richards labored through five decent innings in his second start of the season. Richards struggled to command the strike zone early in the game, but settled in and held the Dodgers at two for the duration of his outing.
Mike Trout, whose first inning gaffe allowed one of the Dodgers’ runs to score, smacked his sixth home run of the season in the 4th inning to cut the deficit in half and make it a 2-1 ballgame.
Trout wouldn’t stop there. In the 6th, he singled Erick Aybar in, advanced to second on the throw home, then stole third. Trout was stranded at third. It would have been a solid great day for the 20-year-old had he stopped there, but he didn’t.
With the game tied at 2-2, Trout worked a one-out, eight-pitch walk in the 9th inning. He quickly swiped second on the first pitch to Torii Hunter. Hunter struck out and Albert Pujols came to the plate. On a 3-1 offering from Kenley Jansen, Pujols singled to center and Trout scored.
Ernesto Frieri came on to close out the game in the 9th. Frieri worked through the bottom of the Dodgers’ order. Entering the appearance, Frieri had struck out at least one batter in every one of his outings as an Angel. The Dodgers ended that streak last night, but I’m sure their not happy with the results.
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