The Angels knocked off the Los Angeles Dodger by a score of 2-1 to win the final game of their three-game series. Both teams’ failure to drive runners in contributed to the low scoring game.
Recently extended Andre Ethier started off the scoring in the bottom of the 1st inning, when he pummeled a ball to deep right for a two-out double that scored a quick Elian Herrera from first. Ethier advance to third on the throw home, but was stranded there after a groundball ended the inning.
Alberto Callaspo began the top of the 2nd inning with his third home run of the season, cranking a solo schwinger off Dodgers’ starter Nate Eovaldi. Callaspo, interestingly enough, is tied for fourth among Angel hitters in fWAR. Defense counts for something too, folks.
As the innings went by Eovaldi and Angels’ starter C.J. Wilson found themselves working into and out of jams. In the 4th inning the Angels failed to capitalize on a no-out, bases loaded situation when Erick Aybar grounded into a double play and John Hester struck out.
Aybar made up for the GIDP in the top of the 9th inning, when Kenley Jansen left a cut fastball right down the middle. Aybar smacked the baseball over the wall in right field to give the Angels a 2-1 lead.
In the bottom of the 9th inning Ernesto Frieri came on for the save. Things got a bit dicey when the Dodgers created a first and third scenario with none out. Juan Uribe grounded to shortstop and the runner at third A.J. Ellis broke for home. The Angels were able to make the out, but runners advanced to second and third as Ellis evaded catcher John Hester. The next batter, Tony Gwynn Jr., watched a low 1-2 pitch cross through the strike zone for the third strike. Bobby Abreu came to the plate with an opportunity to play the hero for the Dodgers, but grounded out to Frieri.
Tonight, the Angels have a day off to travel and prepare for three games against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
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