Anaheim-- Well, are you even surprised with how the game ended? I sure as hell wasn't.
The Dodgers lost a close one to their crosstown rivals the Anaheim Angels in a 5-3 debacle. Los Angeles starter Hyun-Jin Ryu pitched another quality start giving up only one earned run through 6 innings. Ryu, from the start of it, did not possess his best stuff as he grinded through at-bats against a pesky Angels lineup, including striking out perennial MVP Mike Trout twice to end the inning.
Los Angeles took an early 2-0 lead in the second inning after an RBI double from Chris Taylor that scored Russell Martin and Corey Seager, while Kike Hernandez followed with an RBI double to make it 3-0. In the bottom of the second inning, Kole Calhoun hit a rare home run off Ryu — his first allowed since April 26th — to cut the lead in half to 2-1 after two innings.
Many figured this would be a slugfest after temperatures reached over triple digits in Los Angeles and Orange County today, but instead, we witnessed surprisingly good pitching (or maybe it was just bad hitting).
Angels rookie Griffin Canning shut the Dodgers down, allowing just five hits over six innings and retiring 10 out of 11 batters at one point, and getting his first experience in the Freeway Series in front of a sold-out crowd of 45,477, an Angels record — good job Dodgers fans!
A few bad habits caught up for L.A. tonight. 1. They left 7 on runners on base, which has been a common theme for them it seems like as of late. 2. The bullpen was just straight-up horrible. Ross Stripling entered the game in the seventh and recorded two outs before Dave Roberts made another pitching change; this time Dylan Floro was put in to face Mike Trout. After struggling throughout the night picking up Ryu, Trout was glad to see someone else on the mound as he swatted a game-tying 2-run home run in the seventh inning to send the Angels stadium into a frenzy. Floro retired the next batter to end the inning, but enough damage was done. The Dodgers blew another opportunity in the top eighth inning as Ty Buttrey somehow got out of the top frame unscathed. In the eighth inning, things started to get a little wild. Joe Kelly performed his best Ricky Vaughn impression as the Angels scored two runs on no hits to take the lead in the eighth inning, raising his ERA to 7.59. Now listen to what I just said: They scored two runs on 0 HITS. That is what happens when you give up three walks and two wild pitches in one inning. I am just utterly disgusted about everything Joe Kelly does. When was the last time you saw a team score two runs on no hits? That's little-league-esque if I've ever seen it. He was throwing fastballs over batter’s heads, behind them, spiking pitches straight into the dirt, and even throwing a curveball pitch so bad it hit Dodgers catcher Russell Martin in the throat. After everything, he amazingly didn't give up more than two runs, but he still embarrassed himself mightily. Two singles to start the ninth gave Dodgers fans hope that something magical was going to happen, but that hope was short-lived as Hansel Robles retired the next three batters to preserve a 5-3 win for the Angels. Kenta Maeda takes the ball tomorrow night at 10:07 ET against possible opener, Felix Pena.