With Tyler Skaggs on the mound for the Angels, Yasiel Puig started off the game with a leadoff grounder up the middle. Skaggs was unphased after striking out Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez to finish the inning. Dan Haren gave up a single to Mike Trout, and Albert Pujols followed up with an RBI double to give the Halos the 1-0 lead. David Freese doubled and sent Pujols home putting two on the board for Anaheim.

In the second, Skaggs logged his third and fourth strikeout of the game for another scoreless inning, and Don Mattingly made a handful of lineup changes shortly after to rest his starters for Opening Day. Haren struggled again at the bottom of the inning to say the least. After he gave up a bomb to Kole Calhoun with batters on first and third, Mike Trout went yard. Haren was taken out of the game after just two innings of work with the Angels up 6-0.

Turner responded at the top of the third with a leadoff double followed by a single to right field from A.J. Ellis. Finding himself with the bases loaded with two outs, Skaggs ended up allowing two runs making the score 6-2. Brandon League entered the game for Haren allowing only one hit in a scoreless inning to close the third. In the fourth, Skaggs was replaced by Cory Rasmus after giving up two hits and a walk. Matt Magill took over for League in the bottom of the fourth, and Brendan Harris grabbed a Trout line drive to force the double play at the end of the inning.

Rasmus logged three quick outs to start the fifth inning. At the bottom of the fifth, Hamilton drew the walk from Magill and advanced to third thanks to a line drive to right from David Freese. After walking Raul Ibanez, Magill loaded the bases but got himself out of the jam by forcing the double play.

Mick Maronde took the mound for the Angels in the sixth for an easy three outs, and Magill stayed in the game for the bottom of the inning and allowed no hits. Heading into the seventh, Jeremy Berg replaced Maronde and threw three consecutive strikeouts. Red Patterson was called from the bullpen to pitch the bottom of the inning and responded with two strikeouts to close the seventh. The score remained 6-2 Angels going into the eighth inning.

After allowing Jamie Romak to reach second, Berg was replaced by Cam Bedrosian at the top of the inning. Bedrosian logged the final out of the inning for the Angels with a fly out from Joc Pederson. Collin Cowgil hit a leadoff double off of Patterson, but the 26-year-old remained focused through the rest of the inning. Ernesto Fieri successfully closed out the game for the Halos to as they claimed their second win of the three game series.
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Nadia Tseng is a UCLA student looking to pursue a career in the film or sports industries. A New York sports fan at heart, she co-hosts an MLB talk show for UCLA Radio and is currently an editorial intern for Screen International.

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