Stellar efforts from Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw resulted in two wins for the Los Angeles Dodgers and put them in position to complete a three-game Freeway Series sweep of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on Sunday.
The first inning of Mat Latos’ Dodgers debut that translated to facing Mike Trout with a runner on first base and one out. The reigning American League MVP fouled off multiple pitches to stay alive before getting fooled and striking out swinging. Albert Pujols followed with a groundout and Latos had a scoreless inning in the books.
Cory Rasmus started the bullpen game for the Angels and gave up a one-out double to Howie Kendrick. Nothing came of it for the Dodgers as Adrian Gonzalez was jammed and popped out, and Andre Ethier grounded out. Both Latos and Rasmus had an easier second inning as each retired the side in order.
Johnny Giavotella lined a two-out single to center field in the third and quickly stole second base. Yasmani Grandal’s throw was wide and sailed into center field, allowing Giavotella to advance to third on the error. Kole Calhoun lined to right and the game remained a scoreless tie.
A fortunate break in the bottom of the third led to trouble for Rasmus. Jimmy Rollins pulled a chopper to Albert Pujols’ right and the ball skipped off his glove as he gave it a diving attempt. Giavotella was backing up the play, but his throw wasn’t anywhere near first base and Rollins reached on an infield single.
Two pitches later Kendrick improved to 2-for-2 on the day by hitting a two-run home run to center field that gave the Dodgers a 2-0 lead.
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