With the backed of the Los Angeles Dodgers starting rotation struggling as of late, Zack Greinke took the mound against his former team looking to right the ship for the Boys in Blue.
Instead, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim jumped on Greinke early behind a trio of consecutive hits. Kole Calhoun opened the game with a flare single to left field and that was followed by a Mike Trout RBI double to left.
Carl Crawford attempted to make a sliding catch on Trout’s hit, but came up empty and had to retrieve the ball as it rolled to the left-field wall. Albert Pujols hit the first pitch he saw for an RBI double and the Angels took a quick 2-0 lead. After Erick Aybar stole second base, Howie Kendrick reached on a Hanley Ramirez error that resulted in Aybar scoring.
Kendrick took second on Greinke’s second wild pitch of the inning and scored on David Freese’s two-out single. Hanley Ramirez hit a leadoff single in the second inning and Garrett Richards walked Matt Kemp to put two on with none out.
Richards then retired the next two batters before walking A.J. Ellis to load the bases with two outs. Greinke was unable to help himself as he flied out to right on the first pitch. The Dodgers’ next baserunner didn’t come until Crawford’s two-out single in the fourth, but he was stranded as Juan Uribe grounded out to Aybar.
After retiring the side in order in the fifth, Greinke gave up a solo home run to Josh Hamilton to leadoff the sixth and the Angels lead grew to 5-0. Richards shut the Dodgers down in the sixth and again in the seventh to keep the Angels’ five-run lead intact.
Carlos Frias made his MLB debut in the eighth inning and allowed nothing more than a single to Pujols. Dee Gordon reached on an infield single in the eighth and was stranded by Yasiel Puig and Adrian Gonzalez.
Richards stayed on in the ninth and earned his first career shutout.
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