The Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim continued on with the Freeway Series Friday night in the penultimate game of the spring before Opening Day. Following the 3-2 loss on Thursday, Brandon McCarthy was on the mound facing Andrew Heaney in the second of the three-game set.
Jimmy Rollins lead off for the Dodgers got on base after getting hit by the pitch on his leg. Heaney then recorded two outs before walking Howie Kendrick and Scott Van Slyke to load the bases issued walks. Yasmani Grandal worked a full count, but flied out to Mike Trout to end the inning. McCarthy looked solid in his first inning of work, retiring the side in order, including a strikeout of Albert Pujols.
In the second, Heaney regained control, striking out Juan Uribe and Justin Turner. Joc Pederson hit a routine ground ball to second and reached safely on a bad throw. However, Pederson was then picked off by former Dodgers catcher Drew Butera. In the bottom of the second, McCarthy lost some of the control he had in the first inning.
The Dodger right-hander hit Matt Joyce to open the inning and it was followed by a David Freese two-run home run that gave the Angels a 2-0 lead. Van Slyke made a nice diving catch in left field for the first out of the inning and McCarthy allowed nothing more than a one-out single as the Dodgers trailed heading into the third.
Heaney worked a quick third inning, retiring the side in order. McCarthy followed suit by getting through the top of the Angels’ lineup without allowing a runner to reach base. Heaney retired the first two batters he faced in the fourth before issuing a two-out walk to Yasmani Grandal.
The walk would be the lone blemish of the inning as the young left-hander retired Juan Uribe.
Paco Rodriguez took over for McCarthy and struck out Matt Joyce. It was the only batter Rodriguez faced as manager Don Mattingly brought the hook in the form of Juan Nicasio.
Freese greeted Nicasio with a single to left, but the Angels would make nothing of it as the next two batters were retired and they settled for a 2-0 lead after four innings.
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