After taking the opener of the Freeway Series, the Los Angeles Dodgers sent Clayton Kershaw to the mound coming off extra rest. Kershaw tied a career high with 15 strikeouts and 132 pitches thrown in his previous outing, which was a complete-game win against the San Francisco Giants.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim rookie pitcher Andrew Heaney didn’t start his night of work on the right foot as he gave up a leadoff home run to Justin Ruggiano in the first inning. However, just as they did Monday night, the Angels quickly responded as Kole Calhoun battled back from an 0-2 count to lead off the bottom of the first with a game-tying solo home run.
Like Heaney, Kershaw retired the next three batters faced, ending the inning by striking out C.J. Cron. The Dodgers went down quietly in the second inning with Heaney retiring the side in order. Kershaw followed suit in the bottom of the second, along with picking up his second strikeout of the game.
Alex Guerrero flashed some rare patience and it paid off as he opened the third with a walk. Ruggiano continued his hot hitting with the Dodgers by pulling an inside pitch for a ground-rule double to left field that left two runners in scoring position with one out.
Heaney threw a wild pitch with Chase Utley at the plate, allowing Guerrero to score and the Dodgers to take a 1-0 lead. Utley wound up striking out and Justin Turner drew a two-out walk, though Heaney retired Adrian Gonzalez to prevent any further damage.
Following a Taylor Featherston strikeout, Calhoun improved to 2-for-2 on the night with a two-out base hit. However, nothing came of it for the Angels as Mike Trout struck out looking to end the inning. Corey Seager reached on a base hit in the fourth and was on his way to second base as part of a hit-and-run with A.J. Ellis at the plate.
Seager was forced to return to first base as Ellis flied to right field for the second out. The rookie shortstop was then stranded with Guerrero flying to left. Kershaw pitched a clean bottom half by retiring the side for the second time in the game.
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