After sweeping the three games played at Dodger Stadium earlier in the year, the Los Angeles Dodgers looked to continue their success over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim as they began the second Freeway Series of the season. Winners in 11 of their last 13 games, the Dodgers sent Zack Greinke to the mound while the Angels started rookie Nick Tropeano.
Carl Crawford hit a bloop single to lead off the game and promptly stole second base. The runner in scoring position with no outs didn’t spell positive news for the Dodgers however, as Chase Utley and Adrian Gonzalez struck out, and Justin Turner lined out to end the top of the inning.
Greinke struck out Kole Calhoun and got Mike Trout to fly out on a curveball for two quick outs. Albert Pujols followed with a ground ball that got by a diving attempt from Turner, but was backed up properly by Corey Seager, who threw a dart to first base for the third out.
With one out in the top of the second, Seager doubled to the left-center field gap. A.J. Ellis followed with a looping base hit to center that put runners on the corners. Scott Van Slyke added to the string of hits with an RBI ground-rule double that gave the Dodgers a 1-0 lead.
The Angels quickly responded in the bottom of the second inning, as Greinke surrendered his 11th home run of the season to C.J. Cron to tie the game at 1-1. Erick Aybar and Carlos Perez also hit singles, but were left on base when Taylor Featherston flied out to center field.
Gonzalez drew a one-out walk in the third and moved into scoring position on Turner’s base hit. However, Andre Ethier and Seager flied out to left and Tropeano worked out of the minor brush with trouble. Greinke settled down in the bottom of third inning, retiring the first two batters faced.
Pujols kept the inning alive with a ground-rule double to right field, just out of Ethier’s reach, though it didn’t amount to anything for the Angels as David Murphy grounded out. Outside of allowing a two-out single to Pederson, Tropeano had an easy fourth inning of work.
Greinke retired the Angels in order in the bottom of the fourth, striking out David Freese to end the inning.
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