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Recap: Dodgers Come Back to Drop Angels in LA

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Jul 13, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Max Muncy (13) celebrates with first baseman Cody Bellinger (35) after hitting a home run against the Los Angeles Angels in the first inning at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

If you weren’t one of the lucky ones in attendance in Los Angeles Friday night, you missed a heck of a game. The Dodgers and Angeles played all the way down to the wire with Los Angeles eventually squeaking out the victory late in the game.

The Offense

It was another night where the Dodgers’ bats took quite some time to wake up. That is, after Max Muncy started things off with a bang. Muncy went deep for his 22nd home run of the season, and then the bats went quiet again.

The Dodgers sprinkled hits in here and there, but could not retake the lead until the 7th inning. Logan Forsythe, of all people got things going late. He came in to pinch-hit and ripped a leadoff single. Joc Pederson followed with a double down the line to put runners at the corners, and the Dodgers were in business. Enter Max Muncy again.

Muncy ripped a single into right that would knock in two runs, as Kole Calhoun’s errant throw got by. the Dodgers would not relinquish the lead after that.

The Defense

Any night where Kenley Jansen is not available to pitch is pretty scary. But the Dodgers and their bullpen got it done yet again in this one. Walker Buehler tossed five innings, and his only mistakes both came to Calhoun. He allowed two runs and six hits to go along with his five strikeouts.

Caleb Ferguson came on in relief, and tossed two perfect innings. He face six Halos and struck out three en route to one of the best outing he’s had in his career. Erik Goeddel followed that up with a hitless inning of his own, and even struck out Mike Trout.

Scott Alexander worked the ninth, and got into some trouble. Ohtani came up with a big one-out double, and then moved over on an infield tapper. But Alexander got David Fletcher to ground to Max Muncy at third, and the Dodgers went around the horn to end the game.

Looking Ahead

Alex Wood will take the ball in Saturday’s matchup, coming off of a three-run performance last week against the Angels. He will square off against Andrew Heaney, who himself is also coming off of a three-run performance against Los Angeles last week. He struck out ten in that game, and his only mistake came with Yasiel Puig’s three-run home run.

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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