In their first game following the busy non-waiver trade deadline, the Los Angeles Dodgers began the Freeway Series against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Clayton Kershaw was scheduled to start the game, but was scratched for a second time in three days due to nagging hip soreness.
The changed move Zack Greinke’s start up one day to face the team he pitched for in the second half of the 2012 season. He gave up a one-out single to Kole Calhoun, then ended the inning by getting Mike Trout to ground into a double play.
Howie Kendrick got the Dodgers offense started against his old team, hitting a solo home run on the second pitch he saw from Hector Santiago. Pitching with a 1-0 lead, Greinke fooled veteran Albert Pujols and struck him out to begin the top of the second.
That set the tone as David Murphy and Erick Aybar were both retired for a 1-2-3 inning. Santiago matched Greinke by ending the Dodgers half of the second inning on just four pitches. Kiké Hernandez led off the bottom of the third, but it didn’t amount to anything for the Dodgers despite an opportunity to blow the game open.
Greinke failed to get a sacrifice bunt down and popped up for the first out. Jimmy Rollins reached on a base hit and Adrian Gonzalez drew a two-out walk to load the bases. Santiago fell behind in the count 2-0 to Scott Van Slyke before getting him to pop out, keeping the Dodgers’ lead at only 1-0.
Calhoun hit a one-out single in the fourth, moving to 2-for-2 on the night. He then came around to score on Trout’s RBI triple. Greinke walked David Murhpy on four pitches, though the Angels failed to capitalize on the inning being extended.
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