The Los Angeles Dodgers returned home Tuesday and opened up a two-game Interleague series against the Oakland Athletics. Brett Anderson faced his former team for the first time in his career. He also returned from an Achilles injury suffered in his last start that luckily did not require a stint on the disabled list. Anderson faced off against Oakland’s ace, Sonny Gray.
Athletics leadoff man Billy Burns lined a single up the middle on the first pitch of the game that forced Anderson to duck out of the way to avoid being struck on the head. After a four-pitch walk to put two on with no outs, Anderson got three groundball outs, which allowed the A’s to take a 1-0 lead.
Gray was flawless in the bottom half of the first, retiring the Dodgers in order on just 10 pitches. Oakland right fielder Josh Reddick led off the top of the second with a double that went off the glove of a diving Joc Pederson in right-center field. Reddick was not able to score though, as Anderson got two groundouts and a strike out to end the inning.
It only took Gray eight pitches to retire the Dodgers in the second as he struck out one and got two grounders. After neither offense could yield a baserunner in the third, Anderson continued to be the ground ball pitcher that he is, getting a trio of them while only giving up a two-out single to Reddick en route to another scoreless inning in the fourth.
The Dodgers managed to get their first baserunner of the game with two outs in the bottom of the fourth on an Adrian Gonzalez double down the right field line. Nothing came of it as Gray then got Yasmani Grandal swinging to end the inning, preserving Oakland’s 1-0 lead.
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