Freeway Series concludes tonight in Anaheim

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It’s Los Angeles vs. Los Angeles in the Freeway Series between the Dodgers and the Angels. Today is the final game of the series that started at Dodger Stadium for two games and then moved to Anaheim for two.

Angels Outfielder Cameron Maybin

Angels fans will remember their team dominating in Game 1 when starting pitcher Ricky Nolasco notched his first win in nearly two months by shutting out the Dodgers for nearly seven innings, 6.1 to be exact. He might have pitched a full nine had he not been hit in the shin by a line drive.

The bullpen came in and held the shutout. Yunel Escobar drove in half the Angels’ runs with a single in the third and the Dodgers were chasing the Halos. Danny Espinosa drove in a run with a sac fly and Martin Maldonado capped off the Angels scoring with a homer in the 9th. The final score was 4-0.

The next night the Dodgers came back and returned the favor. Kenta Maeda had a spot start and pitched seven strong innings, giving up just four hits. Jesse Chavez took the loss for the Angels, getting tagged for two runs on 5.1 innings. Reliever Jose Alvarez came in and gave up a single to Cody Bellinger that scored Chase Utley and then Joc Pederson got a three-run homer to complete the Dodgers scoring. Final score: 4-0.

Dodgers Catcher Yasmani Grandal

Game 3 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim will be the most talked about meeting of the series, for how it ended. Ben Revere of the Angels scored from second base when Dodgers’ catcher Yasmani Grandal mishandled a low pitch from reliever Pedro Baez that went to the backstop. Cameron Maybin had swung on the pitch — which would have been a strike out — before the ball got passed Grandal. So Maybin took off for first base, Revere headed for third and Grandal tried to get Maybin out at first, but sent the ball over Chase Utley’s head, which then allowed Revere to score.

After the game the catcher said, “I knew exactly what I did wrong and I know exactly what I need to do right.”

Tonight the last game of the series gets started with Clayton Kershaw (11-2) taking the mound for the Dodgers and J.C. Ramirez (7-5) for the Angels. Game time is 7:07 p.m.

Photos by Claudia Gestro
Top photo: Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts at Angel Stadium