Kenta Maeda pitched three perfect innings with four strikeouts, but the Angels rallied in the seventh inning off of Dodgers’ reliever Brandon Morrow. The Dodgers held the Angels hitless through six innings, but C.J. Cron hit a go-ahead two-run single and the Angels took the lead for good.
Yunel Escobar started the Angels’ rally with a lead-off single in the bottom of the seventh inning, breaking up the no-hitter. Mike Trout then doubled Albert Pujols walked. Morrow found himself in a bases-loaded jam with only one out. This set up for Cron’s two-run single. Morrow threw what looked like a breaking ball and Cron got his bat on the ball and hit it to left field. Cameron Maybin then hit a single to center field that drove in one more run.
Austin Barnes hit a solo home run in the top of the ninth inning, sparking what seemed to be a Dodgers’ rally. Franklin Gutierez was hit by a pitch, then DJ Peters hit a double to left field. The Dodgers had runners on second and third with two outs. The tying run was 90 feet from the plate when Scott Van Slyke stepped up to bat. He worked the count 2-2 then hit a groundball to shortstop and was thrown out.
Rich Hill will get the start in game two of the freeway series. He will likely pitch three innings in his final tune-up before the regular season. The game will start at 7:07 pm PT at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. It will be televised on SportsNet LA and MLB Network.