Andre Ethier’s ground ball, David Freese’s throwing error give Dodgers 5-4 victory over Angels

first_imgIt wasn’t surprising that much of the pre-game talk ahead of Game 2 of the Freeway Series centered on Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers and Mike Trout of the Angels. This is Trout’s fourth major-league season — third full one — yet he had never faced Kershaw during a regular-season game prior to Tuesday.“He’s got dominant stuff, and it’s going to be fun,” Trout said before the first pitch.The Angels and Trout were up to the challenge early and got to Kershaw for three runs over the first three innings. But Kershaw gave up nothing else. His ability to buckle down paid dividends when now seldom-used Andre Ethier hit a ground ball to Angels third baseman David Freese in the bottom of the ninth inning off reliever Kevin Jepsen. With one out and runners at first and third and the infield in, Freese threw a bit wide to catcher Chris Iannetta, who could not handle the throw, and Juan Uribe scored to give the Dodgers a 5-4 victory before 53,051 at Dodger Stadium. Freese was given an error on the play.Uribe, who had singled and went to third on a hit-and-run single by A.J. Ellis, also hit a three-run home run in the second inning.The first-place Dodgers (64-50) picked up a game on the Giants and now lead them by 2 1/2 games in the NL West. The Angels (67-45) fell two games behind Oakland in the AL West.Kenley Jansen (2-3) was filthy in striking out the side in the top of the ninth to earn the victory.Even though Ethier’s bat produced nothing more than a bouncing ball that was not properly handled, manager Don Mattingly praised Ethier for putting the ball in play against a tough nut like Jepsen, who came in with an ERA of 1.75, and for acting professionally after being demoted to the bench recently. “Hopefully, we’ve thrown all the egos out the door and just trying to win games in a pennant race, so it was good to see him come through,” Mattingly said of Ethier, who had only six at-bats this month before Tuesday and lots of DNPs since the third week of July.Said Ethier: “It’s a matter of putting a good quality swing on the ball. You can see what happens when, sometimes, you just put the ball in play.”“It went off my glove,” Iannetta said of the throw by Freese. “You want to make sure you’re not blocking the plate before the play’s even made. The throw pulled me in.”Kershaw tossed seven innings and gave up three earned runs on seven hits. He struck out seven and walked two while throwing 104 pitches. Though he was roughed up early, he did not allow a hit over his final four innings of work.Iannetta had a two-run double off him in the second and Albert Pujols had an RBI double in the third that scored Trout. When Kershaw left he was in line for the victory, but Brian Wilson gave up a home run to Pujols in the eighth inning that tied the game. It was No. 513 in Pujols’ career, and put him alone in 21st place all-time; he was tied with Ernie Banks and Eddie Matthews. As for the Trout-Kershaw matchup, Trout went 2 for 3. He had an infield single in the first inning, a double leading off the third and struck out looking in the fifth. Kershaw, however, refused to speak about that matchup.“I’m not going to talk about individual at-bats,” he said. “I mean, he’s a great hitter and he got two hits tonight, so tip your cap.”Trout had no problem talking about Kershaw, though.“I love watching guys like that,” he said. “He battled through the first couple innings. He still went seven strong. My first at-bat, after I saw that curveball, I was glad I took it. It was pretty filthy. I was seeing pitches my first at-bat. Second at-bat, I was being aggressive. The third at-bat, he just painted me. It was pretty cool facing him.”The Dodgers also got a gift run in the sixth, thanks in part to a throwing error by Freese and one by Iannetta for a 4-3 lead. Hector Santiago started for the Angels. He went 5 1/3 innings and gave up four runs — three earned — on five hits while striking out two and walking three. He threw 94 pitches.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Inside the Dodgers: Some odds and ends from the 2020 All-Star Game press conference

first_imgLos Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti said the direct impact of Dodger Stadium hosting an All-Star Game is expected to reach $89 million in spending. But wait, there’s more.“There’s ancillary parties, people who will rent out the Grammy Museum, be at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, people spend money in restaurants, nightclubs, they do special events,” Garcetti said. “All those things have multiplier effects.”And how does that compare to L.A.’s other big events next year?“This will be the biggest event of 2020,” Garcetti said. “Things like the Oscars and Grammys are big, but not as many people participate them in directly.”3. Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes?Baseball made sweeping changes to its All-Star election process and Home Run Derby incentives this year. I asked Manfred what kind of feedback he’s received so far, and whether that might lead to changes between this year and next year.“When we finish – we’re just out of Cleveland – we always take a look at what we’ve done,” he said. “We take into consideration that this is a very different city from Cleveland in terms of the layout of the various venues, so we always look at those things and try to tailor the program of events to fit the city, taking into account what worked well and what didn’t the year before.”4. Other odds and endsRoss Yoshida is the Dodgers’ principal graphic designer, but he wasn’t responsible for the All-Star Game logo. The design team was employed by MLB, which runs the event. … Walter O’Malley had an indirect influence on the renovation plans. … Gambling in the stadium and naming rights for various portions of the stadium are also reportedly under consideration for 2020. … The only other known statue of Sandy Koufax is in Massachusetts.-J.P.More Dodgers readingHosed – Two Angels outfielders threw runners out at home plate in the Dodgers’ loss Tuesday.Stay hot – “It’s pretty easy to make an argument that (Gavin) Lux is the hottest hitter in the Minor Leagues,” writes MLB.com’s William Boor.Getting to know you – Dodgers minor leaguers Luis Rodriguez and Josiah Gray made Prospects 360’s list of the top fringe prospects in the game. 1. The commissioner didn’t mandate expanded netting at Dodger Stadium.The Dodgers revealed plans to expand netting back in June. Commissioner Rob Manfred said this wasn’t mandated as a condition of the stadium receiving the 2020 All-Star Game.“I have been careful about individual ballparks,” he said Tuesday. “Our approach has been consistent. The clubs have been very really forthcoming over the last five years about extending netting. We have a lot more netting than we’ve ever had. I think you’re seeing a new wave of changes, a number of clubs have already announced. I think others will. Each stadium is constructed differently and it’s really an issue that while we encourage the clubs, we most appropriately leave it to them to decide when and how they’re going to expand their netting.”In fact, Manfred said none of the stadium upgrades announced Tuesday were required as conditions for receiving the All-Star Game. As for the netting, my understanding is that some key details are still being worked out. I was told only to expect them by the end of this season, not necessarily in August (as was reported elsewhere Tuesday). The nets will definitely be widened, and possibly heightened as well.2. This is a big event, even for Los Angeles. Editor’s note: This is the Wednesday, July 24 edition of the Inside the Dodgers newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.There was a lot of news to be gleaned at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday. Sandy Koufax is getting a statue. Dodger Stadium is getting a perimeter concourse around the outfield, new elevators, new escalators, and two acres of re-imagined space beyond the outfield bleachers among $100 million of renovations.Oh, and the Dodgers are getting the 2020 All-Star Game – but you knew that already.I wanted to use this newsletter to unload a few things easily overlooked amid all the hoopla, the videos, the logo unveiling, and a rare public appearance by Vin Scully.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more