Dodgers Get Another Tie in the Spring

I don’t know about you but I cannot wait for the regular season now because ties bore the hell out of me.

There were still a lot of positives though in the Dodgers 4-4 tie against the cross-town rivals, the Angels. Puig played which is a good sign after an inflamed shoulder but went 0-4 and Dan Haren pitched extremely well for his 4 innings with three hits and three strikeouts.

2 batters in and the excitement had started. Mike Trout bombed one to deep left center and a diving effort from Yasiel Puig wasn’t enough to stop the ball. Puig raced back to retrieve the bouncing ball and fired it in to Hanley Ramirez. Han-Ram threw a dart to AJ Ellis at the plate on a one hoper to tag the runner just in time. The play went upstairs and the call was upheld for the second out to keep the score 0-0.

The Dodgers runs all came off one big strike from Scott Van Slyke for the second grand slam in as many days for LA, this time off the pitching of Dane De La Rosa. He smashed the pitch to deep left field that sent the crowd crazy up on the hill.

Today’s game crowd was the biggest the Dodgers had reached all spring, most likely because it was against the Angels.

The Angels scored their first run in the seventh off Frias but not before Haren and Guerra combined for 6 scoreless innings. Javi went 2 innings with 3H, 1BB, 1K and looked very good up on the hill.

The run was a sacrifice fly to score Chad Tracy after he singled and then moved to third on a double by Romine.

The next two innings didn’t go well for LA’s pitchers.  Anderson pitched the 8th and gave up a single and a walk and then pitched the ninth and conceded a walk and then hit John Hester to get him self out of the game to be replaced by Daniel Moskos. Daniel’s first batter was C.J. Bron and he smacked a ball way back and out of the park to tie things up at 4.

One inning of extras was to be played and the Dodgers threatened in the 10th with men on first and third and Dee Gordon to hit for the lead. Dee smoked a ball down the first base line only to be robbed a hit after Angels manager Mike Sioscia moved the first baseman back from playing in to stop a bunt with Gordon’s speed.

The bottom of the 10th was a bit of an anti climax for the game as the Angels went down in order to secure a 4-4 tie.

The Dodgers are now 3 wins, 4 losses and 2 ties in training for the 22nd of March when they take on the Arizona Diamondbacks at the SCG.


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