DLD-RECAP: Dodgers Sizzle while Angels Fizzle in Freeway Series Finale

 

Dodgers rookie catcher Keibert Ruiz hits a solo home run during the third inning against the Angels on Sunday.
(David J. Phillip / Associated Press)

Post-Game Briefing

While everyone in Southern California endured a weekend heatwave, the Dodgers opened the final game of the weekend looking to sweep the three-game series from the struggling Angels.  Though the Angels struck first, the Dodgers answered back with eight runs (including four homers) and earned a commanding 8-3 victory over the LA Angeles.  The win improves the Dodgers season record 16-7 and their win streak to five games.  They have yet to lose a season series.  

The offense stumbled early.  Chris Taylor reached on a fielding error, then immediately got caught in a rundown. With two outs, Edwin Rios doubled, but injured his hamstring sliding into second. Rios stayed in the game, and Matt Beaty followed with a single to center field. Beaty was thrown out trying to stretch the single into a double; since Rios hadn’t hobbled across home plate by then, the run didn’t count.

The Dodgers made up for that messy 2nd inning with a three-run 3rd started by catcher Keibert Ruiz, making his MLB debut. Ruiz homered in his first major league at bat, sending a fly ball into the right field stands. After a single by Mookie Betts, Max Muncy launched a two-run homer into the right-center field stands, giving the Dodgers a 3-1 lead. In the 4th, the Dodgers padded their lead, scoring another four runs on a Mookie Betts single and a Corey Seager three-run dinger, making the score 7-1. In the 6th, Matt Beaty’s solo home run tacked on an additional run. 

Dustin May opened today game looking to win his 2nd game of the season. May pitched a solid game, despite giving up a RBI single to Max Stassi in the 2nd and a solo home run to Anthony Rendon in the 4th.  He wasn’t able to go the required five innings to get the win; Dave Roberts pulled him with one out in the 5th. May finished the day going 4.1 innings while giving up 2 runs on 7 hits and striking out 2. The bullpen picked up the slack, going 4.2 innings giving up one run (a solo home run to Brian Goodwin) and three hits. Scott Alexander got the win.  

SCORING PLAYS

Bot 2nd: Max Stassi RBI single (1-0 LAA)

Top 3rd: Keibert Ruiz solo home run (1-1 LAD/LAA)

Top 3rd: Max Muncy 2-run home run (3-1 LAD)

Top 4th: Mookie Betts RBI single (4-1 LAD)

Top 4th: Corey Seager 3-run home run (7-1 LAD)

Bot 4th: Anthony Rendon solo home run (7-2 LAD)

Top 6th: Matt Beaty solo home run (8-2 LAD)

Bot 6th: Brian Goodwin solo home run (8-3 LAD)

DLD PLAY OF THE GAME

Today’s DLD Play Of The Game goes to Keibert Ruiz, who hit a solo home run into the right field seats in his first major league at bat.  He is the first Dodger to homer in his first major league at bat since Gary Ingrim on May 19, 1994.  Congratulations to Keibert Ruiz and welcome to the big leagues!

DLD PLAYER OF THE GAME

Today’s DLD Player OF The Game goes to Matt Beaty, who went 3-for-4, scoring two runs and launching a solo homer in the 6th. 

UP NEXT

The Dodgers open up a short two-game series at Dodger Stadium against the Seattle Mariners.  Ross Stripling (3-1, 3.97 ERA, 20K) will take the mound for the Dodgers. The Mariners will send Justin Dunn (1-1, 4.85 ERA, 8 Ks).  The game time for Monday is 6:40, and it will be broadcast on SportsNet LA and AM 570.  


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