Dodgers Fall to Angels in Close Game

Los Angeles Dodgers

The Los Angeles Dodgers lost to the Angels for the second time in three games. The series between these local rivals has been a very entertaining one so far. There has been a great deal of drama for the fans of these teams to savor. However, the third game was by far the most dramatic of the series. Hyun-Jin Ryu and Alex Meyer hooked up in a terrifically pitched game on both sides. However, it was Meyer who was consistently able to make the big pitches when he needed to. Meyer tossed six innings of shutout ball. He allowed only one hit during that time. Ryu was not quite as effective. He went five and two-thirds innings and allowed two earned runs on seven hits.

The big blow for the Angels came in the sixth inning when Andrelton Simmons blasted his eighth home run of the year. It was a two-run shot. The Angels would later add another run and hold on for a tight 3-2 victory. Almost 47,000 people attended the game in Anaheim. The freeway series between the Angels and Dodgers has been a huge hit from the very beginning. In fact, there is talk that more games between the two teams will be added next year. However, this has not been confirmed.

The game ended in a very dramatic and unconventional way. Ben Revere was at second base for the Angels in the bottom of the ninth. Cameron Maybin struck out and the pitch went all the way to the backstop. Dodger catcher Yasmani Grandal ran back to retrieve the ball. He then threw the ball to first base to complete the strikeout of Maybin. However, the throw was just over the outstretched glove of Chase Utley. This allowed Revere to easily come around third and score the Angels third run to win the game.

Grandal took full responsibility for the poor throw when he was questioned by the media after the game. He said that he has to make a better throw to first in that situation with the game on the line. He said that he simply rushed the throw and the ball slipped out of his hand. The Angels and Dodgers will play one final game. The Dodgers will be looking to tie up the series at two games apiece. It will be Dodger ace Clayton Kershaw taking on JC Ramirez of the Angels in the series finale.