The Los Angeles Dodgers beat the NOT Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, of Orange County, tonight by a score of 3-0 in the first game of the Freeway Series.
Hyun-jin Ryu was perfect in his last exhibition outing before his debut start Tuesday night against the Giants. Ryu pitched four scoreless frames, and didn’t allow a single base runner. He whiffed four and made 47 pitches. Ryu was followed by Paco Rodriguez, Kevin Gregg, Matt Guerrier, Ronald Belisario, Kenley Jansen, and Brandon League shut the door in the ninth to pick up the save.
Opposing starter and former Dodger Bum Joe Blanton, also known as Bumton pitched almost just as well as Ryu, and left after six frames in a scoreless tie. Blanton allowed five hits, walked none and whiffed four.
It was the Halo’s weak bullpen that let the game get away. Ironically it was former Dodger and just recently released Mark Lowe who allowed the first run in the top of the seventh. Juan Uribe, who had two hits in the game and made several great defensive plays singled to center to lead off the frame. Two outs later with Uribe at second, Tim Federowicz also known as Fedex, delivers a priority overnight express RBI single to left to score Uribe. Feastmode slides in just ahead of the weak throw from Mike Trout. 1-0 Blue!
The Dodgers tacked on two more runs in the top of the eighth off Halo noob Austin Wood. Mark Ellis singles, and scores easily on a Matt Kemp triple into the right field corner. Bison would then score on an Andre Ethier Sacrifice fly. The Angels only had two hits the entire game, and looked asleep at the wheel.
I know it’s just an exhibition game, but I love beating the Angels. I don’t care if it’s exhibition, regular season, or tiddlywinks, beating the Halos is just pure joy. The Freeway series continues tomorrow, as the Dodgers take on the Angels in the first game at Dodger Stadium in 2013. The Dodgers return home to get a first hand look at the new improvements to Dodger Stadium. I’ll be there tomorrow in the Press Box. The Dodgers are holding a special press conference tomorrow afternoon at 1:30 PM to discuss the new upgrades to Dodger Stadium. Join us tomorrow for a special press box edition. I’ll be tweeting live from the Dodger Stadium Press Box! There will also be another special Ryu presser tomorrow at around 5:40 PM.
Tomorrow evening Josh Beckett will make his final exhibition start. The Angels will counter with Jason Vargas. Game time tomorrow is at 7:10 PM. Be there or be square! Ahhh….beating the Angels, I can get used to this! Go Blue.