Freeway Series: Angels deliver big hit in win

first_imgDodgers starter Randy Wolf, a product of El Camino Real High of Woodland Hills and Pepperdine, made his Dodger Stadium debut as a member of the home team and had an inconsistent three-inning effort. Wolf struck out two in the first inning, then allowed three runs on four hits during a second inning in which he didn’t seem to be fooling anyone. Wolf retired the side in order in the third. The start will be easy to dismiss, because it will be forgotten by the time Wolf makes his regular-season debut Tuesday. “He was making some good pitches but he was just missing with a number of pitches,” Little said. Both teams played as many starters as possible. The Dodgers were without Rafael Furcal (sprained ankle) and new father Nomar Garciaparra while the Angels played without Chone Figgins (broken finger). It was a mixed-bag night for the Dodgers’ newcomers. Center fielder Juan Pierre singled but was caught stealing second; left fielder Luis Gonzalez singled and scored in the second inning. As for Wolf, the Angels hit him in the second, when Maicer Izturis, Gary Matthews Jr. and Orlando Cabrera hit consecutive doubles to give the Angels a 3-0 lead in support of starter Hector Carrasco. Carrasco allowed one run in three innings, Orlando Cabrera had three hits and Matthews made a sliding, inning-ending catch in center field with runners on first and second in the second inning. The Dodgers’ lone run came in the second inning, when Andre Ethier singled home Gonzalez. Wolf, who allowed three runs on five hits, walked two and struck out four, was relieved by Chad Billingsley, who threw three shutout innings and allowed one hit to go with one walk and one strikeout. A highlight took place in the seventh, when the Dodgers’ Brady Clark hit into a triple play. Clark lined out to Kendrick, who then stepped on second base and threw to first base. Joe Beimel, the Dodgers’ top left-handed reliever, allowed three runs in the eighth. The Dodgers started removing starters in the fourth inning while the Angels waited until the seventh. [email protected] (818) 713-3611160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “It was a young kid so he was just trying to make an impression,” Lieberthal said. “I don’t know about (it being) a dirty play. I like to play hard and it would have been bang-bang (with a good throw).” Dodgers manager Grady Little said he had no issues with the hit, and in the other dugout sat Mike Scioscia, who was on the receiving end of a few brutal hits during his career as a Dodger catcher. “Mike’s a tough guy,” Scioscia said. “He’s going to hang in there. He’s trying to make a play at the plate. Nick, he’s trying to make a team. He’s trying to score. That’s what happens. Give both those guys credit.” The plate collision, part of a three-run eighth-inning that pushed the Angels’ winning margin to five runs, was the major highlight of a game that allowed the Angels to continue their Freeway Series domination. Spring-training bragging rights don’t count for much, but for what it’s worth, the Angels have dominated the crosstown series of late, with a 8-0-2 record in the last 10 meetings dating to 2003. For those who think spring training games lack intensity, meet Mike Lieberthal. Lieberthal, the Dodgers’ backup catcher, was on the rough end of a brutal collision at home plate in the eighth inning of the Angels’ 6-1 victory over the Dodgers in front of 29,841 Thursday at Dodger Stadium. After a single by Howie Kendrick, the Angels’ Nick Gorneault, a rookie headed to the minors after this weekend, came barreling around third base and appeared to be out by a wide margin. But when Lieberthal couldn’t get a clean throw to the plate, Gorneault led with his shoulder and bashed into Lieberthal. Gorneault scored and the game paused for a couple minutes while the Dodgers made sure Lieberthal had all his faculties. Other than a slight headache, he reported no problems and no real ill feelings. last_img

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