Other than Mike Trout, Dodgers have a field day against Angels

first_imgKendrick represents one less secret between the teams, who have oodles of data at their disposal to fill in whatever mysteries remain. The Dodgers certainly knew what to expect from Trout, who fell a double short of the cycle and drove in all three Angels runs.Likewise, the Angels should have known what to expect from the Dodgers, who acquired eight players in 24 hours leading up to Friday’s trade deadline and used none of them.They might know each other well, but the two teams appear to be heading in opposite directions. The Angels have lost seven of their last eight games after winning 17 of their previous 20 and now sit two games behind the division-leading Houston Astros. The Dodgers’ win increased their lead to 1 1/2 games over the San Francisco Giants in the National League West.Zack Greinke (10-2) allowed five hits and two runs in eight innings, walking one batter and striking out eight. He had particular trouble with Trout, who drove in Kole Calhoun with a triple and a single for the only two runs off Greinke. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “I made a couple mistakes to those guys,” Greinke said. “Calhoun, his first two hits were bad pitches. Same thing with Trout. The triple was a bad pitch. But then their last time coming up, I made good pitches. Calhoun got a flare hit. Trout got a line drive on a really good pitch. That was the first time I made good pitches to those guys.”Trout hit a home run off Greinke in the All-Star Game earlier this month — the only run Greinke had allowed all month before last weekend. That encounter, Greinke said, wasn’t on his mind Friday.Trout hit a solo home run off Kenley Jansen in the ninth inning to provide the final score. “He’s a tough hitter,” Jansen said. “I faced him before, had success with him, but he’s a great hitter, a guy you obviously have to respect. I missed my spot. He got me.”After the game, Jansen said he has been battling a virus for the last three days. His ninth inning hinted at his struggle to dial up his cutter into the mid-90s: a home run, a hit batter and a line drive to left field to end the game.Trout, who missed two games earlier this week with a sore left wrist, leads the major leagues with 32 home runs. If not for him, it would’ve been an even longer day for the Angels and starter Hector Santiago (7-5).A single by Yasmani Grandal in the bottom of the fourth inning, followed by a two-run home run by Alex Guerrero, gave the Dodgers the lead for good at 3-1. For Guerrero, it was his first home run since June 2, ending a drought of 34 games and 67 plate appearances without one.The Dodgers didn’t let up. They scored twice in the bottom of the fifth inning, on a double by Scott Van Slyke followed by RBI singles by Yasiel Puig and Grandal, to take a 5-1 lead. Santiago (7-5) allowed five runs in five innings, matching his season high. The Dodgers tagged the left-hander for nine hits, including the home runs by Guerrero and Kendrick, and doubles by Van Slyke and Kiké Hernandez. Santiago’s 84 pitches were the fewest he’s thrown in a start since September of last year.The Dodgers collected 10 hits in all, using a lineup that featured six right-handed hitters, two switch-hitters and one left-hander (Adrian Gonzalez). Gonzalez was the only starter who didn’t collect a hit.Manager Don Mattingly said he might use a right-handed heavy lineup against Heaney again Saturday, which would mean a second consecutive day off for slumping center fielder Joc Pederson.“We talked about this series as a chance possibly to get him some rest — to watch the game, give him a breather,” Mattingly said. “Talked to him the other day. I like the way he’s handling it in the dugout, the locker room, but I have seen some frustration out there. We want to get that back to where we need to be.”Clayton Kershaw — originally scheduled to start Friday — said he is pain free and starting Saturday’s game. The reigning National League MVP hasn’t allowed a run in his last 29 innings. He hasn’t pitched since July 23 in New York and will have had eight days’ rest between starts.center_img A funny thing happened on the way to the first regular-season game between the Dodgers and Angels in 2015: They made a trade.Howie Kendrick kicked off the scoring Friday with a solo home run off Angels pitcher Hector Santiago in the Dodgers’ 5-3 win. It was his first career plate appearance against the only team that employed him until last December, when he was traded to the Dodgers for pitcher Andrew Heaney.Heaney starts for the Angels on Saturday.“Obviously last year he was doing that, so he’s a great hitter,” Trout said of Kendrick. “He’s been hitting like that for years. It’s what we saw last year of him.”last_img

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