LOS ANGELES-Crack, crack. That was the sound echoing off off the bats in the finale of the Freeway Series between the home team Los Angeles Dodgers and cross town rival the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. All things considered equal, the Dodgers and Angels are pretty even, especially in the hits department.
The Dodgers-Angels’ 6-6 tie after nine innings of play Saturday is a prefect example of this.
You heard it when American League MVP Mike Trout crushed the first hit in the first inning of the third and final game between the two teams at Dodger Stadium the evening before Easter Sunday.
You felt the pop come off of Scott Van Slyke’s wooden hammer when he nailed a solo home run in the bottom half of the second inning to tie the game at 1-1. Carl Crawford’s two-run single in the fourth inning had so much sting to it that it sounded like he knocked a hole in the ball. That was just a sample of the tag-a-ball show the Dodgers and Angels put on.
With Opening Day right around the corner it was somewhat fitting, however, as the hit parlay that galvanized the audience at Caesar Chavine through the first five innings turned into a defensive show.
With the bases loaded in the top of the sixth inning left-handed pitcher David Huff got a strikeout to end the inning. The Angels then flipped the switch on the Dodgers Daniel Robertson robbed Carl Crawford of an extra base hit with a spectacular diving catch in the bottom half of the sixth inning.
Well, it kind of felt that until the top half of the seventh inning when calm turned into chaos and confusion for the Dodgers. After a series of errors and misplayed balls, a misjudged fly ball into shallow centerfield to get Angles’ late rally started, the Dodgers’ 5-3 lead went up in smoke and turned into a 6-5 deficit.
After losing the first game of the series by one run (3-2) getting shutout in the second game, the Dodgers came out swinging and played determined not to lose this game in front of their fans. The Dodgers collected 10 hits against the Angels. But the Dodgers weren’t the only ones whacking away.
The Angels came up with 13 hits against the Dodgers, spraying the ball all over the field with extra base hits.