With the game tied in the bottom of the seventh, Shohei Ohtani came off the bench for the Angels to pinch-hit against reliever J.T. Chargois. On the sixth pitch of the at-bat, Ohtani hit a ball 443-feet out to center field for a solo homer that would stand as the winning run.
The Dodgers dropped the series finale to the Angels by the score of 4-3 remaining a game behind the Diamondbacks in the NL West.
Ohtani’s homer, the third hit in six tries this season as a pinch-hitter, followed an Albert Pujols solo homer off Alex Wood in the sixth that tied the game. Pujols was hitting .145 (10-for-69) against left-handers before going deep off Wood.
Angels’ starter Andrew Heaney held the Dodgers to three hits over seven innings, striking out 10 against three walks. One of those hits was a three-run homer for Yasiel Puig in the second inning.
Puig would leave the game during his next at-bat after fouling off a pitch in the fifth inning. The Dodgers announced the injury as a right intercostal oblique strain and the team expects him to miss some time.
Puig will get an MRI in Los Angeles tomorrow and Dave Roberts believes it will be a DL stint. #Dodgers— David Vassegh (@THEREAL_DV) July 9, 2018
The Dodgers hit the ball hard early on with nothing to show for it and Heaney retired 12 straight after Puig’s smash. A pair of singles and a walk loaded the bases in the sixth but Cody Bellinger would ground out to end the threat.
Down 3-0 after Puig’s homer, the Angels climbed back into the game in the third inning when they loaded the bases for Justin Upton. Following an intentional walk to Mike Trout, Upton smacked a two-run single to center.
Wood went on to allow five hits and two walks over six innings, striking out four.
The Dodgers head to San Diego for a four-game series with the Padres, starting with Clayton Kershaw (2-4, 2.86) on the mound against Luis Perdomo (1-2, 6.86).
Home runs: Puig (11), Pujols (13), Ohtani (7)
WP - Andrew Heaney (5-6): 7 IP, 3 hits, 3 runs, 3 walks, 10 strikeouts
LP - Chargois (2-2): 1⁄3 IP, 1 hit, 1 run, 1 strikeout
SV - Justin Anderson (4): 1 IP, 1 hit, 1 strikeout