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Offense goes silent again, Dodgers swept by Angels

They lose the season series

MLB: Los Angeles Angels at Los Angeles Dodgers Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

For the fourth and final time this season, the Angels had the upper-hand on the Dodgers. With Wednesday night’s 3-2 victory, the Angels moved to 4-0 on the season against their inner-city rivals.

Yet again, for the second consecutive night, the offense was quiet. Tonight even more so than last night. As a team, the Dodgers scored only two runs on five hits, with Justin Turner being responsible for three of the hits. The rest of the team went a combined 2-for-26. As a team, they only had two at bats with runners in scoring position.

The Angels took the lead in the first at the hands of Kole Calhoun. Proving to be a Dodger-killer in the series, Calhoun had six hits in the two games while driving in four runs. He also played stellar defense, winning the game on Tuesday with an incredible throw from right field.

Justin Turner led off the fourth inning with a solo home run, his 14th of the season and 99th overall as a member of the Dodgers. This cut the deficit to only a run.

The Angels picked up a run in the sixth, giving them the two-run edge. David Fletcher led off the inning with a single, and then advanced to third on a throwing error from Austin Barnes.

LA countered with a run of their own in the bottom half of the inning. Corey Seager singled in Cody Bellinger, making the score 3-2 Angels.

The Dodgers’ prime opportunity came in the bottom of the seventh. Barnes and Joc Pederson both walked, putting runners on first and second with one out for Max Muncy. On the first pitch of the at-bat, he grounded into an inning-ending double play. Aside from a Turner single later on, the Dodgers wouldn’t get another base runner for the remainder of the game.

Key notes

  • Cody Bellinger was ejected after the eighth inning for arguing balls and strikes
  • Ross Stripling left the game with neck discomfort. According to Dave Roberts, the neck improved since he exited the game
  • Enrique Hernandez left the game with a left hand injury. The x-rays came back negative

Wednesday particulars

WP: Jaime Barria (4-3) 5 IP, 1 ER, 3 SO

LP: Ross Stripling (4-4) 5 IP, 2 ER, 2 SO

SV: Hansel Robles (16) 1 IP, 0 ER

Home runs: Kole Calhoun (23) Justin Turner (14)

Box Score

Up next

The Dodgers will have an off-day tomorrow, as they travel to Washington D.C. to take on the Nationals. Hyun-Jin Ryu will get the start for LA on Friday.