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Dodgers-Angels ST Game 9 Recap: Haren Looks Sharp, Van Slyke Slams

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Following a last night’s victory over the Cincinnati Reds, the Los Angeles Dodgers had a quick turnaround today against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Tempe Diablo Stadium. Left-hander C.J. Wilson started for the Angels and allowed just a one-out walk to A.J. Ellis in the top of the first. For the Dodgers, free agent signee Dan Haren took the mound, facing off against his former team. After a fly ball out, Mike Trout hit a ball to the gap in left-center field that Yasiel Puig dove for and missed. Trout tried to stretch it into a inside-the-park home run but was thrown out at the plate by Hanley Ramirez. Angels manager Mike Scioscia challenged the play using the new instant replay rule, but the ruling on the field was upheld. Haren got David Freese to ground out to end the inning.

Trout thrown out at home

In the second, the Dodgers went down in order and Haren went out for his second inning. He worked around a pair of hits to complete his second scoreless inning. A walk by Chone Figgins was the only threat the offense posted in the third. In the bottom of the inning, Haren retired the side in order to keep it a 0-0 game heading into the fourth.

Wilson got the Dodgers down in order and the offense was hitless in four innings to start the game. Haren matched Wilson’s zero in the bottom of the fourth to end his day with four strong innings. Mike Baxter notched the Dodgers’ first hit of the game after missing a hit-and-run play that got Justin Turner thrown out at second. Figgins then walked for the second time, but Puig grounded out to end the threat. Javy Guerra loaded the bases with one out before getting a force at home and a fly out to right to emerge unscathed.

The Dodgers loaded the bases in the top of the sixth for Scott Van Slyke and he brought them all in with a grand slam over the left field wall to put the team up 4-0. Turner walked and Dee Gordon was put in to pinch run. He promptly stole second base; however, Figgins struck out to end the inning. Guerra worked around a single in the sixth to complete his second scoreless inning. The Dodgers went down in order in the top of the seventh.

Scott Van Slyke Grand Slam, 4-0 Dodgers

Carlos Frias came out to throw the next inning for the Dodgers in his second appearance of the spring. He allowed a single, a double and a sacrifice fly that gave the Angels their first run of the ballgame. Heading into the eighth, the Dodgers led 4-1. A J.C. Boscan walk was the only Dodger threat in the top half of the inning. Dodgers’ 2013 first-round pick Chris Anderson was brought in for the eighth inning in his Cactus League appearance.The right-hander worked around a single and a walk to keep the Angels off the scoreboard.

In the final inning, the Dodgers put runners on the corners with one out. Miguel Olivo flew out to left field and Jon Garcia was doubled up at home trying to tag up. Anderson went out for his second inning of work and looked to close things out for the Dodgers.

Anderson allowed a hit and hit a batter as Daniel Moskos replaced him with one out. The former fourth overall pick allowed a three-run home run to Angels top prospect C.J. Cron and the game was tied at four. Sam Demel relieved the struggling Moskos and got out of the ninth inning.

With two outs, 2013 Branch Rickey award winner Scott Schebler smacked a triple. Dee Gordon came up with two men on, but was robbed of a base hit by the first baseman. Demel came on for the bottom of the tenth, retiring the side in order and the Dodgers tied their second game of the spring, 4-4.


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Vincent Samperio

Vince is currently the Associate Editor and Social Media Manager for Dodgers Nation. Hailing from San Pedro, CA and a student at Cal State Long Beach, Vince has previously written for the Daily 49er and LASF Magazine.

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