Freeway Series Recap: Puig Removed Early, Dodgers Come Up Short

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With Cactus League play behind them, the Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim met Thursday for the first game of the Freeway Series, albeit still part of their exhibition schedule.

Facing Matt Shoemaker for the second time in less than a week, the Dodgers were unable to get any offense going in the first inning. Mike Adams, who was originally scheduled to start the bullpen game for the Dodgers, elected to leave the organization, which left Sergio Santos as the starter.

Santos retired Cole Calhoun for the first out of the inning, then gave up a solo home run to Mike Trout that gave the Angels and early 1-0 lead. Albert Pujols hit a rocket to third base, but Juan Uribe was there to snag the ball and make the throw. After Matt Joyce hit a two-out single, David Freese struck out to end the inning.

Adrian Gonzalez was robbed of a hit by Joyce, who made a sliding catch on a shallow fly ball hit to left. Johnny Giovatella upped the ante with his leaping catch on a line drive hit by Howie Kendrick for the second out of the inning. Shoemaker walked Yasmani Grandal and allowed a single to Uribe, but got out of trouble by retiring Joc Pederson.

Pedro Baez entered the game in the bottom of the second inning and got help from Pederson, who made a diving, juggling catch on a sinking line drive for the first out. C.J. Cron promptly followed with a double, though he was stranded by Chris Iannetta and Giavotella.

Rollins hit a one-out single in the third and stole second base on a poor throw by Iannetta. Crawford’s groundout advanced Rollins to third, but Puig was unable to drive him in and the Dodgers continued to trail, 1-0.

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