Spring Training Recap: Brett Anderson Struggles As Dodgers Tie

Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
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For the first time this spring, the Los Angeles Dodgers took on their crosstown rival the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Brett Anderson made his third start of the Spring, and coming into the game he had been nothing short of impressive, not allowing a run in five innings. His opponent was Angels’ left-hander Andrew Heaney. The Dodgers acquired Heaney in the Dee Gordon trade, but quickly shipped him to the Angels for Howie Kendrick the very same day.

After getting Mike Trout to ground into a double-play in the top of the first, Anderson gave up a two-out, solo homer to Albert Pujols to give the Angels an early 1-0 lead. Heaney struck out two in the bottom of the first as the Dodgers went down in order.

Anderson’s two-out woes continued in the top half of the second, as he was not able to get the third out of the inning giving up four consecutive two-out singles, the last coming off the bat of Pujols and the Angels expanded their lead to 3-0. Six out of the seven hits Anderson gave up on the day came with two outs. Yimi Garcia came in and got David Freese to fly out to deep center to end the inning.

The Dodgers bats came alive in the bottom of the second. With one out, Scott Van Slyke walked, followed by consecutive singles by Justin Turner and Andre Ethier. Alex Guerrero then launched a three-run homer to left to give the Dodgers the lead. A sacrifice fly by Chris Heisey made it 5-3 at the end of the second.

After Garcia retired the Angels in order, Turner singled with two outs and Ethier followed with a double to score Turner and give the Dodgers a 6-3 lead at the end of three.

Joel Peralta took over for the Dodgers in the fourth. He gave up a leadoff walk, but nothing else. Heaney got the leadoff man out in the bottom of the fourth, and then was pulled from the game. He gave up seven hits and six runs in 3.1 innings pitched.

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