By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer
The Dodgers continued their solid play hitting and pitching while sweeping the Angels in Anaheim. Cody Bellinger came out of a slump by ripping a two- run homer in the top of the sixth inning. In the eight is was Bellinger again who his second two run blast.
The Angel got two in the bottom of the frame and one in the ninth to make the final 7-4. Justin Turner and Austin Barnes had two hits apiece. Clayton Kershaw (2-1) had one of his best outings going seven innings giving up one hit, one run striking out six. Kenley Jansen got the save his sixth.
GAME TWO: The American League last two MVPs made their presents known. Mike Trout (2019) went to “RIP CITY” blasting a 433-foot two run homer off Walker Buehler in the first off to give the Angels the early lead, his ninth of the season.
In the top of the 2nd with the bases loaded Mookie Betts lashed a two run single to left driving in Bellinger and Max Muncy.
In the third Chris Taylor doubled moving Bellinger over that’s when Muncy drove them both in to make it 4-2 LA. It was Muncy’s first hit of the year with runners in scoring position.
The Angels would tie it in the fifth as Tommy La Stella single followed by Trout knock in a run on a fielders-choice that gave the Angles a 5-4 lead. Betts would tie it up at 5-5 in the seventh with a solo shot his ninth of the year.
In the tenth Chris Taylor stole third then scored on a Max Muncy deep drive to the warning track in right field. In the bottom of the tenth Hanley Jansen got the save striking out Trout who looked at all three strikes.
One bright spot Jake McGee retired all five batters he faced in the eight and ninth inning.
GAME THREE: It was a big day for young players on the Dodger roster. Keibert Ruiz got his first major league hit which was a homer in the third inning. The 22year-old catcher became just the seventh player in franchise history to go “UPTOWN” in his first at bat. That got the Dodgers rolling in the series finally.
Players sitting in the stands scrambled to get to the ball, they knew the value of the hit to Ruiz.
“You never know what’s going to happen when a guy takes his first major league at-bat,” said manager Dave Roberts. ”He just put just a good swing on it and the irony of it is that’s something that the guys in player development have been working with Keibert on as far back as spinning the baseball to the pull side. That’s exactly what he did.”
Later in the third Max Muncy hit a two-run shot to cap a three-run inning. In the fourth Mookie singled in Keke Hernandez. Cory Seager followed with a three-run shot. Matt Beaty homered in the eight to cap Dodger scoring giving them a 8-2 lead.
Mark May who had worked with Ruiz several times in the minor leagues went 4 1/3 innings giving up seven hits. Scott Alexander (1-0) pitched 2 innings got the win.
DODGER NOTES: Mookie Betts had a good weekend (at press time) he was batting .319, 2nd in RBI’s with 21, and 2nd in the majors with 67 total bases. His 9 homers has him third in homers behind the Padres Fernando Titas (11) and the Angels Mike Trout (10)…Betts also took time over the weekend to help with a grab and go giveaway at Compton Town Center.
They gave away, reusable mask, hand sanitizers, and food boxes. There was also health screening and voter registration…Clayton Kershaw and his wife Ellen continued their annual community contribution as they help giveaway back to school items such as back packs, health kits, school supplies and many other items that prepare young people for the school time. It’s the eighth years they have assisted with the program that was held at Dodger Stadium.