By Tim Chambers
A vocal crowd was on hand to watch the first place Dodgers and the second place Angels do battle on Monday night at Cunningham Park. And all of them were treated to one whale of a game.
The Dodgers held off the Angels 12-9 in a game that went right down to the wire. They are now 6-1 on the season. The Angels fell to 5-3, one game behind the Marlins.
Dodgers manager Donald Greer breathed a sigh of relief after reliever Timothy Grindstaff recorded a strikeout to end the game with the bases loaded. He knew that his team had been in a dogfight.
We always know the Angels are going to play us tough because theyre scrappy, said Greer. We played pretty well for four innings but we couldnt throw strikes at the end. I was relieved when we got that final out. The Angels made us earn it.
The Dodgers took a 1-0 lead in the first inning but the Angels battled back to tie the game in the bottom half.
Graham Reece singled then scored on a base hit by Dylan Simcox to knot the contest at 1-1.
The Dodgers added another in the second then broke loose for four in the third.
Stacy Greer led off the inning with an inside-the-park home run. Petie Pavusek and Austin Campbell would follow that up with triples.
The Angels rallied for three runs in the bottom half to trim the deficit at 6-4.
Asa Lewis drove in a pair of runs with a single. Reece would plate the other.
The Dodgers appeared to build a comfortable 12-4 lead by scoring six times over the final two frames. Timothy Grindstaff had a two-run double in addition to picking up the save on the mound.
Lewis drove in another pair of runs for the Angels in the fifth but they came up just short at the end.
We gave up too many walks and made too many errors early in the game, said Angels manager Brad Reece. You cant give a good team like the Dodgers four or five runs to start with. We did a good job of coming back but we knew that this game would be a battle. We just ran out of time.
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By Tim Chambers