By Tim Chambers
Showers fell at Cunningham Park on a cloudy Saturday but not in the form of rain. The Angels rained out 16 hits in a 16-3 win over the Dodgers.
It was a totally different result for the second place team who fell to the Marlins 12-2 on Thursday. Manager Brad Reece saw his second place Angels stay within a game of the first place “Fish”.
“The difference today was that we hit the ball and threw strikes,” said Reece. “And we hit it well off of a very good pitcher. We hit it hard at times against the Marlins, but they made a couple of good defensive players against us. But this is the best that we’ve played so far. We have a good chance of winning all our games if our kids can hit it like that every time out.”
They got off to a good start in the first inning by scoring three runs. A seven-run second inning would put the game away.
Connor Simcox, George Grills and Chris Reece all provided 2-run doubles. Asa Lewis and Graham Reece each had base hits and scored.
Nathaniel Aschenback did the most damage for the Angels. He pitched into the fourth inning, allowing only an infield single to Anthony Hall. Chris Reece came on to pitch the final two outs after Aschenback had exceeded his pitch count.
Grills was a perfect 3-for-3 with a double and three RBIs. Aschenback ended the game going 3-for-4 with two doubles and three RBIs. Lewis was 3-for-4 with three RBIs. Simcox was a perfect 3-for-3 with two runs batted in. Chris Reece was 2-for-3 with two RBIs. Graham was 1-for-1 and walked twice. Will Courtner provided a base hit.
The Dodgers got a pair of good defensive plays in the field from Ezra Howard.
The Angels will try again on Saturday to knock off the Dodgers. A win would put them in a first place tie if they defeat the Braves on Thursday.