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June 27, 2011

Dodgers avoid Angels sweep

by @ 5:58 pm. Filed under 2011 Dodgers

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers rallied for two-runs in the bottom of the ninth to overcome a one-run deficit as they beat their cross-town rival, Anaheim Angels, to avoid a sweep.  The Dodgers won on Tony Gwynn’s walk-off single that capped of a three-for-five day at the plate.

Both clubs put forth their ace starters as Jared Weaver took the mound for the Angels, while the home team sent out  Clayton Kershaw.   From the very get-go it was clear these two starters came ready to compete against one another as neither allowed a run till the seventh-inning.

Weaver pitched seven-innings allowing one-run on seven hits to maintain a 1.97 ERA through the month of June.  On the other hand, Kershaw pitched a complete game, his third of the season and his second in a row after  he shutout the Detroit Tigers in his last start, 4-0.  Kershaw struck out eleven for the second straight time too.

In the seventh, Erick Aybar led-off the Angels with a double and was soon rewarded by his teammate, Howard Kendrick, whose RBI-single put the first run of the day on the board for the Anaheim.

In the bottom half of the same inning, the Dodgers responded on a Kershaw two-out single that kept the inning alive for lead-off hitter, Tony Gwynn.  Gwynn’s second hit of the day resulted in a RBI-triple to tie the game at 1-all.

Neither team allowed a hit in the eighth as the Angels last hit of the afternoon came with two-outs as Vernon Wells went deep for a solo shot and a 2-1 lead for Anaheim.

With the one-run lead in their grasp, the Angels sent out closer Jordan Walden to earn the save as well as sweep the rival Dodgers.

However, it would not be an easy task as these cross-town rivalries always bring drama to the park.  Both Juan Uribe and Dioner Navarro were walked to open the bottom of the ninth.  Jamey Carroll’s sacrifice bunt advanced both base-runners into scoring position with one-out.  Following the sac-bunt was a sacrifice-fly off Aaron Miles bat to bring in the tying run.

The Dodgers then sent Trent Oeltjen out to second to pinch-run for Navarro and it would pay off as Gwynn’s most important hit of the day drove in Oeltjen for the game winner as the Dodgers bench emptied to dog pile Gwynn.

In other news, Monday afternoon the Los Angeles Dodgers have officially filed for bankruptcy.  To get a full and detailed report on the situation here is a link from the Dodgers homepage Dodgers bankrupt.

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