Dodgers 7, Angels 2: Shohei Ohtani homers for 3rd game in a row to back dominant Tyler Glasnow

(Via @Dodgers)

After a rough extra-innings loss yesterday where the offense struggled something mighty, the Dodgers jumped out to a lead early and never looked back. Behind Tyler Glasnow, the series was able to be split in a 7-2 victory over the Angels.


After a scoreless first couple innings against Zach Plesac, the Dodgers put up a crooked number in the 3rd. It started in surprising fashion, as Gavin Lux skied his second homer of the year to start the scoring.

Then it was Cavan Biggio following that up with a bunt single to third, which set the table for the ridiculously hot Shohei Ohtani, who annihilated his 23rd homer of the year for a 3-0 advantage.

Dave Roberts was impressed.

Remarkably that wasn’t it in the frame, as Freddie Freeman later doubled and Andy Pages went oppo for a double of a ground-rule variety to push things to 4-0.

So that was cool because they actually gave Glasnow a lead, and he was perfect through three frames. Perhaps startled by the sudden run support, he got in some trouble in the 4th thanks to a catcher’s interference and then a double. However, even then he only gave up a run on a groundout to make it 4-1. Actually, after the double he ended up retiring the next 10 batters.

Meanwhile, the Dodgers were busy adding to the lead for Glasnow. In the 4th, Miguel Rojas got an infield single, and after Lux flied out to the wall, Biggio followed with a clean single to corner the runners and knock Plesac out. After an Ohtani walk to load things up, Will Smith also walked to force a run in, and Freeman lifted a sacrifice fly to push the lead to 6-1.

The 5th then saw another run behind a flash two-out rally, as Rojas bounced a double to left and Lux followed with an oppo single to make it 7-1.

As mentioned, Glasnow was rolling along after he gave up a run in the 4th, but his streak of dominance came to a sudden end in the 7th. After back-to-back dominant strikeouts, Logan O’Hoppe jumped on a first-pitch slider and homered to make it 7-2.

Surprisingly, that was it for him despite a low pitch count. A dominant start: 7 IP, 2 H, 2 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 10 K, 74 Pitches.

Finishing the game off was Alex Vesia in a scoreless 8th, and then Michael Petersen closed things out in the 9th.


Will be seeing if the approach/swing changes in coming weeks.


Padres41-40 (8 GB)

*Either still playing or will play later.

The Dodgers will have a day off to travel for a three-game series in Chicago against the White Sox, starting at 2:10 PM HT/5:10 PM PT/8:10 PM ET. It’ll be a tough matchup to start with James Paxton on the mound against trade candidate Garrett Crochet.

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