The Angels spotted the Dodgers six runs with five basepath blunders in the first three innings alone and another in the 6th to give their cross-basin rivals confidence in an early 2-1 lead.
But a 2-run HR by Erick Aybar six other Angels batting in a run apiece added up to a 8-3 stomping in front of a divided red-blue crowd of 43,000.
Haren allowed ten hits over six innings pitched, three of them to Andre Ethier, who had his number and whose fourth blast would have been an easy triple were it not for an amazing catch by left fielder Howie Kendrick. Yes, the magic of Mike Scioscia saw Kendrick's 13th ever start in LF yield two hits that should have been caught and two catches that should have been run producing extra base hits. It was that kind of game - 2 CS, 2 Pickoffs, 2 outfield assists, all against the Angels and totally meaningless when the final tally was cast.
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Panther of the Game
Aybar (210 votes)
Haren (79 votes)
Takahashi (56 votes)
345 total votes