Well, this looked like it would be a fairly easy recap. The Dodgers were giving the Angels an old-fashioned beating, and this looked like it’d be a brief recap.
Entering the bottom of the sixth inning, the Angels were trailing 13-0. Dylan Bundy, Steve Cishek and Felix Pena all got rocked. The game was supposed to be over. And then, chaos happened.
Over the course of two innings, the Angels scored 11 runs (!!!!) and entering the eighth inning it was a 14-11 game in favor of the Dodgers. Just like that, a game that many people probably turned off was an entirely different ballgame. Unfortunately, the rally fell just short as they lost the game 14-11.
Let’s quickly recap how exactly this happened.
After five easy innings, the Dodgers pulled Clayton Kershaw. With a 13-run lead, it made sense to not risk injury with Kershaw. That was a blessing for the Angels, as the Dodgers’ bullpen has been pretty bad over the last few weeks.
Dennis Santana entered in the sixth. He faced six Angels hitters and allowed five of them to reach base. They slowly chipped away, making it a 13-3 game by the time the Dodgers turned to Mitch White. He came in and allowed a run, cutting the Angels’ deficit to only nine runs.
It was the seventh inning in which sh*t hit the fan.
The Angels quickly got two outs, looking as if the inning would be quickly over. Shohei Ohtani then reached on an error, and that’s when the madness begun. Here’s everything that followed the error.
- Jon Jay single
- Juan Lagares double
- Jared Walsh single
- Phil Gosselin single
- Taylor Ward single
At this point in the game, the score was 14-8 in favor of the Dodgers. White exited the game and the Dodgers turned to Garrett Cleavinger. On the third pitch of the AB, Jose Rojas crushed a three-run home run, cutting the Angels deficit to only three runs.
The Angels went scoreless over the final two innings, and sadly couldn’t pull off the biggest come-from-behind victory in MLB history.
WP: Clayton Kershaw (5-3) 5 IP, 0 ER, 5 SO
LP: Dylan Bundy (0-4) 3 1⁄3 IP, 6 ER, 3 SO
SV: Blake Treinen (1) 1 IP, 0 ER, 2 SO
HR: Jose Rojas (1)