Perhaps the last thing a fan might expect is for the top dog Los Angeles Dodgers to blow a lead late in the game against the oh-so-underdog Los Angeles Angels, but that’s what happened on Monday night.
Mike Trout’s two-run home run in the seventh inning and some fancy footwork – or should I say handiwork? – allowed the home team to turn a 3-1 deficit into a 5-3 win.
That unexpected turnabout improved the Halo record to 32-35, just one game back of the third place Oakland A’s in the American League West. The unexpected loss didn’t mar the Dodgers’ (45-22) resume much, as they lead the National League West by 10 games and are tied with the Houston Astros for the best record in Major League Baseball.
However, all it took was a blast by Trout in the seventh to knot the game up 3-3. In the eighth, the Halos pushed across a pair of runs, but not without some help from the Dodgers, who committed three errors on Monday.
Shohei Ohtani scored from third on an attempted force play; third baseman Max Muncy’s throw home was just a trifle high and Ohtani’s hand touched home plate a split-second before the catcher could make the tag.
Then, Dodger Joe Kelly reliever uncorked a wild pitch that allowed Brian Goodwin to score from third for the eventual 5-3 win for the Angels.
Today (on Tuesday) the two “Los Angeles” teams will square off again in Anaheim, with Felix Pena (3-1) starting for the Angels against Kenta Maeda (7-2) for the Dodgers in a 7:07 p.m. game.