Freeway Series Recap: Dodgers Lose Rubber Match To Angels

The Los Angeles Dodgers stressed Jose Quintana early but had nothing to show for it and continued to spin their wheels at the plate in a 2-1 loss to the L.A. Angels. They have lost a three-game series to the Angels for the first time since dropping two of three in Anaheim from June 11-13, 2012.

The Dodgers remained without a series win since taking one from the San Diego Padres at Petco Park (April 16-18) and also are yet to win back-to-back games since that same weekend set. Trevor Bauer suffered his first career loss to the Angels in six starts.

After Chris Taylor’s RBI bloop single gave the Dodgers a lead in the third inning, Bauer ran into trouble. David Fletcher reached on a two-out infield single that was a soft dribbler toward second base.

Then Shohei Ohtani and Mike Trout each worked a walk to load the bases, and Jared Walsh took advantage on a two-run ground-rule double. Bauer limited the damage to just two runs and fought a high pitch count to get through six innings in the tough-luck loss.

Quintana didn’t pitch as many innings but he similarly worked a high-wire act and helped offset five walks by collecting six strikeouts. He walked the bases loaded and threw 30 pitches in the first inning, though the Dodgers failed to take advantage.

Quintana wasn’t quite as fortunate when walks to Justin Turner and Max Muncy led to Taylor giving the Dodgers a brief lead in the top of the third. Quintana didn’t retire the side in order until the fourth inning, and he was removed after Corey Seager’s leadoff double in the fifth.

That was part of a stretch that saw the Dodgers put the leadoff man in three consecutive innings but not score a run. Taylor reached with one out in the eighth inning, Mookie Betts and Seager did as well in the ninth.

Overall, the Dodgers had at least on baserunner in eight of nine frames. L.A. finished 2-for-20 with men on.

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