Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Quick take: Angels 4, Dodgers 3
By Mark Saxon
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Dodgers rarely look competitive in interleague road games -- especially when they drift south to Anaheim -- and Wednesday night was no exception.
The Dodgers were dominated by returning ace Jered Weaver and lost 4-3 to the Los Angeles Angels, snapping their modest two-game win streak. They were attempting to build their first three-game winning streak against the Angels since 2006.
The Dodgers now must worry about the health of struggling superstar Matt Kemp, who left the game in the seventh inning accompanied by a trainer after chasing a Mike Trout double into the right-center field gap. He was also hit in the right elbow by a pitch Tuesday night and had been feeling some numbness in his fingertips. Kemp was 0-for-3 with two strikeouts before that and has 15 strikeouts in his last seven starts.
Chris Capuano managed to keep the Dodgers in the game while the offense grasped at straws facing Weaver, who was making his return to the mound after a broken left elbow.
The Dodgers didn't get on base until Andre Ethier led off the fifth inning with a double off the right-field scoreboard. The Dodgers looked as if they might strand Ethier when Kemp and Scott Van Slyke struck out, but Skip Schumaker broke his bat while softly lining a hit to center field and the score was tied 1-1.
After A.J. Ellis followed that with another bloop, hit Weaver looked a little upset, yelling in the direction of Angels left fielder J.B. Shuck.
Capuano, like a lot of soft-throwing pitchers, has a problem. Hitters tend to do damage the third time through the lineup. With Albert Pujols on after a walk, Mark Trumbo belted a high fastball over the left-field fence to give the Angels a 3-1 lead.
Capuano walked four batters, a season high.