The Freeway Series between the Angels and Dodgers kicked off with a bang on Friday night, as the Halos got the best of their rivals from down the road with a 9-2 victory.
A fight between Angels and Dodgers fans occurred in game one of the Freeway Series.
A combination of solid pitching and an offensive outburst were keys for the Angels who finally snapped a season-long five-game losing streak. The fireworks from the field carried over into the stands, as a couple of Halos and Dodgers fans expressed their feelings for one another.
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This isn’t the first time a fight between fans of the Angels and Dodgers has occurred and it probably won’t be the last. There’s plenty of YouTube videos that show brawls over the years.
It’s unknown what the reason(s) and motives were behind the scuffle, but either way I think it’s safe to assume fans of both teams were sick and tired of one thing–losing.
The SoCal Showdown features a Dodgers team that’s now lost four-straight contests, and are losers in eight of their last 10 games. After getting off to a 13-3 start, the defending champs have won just four of their last 17 games.
It hasn’t been any better in Anaheim, as the Angels have gone 7-14 after beginning the season with a 7-3 record. The win on Friday finally gets them off the schneid in what’s been an incredibly tough stretch of baseball. The Halos are in the midst of 23 games in 24 days and have dealt with injuries to key players during the past week, and the DFA of future Hall of Famer Albert Pujols which shocked the baseball world.
Whatever frustrations the Angels had, they let it out on Friday. The Halos offense combined for 13 hits including five for extra bases, and two of which were home runs from Justin Upton and Taylor Ward.
The Halos also received solid outings from Griffin Canning (5.2 IP, 6 H,1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K) who got his third win of the season, and Patrick Sandoval (3.1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K) who finished off a three-plus inning save.
It’s no secret Angels starting pitching has been arguably the biggest weakness thus far, but it’s actually been one of the few positives for the team this past week. In the last four games, Halos starters have allowed just one earned run over 22.1 IP (0.40 ERA).
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The tough-stretch of games doesn’t get any easier for the Angels, who still have two games against the Dodgers, followed by a three-game series in Houston before the next scheduled off day.
If they can find a way to ride the momentum from this lone game the rest of the way, it’ll put the Halos back in the mix when their regulars return from injuries.