Hyun-Jin Ryu was on fire tonight in Anaheim, going 7.0 IP with only two hits (4 Ks and 1 BB), which allowed Jamey Wright and Pedro Baez to each take an inning and preserve the shutout. And from the offensive side of the table, plenty of Dodgers got involved: Hanley Ramirez with a 2-RBI single in the third inning (but then bizarrely was nailed on the basepaths later that inning, on a Matt Kemp sacrifice fly...double play (?); Juan Uribe RBI double in the sixth; Adrian Gonzalez 2-RBI single in the eighth; and Miguel Rojas RBI single in the ninth. Dodgers went 4-for-12 with RISP but the fact that they spread the offensive workload throughout the lineup not only chased CJ Wilson early, but also gave some breathing room to an overworked bullpen.
Dodgers sweep the Angels in Anaheim and take three of four in the Freeway Series. Given I was hoping for a split, I'll take it--it's clear that a lot of Dodger fans are starting to feel positive on the team, now 16 games over .500, and 3.5 games ahead of San Francisco:
Before we get too excited, however, let's recall that we lost two of three to the Cubs just before the Angels. Given we're 11-13 against the NL Central (the only division, including interleague play as one "division", in which we're sub-.500), and we're off to Milwaukee before four in Atlanta... let's just keep this in perspective.
Stay on target!