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Angels Squeeze By Dodgers

April 06, 1987|JERRY CROWE | Times Staff Writer

With both teams' offenses making only token appearances over the weekend, the Freeway Series mercifully droned to a close Sunday at Dodger Stadium.

The Angels scored only five runs in three games but swept the annual exhibition series from the Dodgers, who scored only two.

It was the first time the Angels had ever swept a three-game series from the Dodgers.

They won Sunday, 2-1, before a crowd of 34,601 when a ninth-inning squeeze bunt by Gary Pettis brought home Dick Schofield from third base.

"Thank God these games don't count," said Dodger Manager Tom Lasorda, whose team opens the season tonight at Houston against Cy Young Award winner Mike Scott.

The Dodgers tuned up for Scott by getting only 13 hits in the series, including a second-inning home run Sunday by Pedro Guerrero, and striking out nine times in six innings Sunday against Kirk McCaskill.

"I hope we don't see that tomorrow," Lasorda said. "I hope we come out with our hitting shoes on."

Lasorda didn't say it, but he's undoubtedly hoping for a little more consistency from his bullpen, too.

After Matt Young lost the first two games of the series by giving up a bases-loaded walk Friday night and a pinch home run to George Hendrick Saturday night, Tom Niedenfuer was victimized Sunday.

With one out in the ninth, he gave up consecutive singles to Schofield and pinch-hitter Jack Howell. They were only the Angels' third and fourth hits on a day when Jerry Reuss, perhaps saving his spot on the roster, gave up only 2 hits in 4 innings and Tim Leary gave up none in 4 more.

Pettis laid down a bunt that wasn't fielded by Niedenfuer until Schofield crossed the plate.

"I don't know if he tried to turn it over or not," Pettis said of the pitch, "but it looked to me like a fastball. It wasn't right over the middle of the plate, but it had quite a bit of the plate and I was able to put it down. In that situation, I didn't have to be perfect. I just had to get it on the ground."

That was enough for Stewart Cliburn, who gave up a one-out infield single to Reggie Williams in the ninth before getting Len Matuszek to ground into a game-ending double play.

Among the three Angel pitchers who relieved McCaskill Sunday were Cliburn and Gary Lucas, who are thought to be fighting for the 10th spot on the staff.

Both worked a scoreless inning on a day in which the Dodgers had eight hits, more than doubling their output for the series, but had two runners thrown out at third base.

Mike Scioscia strayed too far off third in the second inning as Mike Ramsey struck out. He was thrown out by Angel catcher Butch Wynegar, although on the replay it appeared he beat the tag.

Steve Sax, running from second base in the third inning, took a big turn around third as Mike Marshall's bad-hop grounder bounced off the chest of Angel second baseman Mark McLemore, who retrieved the ball and threw out Sax.

The Dodgers went quietly after that. McCaskill made 105 pitches in what Angel Manager Gene Mauch called his sharpest outing of the spring.

The Angels tied the game in the third on Brian Downing's run-scoring double, but didn't get another hit until the ninth.

Donnie Moore picked up the win, striking out two in a 1-2-3 eighth.

"We saw some of their million-dollar pitchers," Mauch said, "and they saw some of our guys who don't make quite that much."

But nobody saw much hitting.

Freeway Series Notes

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