Cal­houn hits two homers, but his over­throw hurts

Los Angeles Times - - SPORTS - By MIKE DIGIOVANNA

An­gels right fielder Kole Cal­houn cleared the out­field fence twice and the glove of his leap­ing catcher once Fri­day night.

The for­mer was good for the An­gels. The lat­ter was not.

Cal­houn hit two solo homers as he con­tin­ued to emerge from a two-month, sea­son-open­ing slum­ber. How­ever, he also air­mailed a throw to the back­stop in the sev­enth in­ning, al­low­ing the Dodgers to score the win­ning run in a 3-2 vic­tory be­fore a sell­out crowd of 53,368 in Dodger Sta­dium, the third one-run game the South­ern Cal­i­for­nia ri­vals have played in four games since last week­end.

The Dodgers trailed 2-1 when Lo­gan Forsythe led off the sev­enth in­ning with a pinch-hit sin­gle to cen­ter field off An­gels re­liever Cam Be­drosian.

Joc Ped­er­son dou­bled past the glove of div­ing first base­man

Luis Val­buena, ad­vanc­ing Forsythe to third. Max Muncy, who hit his team­lead­ing 22nd homer of the sea­son in the first in­ning, ripped an RBI sin­gle to right to tie the score 2-2.

Cal­houn, a 2015 Gold Glove Award win­ner who has one of base­ball’s strong­est and most ac­cu­rate throw­ing arms, thought he had a shot at Ped­er­son, so he launched a throw to­ward home as Ped­er­son was held at third.

The ball sailed high over the head of catcher Jose Bri­ceno, al­low­ing Ped­er­son to score for a 3-2 lead and Muncy to take se­cond. Muncy took third on Matt Kemp’s roller to se­cond but was stranded when righthander Justin Anderson re­lieved Be­drosian and struck out Yas­mani Gran­dal and got Chris Tay­lor to fly to left.

“Just sailed the throw,” Cal­houn said. “With Joc on se­cond, I felt like I had to hurry a lit­tle bit. Turns out he wasn’t even go­ing. It’s just a throw that’s gotta be down. I just didn’t ex­e­cute.”

The An­gels put a run­ner on with two outs in the eighth when Justin Up­ton walked against re­liever Erik Goed­del. Val­buena hit a sharp grounder into right field, but se­cond base­man Forsythe, about 30 feet into the out­field grass, lunged to his left to snag the ball and made a long, off-bal­ance and ac­cu­rate throw to first to end the in­ning.

Closer Ken­ley Jansen was not avail­able af­ter pitch­ing in San Diego on Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day night, so the ninth in­ning be­longed to left-han­der Scott Alexan­der, who got Ian Kinsler to ground to se­cond for the first out.

Shohei Oh­tani, whose pinch-hit homer lifted the An­gels to a win over the Dodgers on Sun­day night, de­liv­ered again in a pinch, one­hop­ping the left-cen­ter field wall for a double. Bri­ceno beat out a slow roller to short­stop for a sin­gle, putting run­ners on first and third.

Dodgers starter Walker Buehler, the flame-throw­ing right-han­der who gave up two runs and six hits in five in­nings, strik­ing out five and walk­ing one, in his first start since June 8, was watch­ing the game in the club­house with Goed­del when David Fletcher came to the plate with a chance to tie the score.

“He’s gonna get a ground ball right here,” Goed­del said he told Buehler af­ter the tele­vi­sion an­nouncer made men­tion of how they blew a sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tion last Fri­day night. “He threw a sinker, and he did.”

It was a hard ground ball, ripped by Fletcher but right to Muncy at third. Muncy fielded it and fired to Forsythe, whose throw to first pulled Cody Bellinger far off the bag. But Bellinger made a lung­ing back­handed grab and man­aged to swipe a tag on Fletcher to end the game.

“That was a huge play, a game-saver,” Dodgers man­ager Dave Roberts said, re­lieved that he didn’t have to tap any more of his bullpen. “If that one goes awry and they score, things could get dicey.”

Muncy gave the Dodgers a 1-0 lead in the bot­tom of the first when he sent a full­count fast­ball from An­gels starter Felix Pena into the right-cen­ter pavil­ion for a solo homer.

“He’s a win­ning player,” Roberts said of Muncy, who will par­tic­i­pate in the home run derby next week. “Whether it be with the bat or on de­fense, he’s sort of in the mid­dle of ev­ery­thing.”

Pena es­caped a bases­loaded jam in the first when he got Tay­lor to ground into an in­ning-end­ing 4-6-3 double play, and he blanked the Dodgers on two hits over the next three in­nings be­fore de­part­ing af­ter the fourth.

Cal­houn crushed a 96mph fast­ball from Buehler over the cen­ter-field wall for a solo homer that tied the score 1-1 in the top of the third. The An­gels went on to put run­ners on first and third with two outs, but Bellinger snuffed out the rally when he made a nice div­ing catch of Kinsler’s check­swing line drive.

Cal­houn gave the An­gels a 2-1 lead in the fifth when he lined an 88-mph changeup from Buehler over the wall in left-cen­ter.

“Got a cou­ple of pitches to drive, and I put some good swings on them,” said Cal­houn, who is hit­ting .276 with seven homers and 14 RBIs in 23 games since June 18. “For­tu­nately, they left the yard.”

Jose Al­varez (fifth) and Hansel Robles (sixth) threw score­less in­nings for the An­gels be­fore Be­drosian fal­tered in the sev­enth.

“A cou­ple of mis­takes, a few bad lo­ca­tions, and they made some good swings,” said Be­drosian, who had given up one earned run in 181⁄3 in­nings of his pre­vi­ous 18 games be­fore Fri­day.

Left-han­der Caleb Fer­gu­son struck out three in two score­less re­lief in­nings for the Dodgers be­fore hand­ing the ball to Goed­del and Alexan­der, who walked a tightrope in the ninth in­ning but man­aged to get the Dodgers home safely as they re­mained in first place in the NL West.

Kent Nishimura Los An­ge­les Times

CODY BELLINGER DIVES back to first base on a pick­off as Jose Fer­nan­dez takes the throw. Bellinger had a double and two walks in the win over the An­gels.

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