Angels sweep Dodgers

Anaheim thumped the Dodgers for the third time, dropping them to 12-22 in the final exhibition game of the season in front of 39,368 at Angel Stadium. Kazuhisa Ishii gave up eight runs in three innings and the Angeles coasted to a 13-5 win. The Dodgers pitching staff was battered over the three games with Anaheim outscoring Los Angeles 29-13.

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The Angels swept the Freeway Series for the first time since 1994, They scored a pair of runs in the first inning and added back-to-back home runs for three more runs in the second inning. It was the eighth time in Freeway Series history there has been a three-game sweep, each team having done it four times.

The Dodgers came back with three runs in the third, two of them unearned resulting from a collision between Angels outfielders but Anaheim scored three more runs off Ishii, who allowed nine runs in three innings and left with a 10.88 ERA.

Alex Cora, Cesar Izturis and Olmedo Saenz had two hits for the Dodgers, who stranded nine runners. David Ross and Jason Grabowski had doubles. They had 12 hits off three Angel pitchers but left nine on base.

Jose Lima followed Ishii and gave up five hits and three runs in five innings. Duaner Sanchez allowed an unearned run in one inning and Doug Nickle finished with a scoreless eighth.

Recap--In the Freeway Series the Dodgers hit .288 but the pitching staff recorded an 8.33 ERA, Alex Cora led the hitters with a .667 average (5x8), followed by Juan Encarnacion .635 (5x8), Olmedo Saenz .600 (3x5), Cesar Izturis .400 (4x10), and Adrian Beltré .333 (3x9). Shawn Green, David Ross and Paul Lo Duca hit .143 (1x7) and Jose Hernandez was 0-for-4.