In what was certainly an exclamation point to an outstanding regular season, the Dodgers defeated the Angels 3-0 on Sunday as the final tuneup to the 2020 playoffs. The victory also secured the team’s sixth series sweep of the season.
Outfielder AJ Pollock got the scoring started for the Dodgers in the bottom of the first inning with a solo blast over the left-center field wall. In the third frame, Los Angeles tacked on two more after Austin Barnes scored on a Corey Seager fielder’s choice, followed by Joc Pederson crossing the plate on an error by Angels’ first baseman Jared Walsh.
The Dodgers held onto the three-run lead until the seventh inning. Pollock lifted his 16th homer of the season to center field, scoring Joc Pederson and stretching the Los Angeles lead to five. Pollock ended his day by going 3-for-3 with the two long balls and three RBI.
Infielder Jahmai Jones had two of the Angels’ three hits.
One notable absence from the Dodgers’ lineup was right fielder Mookie Betts, who was struck on the hip by a pitch in Saturday’s contest. According to reports, Betts is fine but experiencing slight soreness. He is scheduled to take swings in a sim game on Tuesday.
Justin Turner was also removed from the game after playing five innings in the field—also believed to be a precautionary move. As mentioned by J.P. Hoornstra of the OC Register, Turner finished the regular season Finishes the season with a 31-game on-base streak—the longest in the majors—and a .307/.400/.460 slash line.
Pitching-wise, the Dodgers once again looked sharp. Lefty Victor Gonzalez opened for the club, allowing just one hit over his one inning of work. Righty Dustin May threw the bulk of innings in relief, surrendering two hits and two walks over four full innings while striking out five batters.
Patrick Sandoval registered the loss for the Angels.
The Dodgers will face the Brewers in the opening playoff round beginning on Wednesday. Milwaukee lost to St. Louis on Sunday but secured the final National League postseason spot as a result of a tiebreaker with san Francisco.
Be sure to check back tomorrow, as Andy will be putting together the first of hopefully many playoff previews.