Baseball Note of the Day – August 4, 2014

In a battle of number two starters, the Angels took it to the Dodgers tonight. The Angels, the American League’s second best team behind Oakland, beat up on the Dodgers, possessors of the National League’s best record though a distant third to the AL’s top teams, as Garrett Richards, the Angels number two starter, pitched a complete game five-hit shutout, striking out nine, and getting more than enough run support in the first inning alone, as Angels’ batters scored a big four runs against the Dodgers’ number two starter, Zack Greinke.

A key difference between the two teams was a big element in the Angels’ win: Defense. The Angels, as usual, played stellar defense, while the first of two errors by Dodgers’ shortstop Hanley Ramirez led directly to two of the Angels four first inning runs.

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