04/03/12 1:51 AM ET
Dodgers come up empty in Freeway opener
By Alden Gonzalez / MLB.com
Monday kicked off the first of three Freeway Series exhibition games between the crosstown rivals, and also the first game Pujols played at his new home. The $240 million slugger -- who got a standing ovation from the announced crowd of 33,111 each time he came to bat -- went hitless, but did drive in a run on a bases-loaded walk and was robbed of a single on a slick play from third baseman Juan Uribe. Pujols also fielded a Dee Gordon grounder and threw out Uribe trying to score in the fifth.
For the Dodgers, Matt Kemp went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts, but made a diving catch in left-center field, robbing Trumbo of extra bases. Uribe, Mark Ellis and Juan Rivera, who added an RBI double, each had two hits.
Reliever Jamey Wright got the start for the Dodgers and hurled two scoreless frames, and Josh Lindblom -- competing for the final spot in manager Don Mattingly's 'pen -- hurled 1 1/3 shutout innings, giving up a walk and striking out two.
Dan Haren, who was battling what he called "dead arm" his last time out, seemed to have his normal crispness in his final spring tuneup, giving up a run on six hits in 5 2/3 innings. Haren struck out five hitters and walked none, and finished the spring with 25 strikeouts and only two walks in 26 1/3 innings.
The Angels picked up three runs off Todd Coffey in the third, scoring on a Pujols walk and a two-run single by Torii Hunter. Kendrys Morales -- batting from the left side -- added an RBI double in the fifth, and Peter Bourjos drove in a run with a single in the sixth to make it a 5-1 game.
Adam Kennedy delivered a run-scoring single in the seventh to bring the Dodgers within 5-2, but third baseman Trumbo responded in the bottom half of the inning with a three-run, line-drive homer just over the left-field fence off Kenley Jansen to make the score 8-2.
Up next for Dodgers: The Dodgers will play their first game of 2012 at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, when they host the Angels for the second game of the three-game Freeway Series. Aaron Harang, who had a 3.15 ERA in 20 Cactus League innings, will match up against the Angels' Ervin Santana in the 7:10 p.m. PT game, which will be on MLB.TV and KCAL-9.
Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his columns and his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.