Angels 3, Dodgers 1
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP)—Aaron Sele could hardly believe it when Anaheim manager Mike Scioscia told him to go back out to the mound for the sixth inning. Only Scioscia was kidding.
Sele scattered four singles and shut out Los Angeles for five innings—his Scioscia-mandated limit—as the Angels beat the Dodgers 3-1 Sunday to sweep the Freeway Series.
Sele (4-6) struck out one, walked two and was aided by two double plays. He had thrown just 70 pitches through five innings, and thought for a moment he was going to keep pitching.
“Mike asked me, `Do you feel good, want to go one more inning?”’ Sele said. “I looked down at him and he laughed and said, `You’re done.”’
The Dodgers, who scored just two runs in the three games, have lost six of seven overall. Los Angeles is three games back of San Francisco in the NL West and only one in front of third-place Arizona, which has won 11 straight.
Sele has been inconsistent as he works his way back from offseason shoulder surgery. Scioscia, last season’s AL manager of the year, decided to limit him to a maximum of five innings for a couple of starts so that he would pitch more aggressively early in the game—knowing that his time on the mound would be short and he wouldn’t try to pace himself for the sixth and seventh.
“Sele did a good job. I think Aaron knows what we’re trying to do is build up his stamina. Stamina isn’t there when you come back from surgery,” Scioscia said.
The Angels, who won one of three games at Dodger Stadium the previous weekend, scored three times off Odalis Perez in the second inning.
Anaheim’s Scot Shields pitched two hitless innings, and Ben Weber a scoreless eighth. Troy Percival gave up a leadoff homer to Mike Kinkade in the ninth before finishing for his 16th save in 17 chances and third in as many days against the Dodgers.
Playing the weekend series before sellout crowds mostly clad in Angels’ red, Anaheim got good pitching against the weak-hitting Dodgers, beating them 3-0 in the opener and 3-1 Saturday night.
“We got three really good starts and we can build on that,” Percival said. “It’s great to see those guys (the starters) do well because they’ve been taking abuse from left and right.”
Sele, who has pitched into the seventh inning in only one of his 10 starts this season, ran his career record against the Dodgers to 5-0 with a 1.00 ERA in five starts.
Perez (5-6) allowed three runs on eight hits in six innings, with five strikeouts and four walks.
He wasn’t surprised the Dodgers scored just two runs in the series.
“We’ve been doing that a lot of times this year. I don’t know what we’re going to do,” he said. “If we really want to go to the playoffs, we need those guys doing something. If we keep playing the way we’re playing, there’s no way for us to go anywhere.
“We need to start producing runs, or start getting somebody who can do it. All of the pressure is on the pitching staff, and that’s not fair. We’re frustrated because we want to win.”
By winning four of six against the Dodgers this year, the Angels hold a20-18 edge in the all-time interleague series.
Erstad went 3-for-4 and stole two bases. … Los Angeles 1B Fred McGriff, out with a strained right groin muscle since June 14, was eligible to come off the disabled list Sunday, but manager Jim Tracy said McGriff wasn’t ready. Tracy plans to give McGriff a couple more days off and re-evaluate his status Tuesday. … Anaheim’s Ramon Ortiz tries to finish June undefeated when he goes to the mound Monday against Texas. Ortiz is 5-0 in five starts during the month, the first Angels pitcher with five victories in a month since KenHill in April 1998. Ortiz will face the Rangers’ John Thomson.