The Five Most Memorable Freeway Series Games Between The Dodgers & Angels

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The Most Memorable Freeway Series Game: The Dodgers No-Hit Win Over The Angels

The Angels and Dodgers resume their interleague rivalry Friday night at Dodger Stadium, the first of two straight weekends these two teams will meet. The most memorable game in the Freeway Series between the Dodgers and Angels is notable if only for its linescore:

Team R H E
Angels 0 5 2
Dodgers 1 0 2

On June 28, 2008 at Dodger Stadium, the Dodgers were held by Jered Weaver and Jose Arredondo without a hit...but they won. The Dodgers were in a dark place offensively in late June 2008; Rafael Furcal had been sidelined since the beginning of May, and they were about a month away from trading for Manny Ramirez.

Matt Kemp led off the fifth inning with a cue ball grounder that eluded Weaver for an error. Kemp then stole second base and advanced to third on a throwing error by catcher Jeff Mathis. A Blake DeWitt sacrifice fly brought home the game's only run.

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Matt Kemp reached on an error, advanced on another error, and scored the game's only run on a sacrifice fly (Getty Images)

The Dodgers were only the fifth team since 1919 to win without collecting a hit, and the first since 1992. Chad Billingsley pitched seven scoreless innings for the win, and though he didn't yet know it, Billingsley foreshadowed in talking with Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times:

Asked whether any part of him sympathized with Weaver, Billingsley laughed.

"No," he said.

He paused, and then continued, "I don't want to ever experience that."

Billingsley did experience that, or at least got really close, earlier this year, when he allowed just one hit to the Diamondbacks, but lost 1-0. It was the first loss by the Dodgers when only allowing one hit since 1914.

For more news and information on the Freeway Series, be sure to read the SB Nation blogs True Blue LA and Halos Heaven.

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Most Memorable Freeway Series Games: Todd Zeile Gives Dodgers Walk-Off Win In First Regular Season Matchup With Angels

As the Angels and Dodgers renew their interleague rivalry Friday night, it's time to look back on the most memorable regular season Freeway Series games. The second most memorable was the first regular season game between these two teams, on June 17, 1997 at Dodger Stadium. This was back when interleague play was new and fresh.

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This was in 1997, back when fans showed up to Dodger Stadium (Getty Images)

Chuck Finley started for the Angels, opposed by Chan Ho Park and the Dodgers. This was back when Jim Edmonds roamed center field in Anaheim, and the Dodgers two through five hitters -- Todd Zeile, Mike Piazza, Eric Karros, and Raul Mondesi -- all hit 30 home runs that season. Zeile hit a home run in the eighth inning to cut the Angels' lead to 3-2, but things looked bleak when Troy Percival came in to close it out for the Angels.

Wilton Guerrero -- remember him? -- led off the ninth inning with a single, and was sacrificed to second base by Brett Butler. That brought Zeile to the plate again, but Percival's second pitch to Zeile was wild, and this was the time when the Dodgers had a ton of foul territory, especially behind the plate. Guerrero scored all the way from second base, conjuring up images of Kirk Gibson doing the same in 1988, to tie the score.

Shaken, Percival's next pitch to Zeile, a fastball, was hit deep into the left field bleachers, giving the Dodgers the walk-off win. "I broke down on that pitch. I threw him a hard one and he knew it was coming," Percival said after the game. It was quite a memorable way to begin a regular season rivalry.

For more news and information on the Freeway Series, be sure to read the SB Nation blogs True Blue LA and Halos Heaven.

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Most Memorable Freeway Series Games: Chan Ho Park Gets His Kicks

The Dodgers host the Angels on Friday night in the first of a three-game series at Dodger Stadium, and the first of two straight weekends these two teams will play their Freeway Series. The third most memorable game between the Dodgers and Angels happened on June 5, 1999, and was remembered for a kick.

Chan Ho Park started for the Dodgers, and fell behind 4-0 thanks to a grand slam by Angels catcher Matt Walbeck in the fourth frame. Starting for the Angels was former Dodger Tim Belcher, who started two games in the 1988 World Series for L.A. In the fifth inning, Park was batting, and he laid down a sacrifice bunt, which was fielded by Belcher.

Belcher fielded the ball up the first base line and tagged Park, only a little too hard. After a few words between the two pitchers, Park unleashed a spinning kick at Belcher, and benches cleared. "He tagged me hard and it hurt," Park told the Los Angeles Times after the game. "I said, 'What's up with that?' He said, 'Get the . . . out of here.' What was I going to do?"

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Two unfortunate uniform choices: the periwinkle pinstripes for the Angels, and the rare blue jersey tops for the Dodgers

Understandably, the Angels weren't too fond of Park's actions. "The last time I saw someone kick somebody in a fight, it was my little sister kicking my brother for taking her Barbie doll," shortstop Gary DiSarcina said to Bill Plaschke. "Is this the new Dodger blue? Karate kick blue?" As for the game itself, the Dodger rallied for seven unanswered runs, taking the lead on a grand slam by Devon White, and won the game 7-4.

For more news and information on the Freeway Series, be sure to read the SB Nation blogs True Blue LA and Halos Heaven.

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Most Memorable Freeway Series Games: Jered Weaver Vs. Jeff Weaver, A Brotherly Duel

The Angels and Dodgers get together for the Freeway Series beginning Friday night at Dodger Stadium, the 15th season of interleague play. Looking back at the five most memorable matchups between these two teams, the fourth most memorable game provided a battle of brotherly love. Brothers Jered Weaver and Jeff Weaver matched up for the first time on a major league mound on June 20, 2009.

Jeff Weaver was the older brother, but his best days were behind him. He pitched all year in the minors in 2008, and emerged as a right-handed reliever and spot starter for the Dodgers in 2009. Jered Weaver was the young stud, on his way to becoming one of the best pitchers in the league, if he wasn't there already. On paper, this was a mismatch, but things don't always work out on the field like they do on paper.

The two teams were tied 2-2 in the fifth inning, but the Dodgers rallied for three runs off Weaver the younger in that frame, then added another tally in the sixth. A Gary Matthews Jr. home run off closer Jonathan Broxton made the final margin closer, but the Dodgers still won 6-4. Jeff picked up the win, besting his younger brother one final time, keeping the familial order in place.

For more news and information on the Freeway Series, be sure to read the SB Nation blogs True Blue LA and Halos Heaven.

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The Five Most Memorable Freeway Series Games Between The Dodgers & Angels

As the Angels and Dodgers resume their Freeway Series rivalry Friday night at Dodger Stadium, it's time to review the last 14 years worth of interleague play to find the most memorable games between the Angels and Dodgers. Even though the two clubs have played 105 times during spring training in their 50 years of co-existence, we are sticking to regular season matchups for purposes of finding the most memorable games.

The fifth most memorable Dodgers/Angels tilt happened on April 2, 2010 in Anaheim. OK, I lied, this is a spring training game, but bear with me. On the field, this was the first game against the Angels for Garret Anderson, a Dodger in 2010 who had left Anaheim after 15 years as an Angel. Yet, the crowd gave Anderson, holder of several franchise records and a key player on their 2002 World Series winner, just a lukewarm ovation. Just shameful.

But not as shameful as what happened in the stands. The television broadcast scanned the crowd, and found an Angels fan wearing what can best be described as an adult onesie. Then, sure enough a Dodgers fan in similar garb walked into the picture. The result was history:

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For more news and information on the Freeway Series, be sure to read the SB Nation blogs True Blue LA and Halos Heaven.

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