LA played the Diamondbacks today for the second day straight in Glendale on the 27th and came away with a much deserved win over the Western Division rivals 4-3.
After throwing just 3 pitchers and facing two batters, Zack Greinke, on his Spring Training debut, got taken out of the game with a calf strain. While the team said it is precautionary the short spring doesn’t help him to be able to throw up to around 90 pitchers.
Greinke pitching during today’s spring training game.
The Dodgers stayed scoreless through the first inning with out even so much of a hit as Arizona took advantage of Chris Withrow’s pitching and grabbed 2 runs on 2 hits in the second.
Shelley Duncan doubled to bring Tuiasosopo around and then later in the same frame Campana grounded out to Hanley Ramirez but still brought Jake Lamb into score.
In the bottom of that second inning Juan Uribe singled to start his day at .1000% and in doing so scored Adrian Gonzalez. Sounds good doesn’t it? Juan Uribe and Adrian Gonzalez, Dodger baseball is back.
Things stayed calm on both sides of the park with Dodger’s pitchers Patterson and Demel combined for 3 scoreless innings combined until Papi went 2 for 2 and smacked a Home Run to left field off RJ Hively. 2-2 at the end of 4.
Then we were derived of Dodger offense until the bottom of the 7th when Harris smacked a flat pitch to RF to score Rojas at a very close play at the plate. LA took the lead with 2 innings left.
The very next inning the Dodgers started a 2 out rally with Turner reaching base with a single and Olivo walked to let Guerrero, the DH, hit a one run single and extended LA’s lead to two runs with one inning to play.
Carlos Frias got the close and earned a save, giving up two hits and a run.
The defense for the Dodgers was also very solid with no errors and no outfielders standing in the wrong spot unlike yesterday.
Some more familiar names took part today for the Dodgers starting line up with Ethier playing center, Hanley Ramirez at SS, Adrian Gonzalez 1B, Puig and SVS took the RF role and Uribe played 3B.
There is still no sign of AJ Ellis however, still recovering from the flu.
The boys in blue hit for 11 hits with Rojas, Turner, Harris, Gonzalez and Baxter all with one a piece. Uribe, Guerrero and Ethier with 2. It’s good seeing some of the less known players getting a hit.
More good news out of Sydney today as work has begun turning the turf of the ground into a baseball field with the hardest part being the clay for the infield and pitchers mound. Three Australian scientists were working for 6 months to get the right mix of local made products into the ground and despite many attempts this has failed.
The end result was the scientists dialing up the Americans and asking for some of their own special clay after it being dubbed by a MLB Sydney official, “It’s like the colonels herbs and spices, it’s a secret and no one knows the recipe.”
Tomorrow match sees Hyun Jin Ryu on the mound taking on the Chicago White Sox for his Spring Training debut for 2014.
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