So Close Yet so Far for LA Against Milwaukee

The offence came out firing in their fourth Spring Training match of the season at Glendale, Arizona, but the first actual spring match in the spring, when the Dodgers found them selves up against the Milwaukee Brewers.

The first inning was a disappointment when Crawford, Figgins and Puig all went hitless to end their first, which allowed Dan Haren to make his Dodgers debut that did not go to plan. Dan pitched two innings and gave up one run in his first on a double to Carlos Gomez when men were on first and second.

LA gave Haren nothing to work with as he left the game down 1-0 after 2 innings. In the third however the bases were loaded with one out when Brewers pitcher Ariel Pena panicked and gave Figgins a walk to score a run. Yasiel Puig was due up and of course he tried to hammer everything for a grand slam. He missed though but scored an RBI with a one out Sac Fly to score Dee Gordon from third who got on through an error by the left fielder Jason Rogers.

Everything stayed calm until the seventh with performances from Dominguez, Rodriguez and Guerra all with a scoreless frame each to keep to score at 2-1 LA. Then in the bottom of the seventh Milwaukee tapped on 4 runs off the pitching of Reed. He found him self with bases loaded with no outs and then 2 doubles score 4 runs, two each.

The score was 5-2 until the Dodgers added two runs and the Brewers one in the 8th inning. 4 hits and a walk in the inning gave the Dodgers a one run deficit with Buss and Robinson scoring on Sweeny and Rojas singles respectively. Milwaukee’s run came off Sosa’s pitching and the lead extended too two.

As the dark sky set in over the field in Glendale the Dodgers took to the plate for one last time with men getting on the corners with no body out when Leach picked off Guerrero at first and the tying run got sent back to the plate. Then Joc Pederson again delivered the goods with an RBI single to left that scored Turner. Hope was still left to send it to extras or even a walk off. The crowd sensed this too with a few very much needed “Let’s go Dodgers” chants. Clint Robinson singled to give himself 3-3 today with 4 hits in a row, including a homer. But it wasn’t enough to give the Dodgers a come back with Sweeny grounding out to be the last out and leave the tying run on 2nd.

Only Uribe got a hit to represent the starting lineup but we saw AJ Ellis catch after a lay off with the flu to be taken over by Fed-Ex early on. Puig got a game along with Scott Van Slyke and Dee Gordon but none of them lasted the distance, as expected.

Zack Greinke has been scratched from his next start in the spring and is now in doubt for the Australia tour that is good because he had no excitement anyway.

The Dodgers back it up tomorrow with a game against San Diego and Beckett taking the mound.

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