The Los Angeles Dodgers came home to the Camelback Ranch on Tuesday when they lost 4-1 to the Seattle Mariners.
The starting pitchers were some of the best pitchers in baseball. On the Mariners side there was “The King” Felix Hernandez and for the Dodgers they’re very well known closer or set up man Brian Wilson.
Wilson debuted his knuckleball up on the mound and came away with a perfect first inning and a strikeout. The knuckleball looked a little shaky with the odd pitch staying up in the zone and looking threatened to be hit.
This led to the Dodgers having their first chance to score that started with a double from Puig, then a walk to Carl Crawford to have a big threat with no outs. Hanley Ramirez rounded into a double play to remove both he and Crawford from the bases. Puig was at third with 2 outs, needing Andre Ethier to send him home. Ethier couldn’t hit a thing out there as he struck out and ended the inning with one on.
Kenley Jansen took over from Wilson, a sight that we will see very often during the year, and also throw one perfect 1-2-3 inning with 2 strikeouts and a ground out. Kenley looked like he was already in mid season form with his fastball hitting mid nineties at one point and his changeup really threw batters off guard.
The Dodgers went down quietly in the second again with only Uribe getting a single but being moved around to second on a wild pitch from “The King”. Again a runner was on third base with two outs as Uribe went there after a ground out to Clint Robinson. Turner however grounded out to end the inning and keep 0’s up on the board.
Things got crazy in the third, like it did yesterday, when JP Howell conceded 3 runs and but the Dodgers in a hole. It started on a single to James Jones, followed by a long double to Mike Zunino to have runners on first and third with no body out. Jones was caught in a run down at home plate after three throws got him, on to Uribe and third and then 2 to AJ Ellis at home. Brad Miller singles on a line drive to right fielder Yasiel Puig to score Jones and Miller and Marte, who previously got on in the run down, scored on another single to Puig which resulted in a throwing error when he tried to gun down Seager on the throw.
Mike Jones scored from first on a wild throw off Jamey Wright after putting a single up with one out. The score was now 4-0 after just 4 innings.
No more runs were scored until the 8th inning when Travyon Robinson smacked a ball to deep left to add a solo shot and the Dodgers were on the board.
After the fourth inning Perez, Withrow and Paterson took over and put up 5 scoreless innings to help LA with the later two each throwing for 6 outs.
Puig, Robinson, Uribe, Ramirez and Rojas all got a solo hit for the Dodgers 5 for the day. Guerrero didn’t play for the first time since Spring Training commenced for second base was played by Figgins (0-2) and Dee Gordon (0-1). Ethier is still hitting .417 despite going 0-1 today and Robinson is hitting .429.
In more bad news Ross Stripling is scheduled to have an MRI Wednesday morning to recover from his very tight elbow that he suffered last Thursday while pitching against Arizona.
The Dodgers take on the 3-3 Reds tomorrow with Hyun Jin Ryu on the mound to start.