Hyun Jin Ryu got the start today for the Los Angeles Dodgers against the Oakland Athletics just one day after the news he would start the second game for the team in Sydney.
He pitched a perfect first inning with a strike out to reassure Donnie and the staff they made the right choice.
Carl Crawford got on first with a walk in the bottom of the first and Hanley Ramirez singled to have 1st and 2nd with out out when clean up hitter Andre Ethier was at the plate. He waited for one ball to launch his first HR of the spring to very deep left field to score 3. He seemed to have hit the ball with a smile on his face, almost like he knew what was going to happen.
Ryu stayed in the game until he had pitched 5 innings and threw 70 times and only gave up one run off a solo home run to Michael Taylor. Nothing seemed wrong for Hyun Jin today as he went 5IP, 3H, 1ER, 1BB, 4K.
Brandon League came in for the 6th inning with a 4-1 lead. He faced Nick Punto and walked him on 6 pitches and then gave Josh Donaldson a high slider on 1-2 which he smashed over the wall in centre and had all Dodger fans a little worried.
Questions really are being asked now about League and if he is a wasted spot on the roster.
League left the game after 0.2IP with 1H and 2ER on him.
Everything came alive once more for LA with 4 hits and 4 runs being scored. SVS got things started with a single but was erased with a fielders choice ball with Fed-Ex batting. Chone Figgins walked. Mike Baxter then singled to load the bases with one out. Miguel Olivo had his chance for some RBIs and he certainly delivered. A long double to the left field fence cleared the bases and extended the Dodgers’ lead out to 7-3. It was 8-3 shortly after with Miguel Rojas scoring Olivo from second. Miguel scored Miguel.
Perez and Howell shared the 7th inning on the pitching side and Brian Wilson took over for the 8th. He didn’t start with a knuckleball but he did throw one in his first batter Addison Russell. Russell doubled off Wilson and Martinez scored him on a single past the diving glove of Clint Robinson at first base. There is now a concern that Wilson may have injured something.
Donnie had seen enough after one out and Frias took over and just couldn’t find the zone. He started with a walk, then a hit, then Frias gave up another and then another hit and then, you guessed it, another hit to score 5 with no outs on Frias. One of the runs was credited to Brian Wilson however. The score was now 8-8.
It was time to change that with Matt Magill pitching with runners on 1st and 2nd with 1 out.
And he struck him out! 2 outs were in the 8th inning. Then a 5-4 ground ball finished things up for the Dodgers but not with out a lot of pain.
A draw was looming.
The Dodgers replied to the A’s massive inning with nothing. No hits and a strikeout.
Kenley Jansen came in to pitch the 9th inning to try and keep the score at 8-8. Of course he went perfect with a K. Because you can’t spell Kenley without a K.
The Dodgers went down quietly in the 9th and yes we had another tie. Can the real season get here now please?
Dan Haren will pitch tomorrow against the Royals at Surprise. (That’s the place.)