Final score: Seattle Mariners, 8 @ Los Angeles Dodgers (SS), 5
After a great Spring Training debut, we were all immensely curious to see how Josh Beckett would fare his second time out. Unfortunately for him, he didn’t look much like he did six days ago. Through 3 innings, he gave up 6 hits (three of which were long balls) and a walk, good for 5 earned runs. While his curve was still impressive, he left far too many fastballs hanging, and paid the price for it. With only one or two appearances left for him to make before the season starts, it’ll be interesting to see how he does next time out and what that means for the rotation going forward.
The subpar pitching didn’t end with Beckett. Jamey Wright pitched two innings and gave up a run on 2 hits and a walk; taken together with his last appearance, it’s difficult to find oneself excited about Wright right about now. Chris Withrow gave a lackluster performance himself, allowing 2 runs (1 earned) in his inning of work, one of which was a home run (Jesus Montero’s second of the day). If anything positive is to be gleaned from his outing, two of the three outs he recorded were punchouts.
Looking good was Jose Dominguez, who pitched 2 scoreless innings, striking out 3 and walking 1. We still have no actual information on just how fast he was throwing, but in my non-professional opinion, it looked pretty darn fast. Paco Rodriguez looked more comfortable on the mound than he has all spring, delivering a clean frame with 1 K.
After striking out three times in the first game of the day, Joc Pederson turned things around by hitting a double that nearly went out of the park and later hitting one that did go out of the park. Dee Gordon also had a pretty successful game offensively, going 2-for-4 with two singles and adding two more stolen bases to his Spring Training record (bringing his total to 7 in as many attempts).
Vin Scully’s got the call tomorrow as Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers face a Giants split squad. Game time is 1 PM—don’t forget that we spring forward tomorrow!
Final score: Los Angeles Dodgers (SS), 5 @ Texas Rangers, 5
One of just two Dodger games not being telecast this Spring Training—something which is extremely unusual and for which we are very fortunate—I was stuck with radio and Gameday for following along with today’s split squad match with the Texas Rangers. That means that, rather than seeing who looks good or bad doing whatever, I’m basically judging results and working with whatever analysis Rick Monday happens to give me.
Well, from the sound of it, Paul Maholm had another strong outing. Through 3 innings, he was charged with an earned run on 3 hits, but that’s misleading, because two of those hits were poorly-handled infield grounders, both to third baseman Brendan Harris. Otherwise, Maholm struck out 4 and walked none. According to Monday, his curveball was in fine form.
Seth Rosin was solid once again, allowing an unearned run in 3 innings of work while striking out 2. He walked a batter and balked, so he wasn’t quite as strong as he was in his prior Spring Training appearances, but it seems as though he was serviceable enough.
A couple of former Mets had big days at the plates. Justin Turner went 2-for-2 with a pair of singles and a walk. Mike Baxter was also 2-for-2 and drove in a couple of runs. Elsewhere, Adrian Gonzalez walked twice, including once with the bases loaded for an RBI.
Henry Sosa pitched 1 1/3 innings, and didn’t fare very well, giving up 3 hits (including a double and a triple) and a walk while striking out 1; he was ultimately charged 3 earned runs.
As a reminder, the other half of the split squad plays tonight at 6 PM PST, and it’s being televised on SportsNet L.A. They’ll be taking on the Mariners.
Final score: Texas Rangers, 1 @ Los Angeles Dodgers, 2
Top Dodger pitching prospect Zach Lee started the game by delivering two scoreless innings, giving up a pair of hits but generally looking pretty sharp, brandishing a curveball that got him called strike three for a K.
He was followed by some solid bullpen work, as Brian Wilson (1 BB), Kenley Jansen (one infield hit), J.P. Howell and Chris Perez (1 H) each delivered blank frames.
In the discouraging-but-fairly-predictable department, Brandon League didn’t look particularly good in his inning of work. He gave up a long single, walked a batter and made a rather ungraceful cover at first (though he did get the out) for one run; in the words of Charley Steiner, “It could’ve been worse.”
Tom Windle, the Dodgers’ 2013 second round draft pick, pitched the final two innings, and managed to protect the Dodgers’ one-run lead. He allowed a hit and a walk while striking out one, looking increasingly comfortable as he went on.
And—and!—Hanley Ramirez homered! Finally! Throughout the Spring Training games thus far, Hanley’s swing hasn’t look quite right—which is fair, considering that he’s had to readjust to swinging in the wake of the broken rib. But he got a hold of a Martin Perez pitch that he drove over the center field wall. Very, very good to see. I’m choosing to focus on that and not the fact that the Dodgers only got three hits on the day (they were walked five times, though, and Carl Crawford drew two of those BB’s).
The Dodgers are playing split squad games tomorrow, the first of which is against the Texas Rangers (again) at noon. That game will not be telecast, but you can listen on 570 AM.
The night game, against the Seattle Mariners, will be broadcast on SportsNet L.A. at 6 PM.
WHO’S MORE ELECTRIC: TROUT VS PUIG?
Normally, spring training baseball is all about ‘getting your work in.’ But today, Dylan went electric. After diving and coming up empty on Mike Trout’s liner, Yasiel Puig teamed up with Hanley Ramirez to throw out WAR’s greatest hero as he tried to score on an inside the park home run. In a further sign that this sentence may eventually sum up the entirety of the 2014 season, instant replay was needed to ascertain that, yes, Trout was out.
Here’s the highlight:
But who’s the more exciting player to watch? Trout may be more fundamentally sound, everything he does possessing a certain Fred Astairian grace, but Puig plays the game with a reckless abandon that makes every play dangerous and frightening. He’s a regular James Dean of the diamond.
Unfortunately, according to our calculations, they are currently equal in their excite-o-meter, so hopefully 2014 will help tip the scales. We’ll have to wait a little while though, as these two teams are not scheduled to face each other until August 4th.
Dr. Frank Jobe, who has served the Los Angeles Dodgers’ organization for the past 50 years and who was a pioneer in the field of sports medicine, died this morning in Santa Monica at the age of 88, his family announced. #ThankYouDrJobe
Final score: Los Angeles Dodgers, 4 @ Los Angeles Angels, 4 (F/10)
In just the first inning, we got to see quite the indoctrination for the new challenge and replay system that will be in place this season. Mike Trout drove the ball to center field, where Yasiel Puig made a futile dive, the ball getting away from him and rolling towards the fence. With Trout speeding around the bases, Puig retrieved the ball and got it to Hanley Ramirez, who delivered it to A.J. Ellis at the plate just in time to tag Trout out and rob him of an inside-the-park home run. If that description doesn’t suffice, you can see it here. Mike Scioscia then came out to contest the call, but it wound up being upheld.
All of that happened with Dan Haren on the mound, who had an encouraging outing, delivering 4 scoreless innings with 3 hits allowed and 3 batters struck out.
C.J. Wilson pitched 4 scoreless innings as well, and, like in last night’s game, the Dodgers didn’t record a hit until the 5th inning. Also like last night’s game, the first Dodger runs came on a grand slam. In the top of the 6th, A.J. drew his second walk of the game, Hanley was hit on the elbow by a pitch (a truly unnecessary scare), and Adrian Gonzalez singled (he’s hitting .400 thus far this spring, by the way), setting the stage for Scott Van Slyke. Or should I say SCOTT VAN SLAM?!
Javy Guerra pitched two solid innings (0 R, 3 H, 1 K, 1 BB), followed by a frame from Carlos Frias (1 R, 2 H). We also got to see Chris Anderson, the Dodgers’ first round draft pick from 2013, make his debut in blue, pitching one scoreless inning with a hit and a walk. He started the 9th inning and recorded an out, but he also walked another batter, then was removed after hitting John Hester with a pitch.
His replacement, Daniel Moskos, gave up a 3-run shot to C.J. Cron, and Sam Demel had to come in to bail him out. With the score tied, managers Don Mattingly and Mike Scioscia agreed to play one more.
Outfield prospect Scott Schebler hit a two-out, standup triple, but wound up stuck there as Dee Gordon was robbed of a base hit by—who’d have guessed it?—C.J. Cron.
Demel retired the side quickly (including one K) in the bottom of the 10th to preserve the tie.
Tomorrow, it’s Dodgers vs. Rangers at Camelback Ranch. Game time is noon.
Final score: Los Angeles Dodgers, 10 @ Cincinnati Reds, 3
Hyun-Jin Ryu gave up 2 runs on 4 hits and 2 walks in his four innings of work, but he actually looked pretty good. After laboring a bit through the first two innings, he struck out the side in order in the 3rd and faced the minimum in the 4th.
The Dodgers were held hitless—base runner-less, actually—through the first four innings. Adrian Gonzalez broke that up in the top of the 5th with a leadoff single that evaded the shift the Reds had on him. Juan Uribe then hit what should have been an easy catch for someone, but instead, this happened (via DanielBrim). I’m not sure I’ve stopped laughing since.
Joc Pederson, once again showing off that good eye, drew a walk, loading the bases for Alexander Guerrero, who promptly unloaded them with a beautiful swing for a grand slam.
The Dodger offense was hardly done, as they would tack on 6 more runs, including one on a solo shot by Gonzalez. Uribe went 2-for-3 with two base hits and a sacrifice fly. Spring Training or not, it was nice to see this outburst of offensive activity, especially from guys who will be everyday starters.
As for the bullpen, Jose Dominguez once again looked very good, throwing a perfect frame and striking out one. It’s a shame we don’t have measurements on how fast he’s throwing, but it’s worth noting that his control looks pretty spot on. Paco Rodriguez threw another scoreless inning, though he did allow a hit and a walk and needed a nice play in right field to get out of it unscathed. Matt Magill had an alright outing, giving up one run in three innings. That run came on a home run by Neftali Soto; Magill’s line for the day was 2 H, 3 K and 1 BB.
It’s a noon start tomorrow as the Dodgers head to Tempe to face the Angels. Dan Haren is up first for the Boys in Blue.
Brian Wilson pulls a knuckleball out of his beard for his first pitch of the afternoon.
Final Score: Seattle Mariners, 4 @ Los Angeles Dodgers, 1
The positives: Brian Wilson and Kenley Jansen each looked very good in their innings of work. Wilson, making his first start since A ball in 2004, struck out one, and got some help from Chone Figgins and Justin Turner’s nice defensive plays (and, apparently, threw a knuckleball for a strike as his first pitch); Jansen then struck out two.
Chris Perez also pitched a nice frame, recording two K’s of his own. Chris Withrow followed up with two scoreless innings, walking 2 and striking out 1 (also getting help from this impressive running, over-the-shoulder Joc Pederson catch). Red Patterson tacked on two more scoreless innings, allowing 2 hits while striking out 2.
In his first appearance in a Dodger uniform, Trayvon Robinson went 1-for-2 with a home run, the only run the Dodgers would get today. Hm, that’s actually kind of a negative. So, let’s look at…
The negatives: J.P. Howell got knocked around a bit by the Mariners’ lineup, giving up 3 runs (2 earned) on 4 hits. He was almost helped by a nice throw from Yasiel Puig to home plate that was a split second late to get the runner out, but he was also hurt by a bad throw from Yasiel Puig to third base that allowed the runner to go home.
Jamey Wright’s appearance also didn’t go very well, in spite of the fact that he struck out two. He gave up a single and a double, but made a bad pickoff throw to first that allowed James Jones to take third, followed by an especially wild pitch that allowed Jones to score.
Tomorrow is the first night game of Spring Training, a 6:05 PM start time against the Cincinnati Reds.