March 5, 2016 by Shannon Michael Smith
Alex Guerrero was scratched from the lineup today as he banged up his knee earlier during a slide. The coaching staff doesn’t seem to think it’s serious, they’ll take a gander at it tomorrow after some icing.
How’d They Pitch?
Today’s game saw the debut of Kenta Maeda (love the fact that this guy pitched for the Hiroshima Carp in Japan, check out their logo), who pitched two scoreless innings, with two strikeouts and a base hit. Sure, it’s only spring, and Arizona didn’t exactly send its big guns to the plate, but Maeda looked comfortable (Yasmani Grandal called his first appearance “pretty dominant”). Old man Jamey Wright (his pitching career began in ’96!) made an quick 1-2-3 appearance in the 5th. De Leon (#23 prospect) tossed the 6th and 7th, ringing up four Ks and giving up two hits (prompting many so-called professional sportswriters to practically plug him into Anderson’s spot…easy people, easy). With all these pampered scribes whining on Twitter about hotels and early flights, it’s amazing anything gets written at all. What do they expect? Leer jets and the Four Seasons? On the other hand, when so many articles appear to have been written by a soulless computer anyway, perhaps some of them should seek out a new career in Silicon Valley. Chris Anderson finished the game with two scoreless innings (3 strike outs, 1 hit).
How’d They Hit?
Dodger bats were poderoso today! Kendrick and Ether started the 1st off with base hits and Puig hit a sac fly, scoring Kendrick. Corey Brown (appeared in 3 games last year with the Red Sox and 36 games with the Nationals from ’11-’13) added a RBI in the 2nd. Culbertson (played 6 games last year for the Giants) continues to rip as he smoked a RBI double in the 6th. Alex Hassan (ex- Red Sox, appeared in 74 games with Buffalo AAA last year) decided to get in on the action, which led a irritated Culberson to turn to a familiar face in the stands and shout “Mom, he’s copying me!” And Rob Segedin went Paul Bunyan with two deep jacks (in the 6th and 8th innings) that drove in 3 runs altogether. 7-2 Dogs!