March 12, 2016 by Shannon Michael Smith
Glendale, AZ. Here’s the latest on spring training bang-ups…Corey Seager was removed from the game in the third inning yesterday. After an MRI today, it looks like he’s out for a couple of weeks (left knee sprain). Alex Guerrero was scratched again, but should be back very soon (knee). Alex Wood was going to pitch the Seattle game but was pulled from the lineup (Dodgers are being overly cautious, which is good, about his left forearm tightness). Justin Turner will DH Monday. Split-squad today, the other half of The Dogs battled Seattle to an 8-4 victory, thanks to Rob Segedin’s two-run blast in the tenth inning.
Those of you without Sportsnet L.A. are missing out on the Dodger Clubhouse’s candid peeks at team bonding outings (Van Slyke and some of the pitching staff went to a rodeo recently). Rascalsoftheravine can recommend a great place that will have every Dodger player singing “Kumbaya” and holding hands. It’s called ANY BAR WITHIN A 10-MILE RADIUS (see attached pic). Vegas sharks have picked the Cubbies to go all the way this year. They entered tonight’s contest with a 2-8 spring training record.
How’d They Pitch?
Brandon Beachy (AKA the Kaiser of Kokomo) looked bellissimo as he pitched three scoreless innings (make it five altogether this spring). Joe Blanton entered the game in the fourth. Is it just me, or does Blanton look like he’s being sweated by customs officials when he’s on the mound? The perspiration that flies off his head could fill a reservoir! He emerged after two innings of work unscathed, surrendering only one hit and two walks. Hatcher pitched a scoreless sixth. Luis Avilan gave up a run in the seventh, 3-1 Dogs. Elder statesman (he’s 41) Jamey Wright entered in the eighth (you have to wonder if he oils his elbows like the tin man before starts these days) and loaded the bases rather quickly. Then, he walked in a run. A sac fly by the next batter, Almora, tied the game 3-3. Wright didn’t fare any better in the ninth as he gave up a two-run shot to give the Cubs a 5-4 lead. It’s been a tough spring for the old man so far (10.80 ERA in just over three innings of work).
How’d They Hit?
Chase Utley (he’s thrilled about having a bone-breaking rule nicknamed after him, just ask!) ripped a triple in the second inning, Austin Barnes walked afterward. Cubs catcher Contreras had trouble handling their middle reliever Cahill’s curves in the dirt. A wild pitch scored Utley, and Barnes tore over from first to third (more Dave Roberts inspired rocket-running) and also scored on another Cahill-Contreras cock-up. 2-0 Dodgers. Barnes hits a solo shot in the fifth (5 HR in 18 at bats this spring). 3-0 Dogs. In the eighth, Charlie Culberson reached second on an error by Cubs shortstop Russell. C.C. scored later on a Brandon Hicks RBI. 4-3 Dogs.
In the bottom of the ninth, The Cubs’ Batista couldn’t find the strike zone. Willie Calhoun walked, followed by a Kyle Farmer single and a Bellinger walk to load the bases. Batista walked Culberson (.387 1HR 8 RBI this spring) to tie the game before beaning Hicks to give the boys in blue another spring victory, 6-5.