March 13, 2016 by Shannon Michael Smith
Scottsdale, AZ. The Dodgers faced the Rockies at their Cactus League home, Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. Tug McGraw’s kid, Tim (he’s kind of a famous country singer), appeared there as the venue also hosts concerts, etc. We here at rascalsoftheravine remember Tim being involved in a crime that involved a horse a while back, which resulted in assault charges on a deputy being filed. We’ll take Merle Haggard over Tim any day.
Remember readers, rascalsoftheravine heads for Tequila Towers (our digs at Dodger Spring Training) on Tuesday the 15th! Better batten down the hatches, Glendale!
According to the tongue depressor set (we mean doctors, millennials), Corey Seager (strained knee) should be okay for opening day. Yasmani Grandal will return to the lineup (bruised wing) on Monday to catch Kazmir. Clayton Kershaw grabbed some lumber today (first hurler of the spring to do so, he walked and struck out).
How’d They Pitch?
It was Kershaw’s third start for Cactus League play this year. After surrendering a leadoff single to Charlie Blackmon, King Kersh whirled around to pick him off two pitches later. Joc Pederson dove like Greg Louganis to save a double later in the inning. Kersh skated through a 1-2-3 second (he’d end up retiring seven in-a-row by the end of the third). All-in-all, Kershaw tossed five scoreless innings, giving up just two hits on sixty pitches (0.90 ERA this spring so far).
Yimi Garcia slung a smooth sixth and Adam Liberatore AKA The Libber chucked a drama-free seventh, which lowered his ERA to 4.50. Jharel Cotton (he impressed in the Texas League last year but will probably start ’16 in Oklahoma City) coughed up a two-run double in the eighth. A RBI ground-rule double followed. 6-3 Dogs. Matt West (pitched two scoreless innings against The Giants last year in his two appearances for the season…4.91 ERA this spring) yielded a home run in the ninth. 6-4 Dogs.
How’d They Hit?
More Monster Mash. In the second inning, Van Slyke (.450) grooved his third GRAVEYARD SMASH this spring over the left-center wall to give The Dogs a bone, 1-0. Ellis (.313) singled, Cody Bellinger (who continues to turn heads) bashed a double, and Kershaw walked to load the bases. Joc Pederson pulverized a 2-RBI single into center to bring the Dogs up 3-0. Ellis shined again in the third with a savvy bunt to bring Ethier charging home from third. Hernandez walked. Ellis scored (from first!) on yet another Bellinger double. 6-0 Dogs. We may be beating this to death, but Dave Roberts has Dodger rabbits running this spring! Sayonara Scottsdale!