Here’s a look back on Friday’s Cactus League Spring Training games:
Los Angeles Dodgers (10) vs. Milwaukee (1)
The Dodgers’ offense scored 10 runs and totaled 16 hits behind the bats of Alex Guerrero and rookie Joc Pederson. Guerrero, who is fighting for a roster spot, played third base and went 2-for-3 with a home run and a single. He is now 5-for-7 this spring. Pederson, an uber prospect, also went 2-for-3 with a single and a double. Catcher A.J. Ellis went 1-for-3 with a home run and three RBI. On the pitching side of the ball, 18-year-old Julio Urias, the Dodgers’ prized prospect, pitched 1.2 innings, walking three batters and striking out a pair.
Matt Garza started for the Brewers, allowing five runs (1 earned) on five hits, walking one and striking out one over two innings of work. The Brewers offense compiled just two hits on the day with their lone run coming from an RBI groundout by 30-year-old catcher Nevin Ashley.
Los Angeles Dodgers (7) vs. Seattle (4)
David Huff, who started the second of the Dodgers’ split-squad games, pitched two scoreless innings, giving up one hit and striking out a pair. Jimmy Rollins lead off and went 1-for-2 on the day. Andre Ethier, who has been involved in trade rumors, started in right field and went 1-for-2 on the day.
Erasmo Ramirez took the mound for the Mariners and allowed two unearned runs over two innings of work. Rickie Weeks started in left field and went 0-for-3 at the plate, striking out two times. Chris Taylor, who is competing with Brad Miller to be the starting shortstop, provided the offense, going 2-for-2 with a homer, a triple and recorded three RBI on the day.
Oakland (7) vs. Arizona (2)
Backup catcher Josh Phegley, who was acquired as part of the Jeff Samardzija this offseason, provided the offense, going 3-for-4 with three doubles and driving in three RBI. The spring’s hottest hitter, Marcus Semien, went 1-for-4 with a single and two strikeouts. Speedster Biller Burns reached base three times going 2-for-3 with two singles, a walk and a stolen base.
Robbie Ray started for the Diamondbacks, allowing two earned runs, two hits and two walks over two innings. Slugger Paul Goldschmidt went 1-for-3 with a single. Cuban rookie Yasmany Tomas started at DH today and went 0-for-3 with a strikeout.
San Diego (5) vs. Chicago White Sox (0)
Padres’ pitching dominated the day. Starter Odrisamer Despaigne, who is competing for the fifth spot in the rotation, pitched two scoreless innings, giving up two hits, a walk and recording two strikeouts. Brandon Morrow, who is also competing to be the fifth starter, gave up two hits and a walk while striking out one over two innings of work. On offense, Matt Kemp started in right field and went 2-for-3 with an RBI.
White Sox star rookie Carlos Rodon shined this afternoon pitching two scoreless innings, allowing one hit and striking out four. Center fielder Adam Eaton went 1-for-2 with a double, a walk and a stolen base. Gordon Beckham got the start at second base but was 0-for-3 at the plate.
Cincinnati (5) vs. Chicago Cubs (2)
Tony Cingrani, who is competing for a spot in the rotation, tossed two scoreless innings, allowing two hits, a walk and striking out one. Offensively, journeyman Brennan Boesch provided the thump with a three-run homer. Billy Hamilton started in center field but had a quiet day going 0-for-2 at the plate. Jay Bruce went 1-for-2 with a double, and rookie Jesse Winker recorded an RBI groundout but was hitless in two at-bats.
Jon Lester started for the Cubs, allowing one hit over two innings and striking out three. (Earlier this offseason, however, Dan Domenick discusses why he’s going to avoid drafting Lester in leagues this season.) Jason Motte and Hector Rondon each pitched a scoreless frame. Javier Baez started at shortstop but went 0-for-3 with a strikeout. He also committed an error in the field.
Royals (11) vs. Indians (9)
A high-scoring affair, Alex Rios brought the lumber for the Royals, going 3-for-4 with a single, double, home run and three RBI. (We’ve tabbed Rios as an undervalued outfielder this preseason.)Pitcher Yordano Ventura started the game but lasted just one inning, allowing four hits on four runs, walking two and striking out one.
Danny Salazar started for the Indians and gave up two runs on three hits, walking one and striking out four over two innings of work. Michael Bourn hit leadoff, going 1-for-1 from the plate and drawing two walks. Ryan Raburn recorded two hits and two RBI while 26-year-old catcher Roberto Perez had two hits and recorded three RBI.
Angels (3) vs. Colorado (0)
Jered Weaver took the mound for the Angels and tossed 2.2 scoreless innings, giving up two hits, a walk and striking out one. Mike Trout went 0-for-1 with a walk on the day while Albert Pujols went 1-for-2 with a single. Johnny Giavotella and Grant Green, who are both competing for the second-base job, went hitless at the plate.
Kyle Kendrick, who started for the Rockies, Christian Bergman and David Hale all pitched two frames each and gave up an earned run. Wilin Rosario, who did not start, entered the game as a catcher and went 0-for-1 on the day.
San Francisco (12) vs. Texas (3)
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Yusmeiro Petit started for the Giants and tossed two perfect innings with one strikeout. Top-pitching prospect Kyle Crick pitched 2.2 innings giving up one hit, two walks and striking out one. The 22-year-old Crick is player to keep your eye on. If he can cut down on his walks he could find himself in the Giants rotation at some point this season. Gregor Blanco, the likely replacement for the injured Hunter Pence, went 1-for-3 with a single at the plate. Travis Ishikawa went 3-for-4 with a single, triple and three RBI on the day.
The Rangers’ bats were stagnant, totaling just three hits this afternoon. Jake Smolinski was the lone bright spot, going 1-for-1 at the plate with a home run. Nick Tepesch, who started for the Rangers, lasted just 1.1 innings, giving up seven runs on seven hits and walking one.
We’ll be posting Cactus League updates and Grapefruit League updates throughout Spring Training, so check back often!
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