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Dodgers – White Sox ST Game 3 Recap: Pederson Homers, Pitchers Shine

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Left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu took the mound for the Los Angeles Dodgers at Camelback Ranch against the Chicago White Sox. In the first, Ryu worked around a lead-off single by Adam Eaton and retired the next three batters in order. Facing White Sox left-hander Chris Sale, the Dodger offense went three up and three down.

Ryu allowed another hit in the top of the second, but didn’t allow any further damage and finished another scoreless inning. Adrian Gonzalez led off the bottom of the inning with an opposite-field double; however, he was left stranded after Scott Van Slyke, A.J. Ellis and Justin Turner failed to get a hit. Brian Wilson came on to throw the third for the Dodgers and quickly put two runners on, but they were eliminated by a double play started by Turner at third. Wilson struck out the last batter of the inning to escape without allowing any runs.

The Dodgers failed to get anything off Chris Sale before he was pulled with two outs in the bottom of the third. Chone Figgins earned a two-out walk off reliever Parker Frazier before Andre Ethier flied out. Closer Kenley Jansen came on to throw the fourth. He allowed a single and nothing else in another scoreless inning for Dodger pitchers. In the bottom of the fourth, Hanley Ramirez, Gonzalez and Van Slyke were retired in order to send the game scoreless into the fifth.

Chris Perez made his Dodger debut in the fifth and had a perfect inning to maintain the 0-0 score. Drew Butera doubled with two outs in the bottom of the inning. He was left stranded and sent the game into the sixth inning, where J.P. Howell took the mound for the team. He got two quick outs before issuing a walk, but got out of the inning with a groundout to shortstop Brendan Harris. Once again, the Dodger offense failed to score in the bottom of the inning and the scoreless tie headed into the seventh.

Jamey Wright made his spring debut and had a perfect inning to keep the White Sox off the board. Runs finally came across the board after Joc Pederson hit a two-run opposite-field home run following a Clint Robinson single to give the Dodgers a 2-0 lead going into the eighth. To throw the eighth inning, right-hander Matt Magill was brought out to preserve the lead. He worked out of a jam and threw another scoreless inning.

In the bottom of the eighth, Dee Gordon led off with a walk and stole second base. Mike Baxter promptly brought him in with a single to left field to give the team a 3-0 lead. Harris drove in another run with a sacrifice fly to center field and pushed the lead to four. Robinson then came to the plate and drove the ball over the right-field fence for his second hit and first home run of the spring.

With a five-run lead, Magill was sent out for another inning of work. He retired the side in order as the Dodgers won their second consecutive game, 5-0.


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Vincent Samperio

Vince is currently the Associate Editor and Social Media Manager for Dodgers Nation. Hailing from San Pedro, CA and a student at Cal State Long Beach, Vince has previously written for the Daily 49er and LASF Magazine.

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