Spring Training Recap: Darnell Sweeney Grand Slam Lifts Dodgers To Win
The Los Angeles Dodgers faced the Oakland Athletics on Monday afternoon at Camelback Ranch. Starting for the Dodgers was Zack Greinke, who was looking to improve from an uncharacteristic outing in his first start.
Greinke started the game by walking the A’s leadoff hitter on four-straight pitches. He then threw three-straight balls to the next batter, but was able to get out of the inning without allowing a run. The Dodgers threatened in the bottom of the first behind a Darwin Barney single and Adrian Gonzalez hit-by-pitch to put two runners on with one out.
However, Juan Uribe hit into a double play and the game remained scoreless after one inning. In the second, Stephen Vogt gave the ball a ride to deep center field but Joc Pederson tracked it down on the warning track. Greinke locked in and quickly got the next two outs; needing just nine pitches to retire the side.
Josh Phegley broke the scoreless tie in the third with a solo home run that gave the A’s a 1-0 lead. A.J. Ellis flied out to the warning track in right field, but the Dodgers were otherwise quieted by Kendall Graveman in the third.
Chris Hatcher was the on the mound in the fourth and looking to continue his solid spring. However, he got into trouble early after grounder got past a diving Juan Uribe and Darwin Barney couldn’t make the play.
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