Spring Training Recap: Joc Pederson, Will Ferrell Shine In Dodgers Win
One day after Zack Greinke made his 2015 debut, Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jun Ryu made his Thursday night as the club took on the San Diego Padres. Also appearing on the mound for the Dodgers was Will Ferrell, who concluded his five-game journey of playing all nine positions by pitching in relief.
The Padres began the game with James Shields on the mound. The Dodgers were retired in order with Jimmy Rollins and Carl Crawford hitting groundballs while Yasiel Puig struck out looking on the fourth pitch of his at-bat.
Ryu also kept the Padres off the bases in his first inning of work as the game entered the second in a scoreless tie. The second inning also didn’t see any baserunners get aboard. Shields struck out Howie Kendrick and Andre Ethier to close out the top half while Ryu matched him by getting two strikeouts of his own in the home half of the inning.
While Shields pitched into the third and continued to breeze his way through the Dodgers’ lineup, Ryu’s night ended as Sergio Santos took over in the bottom of the third inning. A pitching change didn’t translate to more offensive activity as Santos kept the game a hitless one.
Matt Wisler came in to replace Shields and gave up a hit to Crawford. Unfortunately, Puig followed by hitting into an inning-ending double play on the first pitch he saw. Mike Bolsinger took over for the Dodgers in bottom of the fourth and he retired the Padres in order.
The Padres stuck with Wisler during the fifth and he induced three groundouts from Adrian Gonzalez, Kendrick, and Ethier. The Dodgers’ collective no-hitter came to an end in the bottom of the fifth as Justin Upton doubled to left field off Bolsinger.
However, there wasn’t additional damage as Bolsinger retired the next three Padres he faced including a strikeout of Will Middlebrooks. The sixth inning saw Kevin Quackenbush replace Wisler.
Juan Uribe began the inning with a strikeout and the Dodgers got their second baserunner of the night on an A.J. Ellis walk. They failed to capitalize on the opportunity as Joc Pederson struck out looking and Rollins popped up.
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