The Los Angeles Dodgers were back in action at Camelback Ranch Friday night against the Cincinnati Reds. Brandon Mccarthy started his second game with the Boys in Blue as he looked to continue getting sharp for the regular season.
McCarthy got off to a quick start as he needed just one pitch to get former Dodger Skip Schumaker to line out. McCarthy finished out the inning by striking out Kristopher Negron with a sinker and getting Todd Frazier to ground.
Kiké Hernandez was the Dodgers’ leadoff hitter and his struggles at the plate continued as he grounded out to third for the first out. Jason Marquis then got Justin Turner to also ground out to third and Adrian Gonzalez hit into a shift for the final out a scoreless first inning.
McCarthy began the second inning with two quick groundouts before walking Kyle Waldrop on a full count to give the Reds their first baserunner of the game. Waldrop promptly stole second base and scored on Chris Dominguez’s RBI double.
The Dodgers were again quieted by Marquis in the bottom of the second as none of Grandal, Andre Ethier, and Scott Van Slyke were able to reach base. In the third inning, McCarthy got Tucker Barnhart to ground out and then found himself in a jam.
Schumaker singled to center and Negron reached on an infield single despite a valiant effort from Turner. Then on what should’ve been a double play, Darwin Barney dropped the ball as he tried to turn two and everyone was safe.
McCarthy faced a bases-loaded jam with one out, but managed to escape without allowing any damage as Brennan Boesch grounded to Barney, who this time turned an inning-ending double play. McCarthy finished the night having thrown 41 pitches in three innings with one run allowed on three hits.
Joc Pederson tapped back to the mound with one out and was safe as Marquis’ throw hit him in the back. However, the Dodgers wouldn’t make anything of it as Barney hit into a double play and the Dodgers trailed, 1-0, headed to the fourth inning.
Joel Peralta made his Spring Training debut and gave up a one-out triple to Waldrop. After Peralta struck out Dominguez swinging, Donald Lutz beat Barney’s throw to first base and the Reds’ second run of the game scored. After Marquis got Hernandez swinging for the first out in the bottom of the fourth, Turner lined a double down the left field line.
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