Spring Training Recap: Offense Outshines Pitching, Defense In Tie

Vincent Samperio, Dodgers Nation
Vincent Samperio, Dodgers Nation

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The Dodgers hot bats continued in the top of the sixth with back-to-back singles by Chris Heisey and Buck Britton to begin the inning. A one-out sac fly by Darwin Barney scored Heisey tacking onto the Dodgers lead, 9-6. But once again the Rangers answered back, as Baez gave up a solo shot to Carlos Peguero to cut the lead to 9-7 after six.

Lefty Paco Rodriguez came in for the Dodgers in the bottom of the seventh. The only runner to reach base off Rodriguez was on a throwing error by third baseman Kike Hernandez. The offense went down in order in the eighth.

David Aardsma became the new pitcher for the Dodgers in the bottom half of the inning. A pair of hits, a balk, another hit and a groundout allowed two runs to score and tie things up at nine. Aardsma was able to finish the inning without giving up any more runs.

Barney led off the ninth with a walk and was moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Kiké Hernandez. Kyle Jensen then gave the Dodgers a 10-9 lead with a single to left field that scored Barney. A misplay in left field allowed Jansen to take second, and he would score on an RBI single by Corey Seager to make it 11-9.

Left-hander Daniel Coulombe came in to try and close things out in the ninth. He walked the leadoff hitter and a potential double play was ruined by an error by Barney. Coulombe ended up loading the bases and Ramon Troncoso took over with two outs. He allowed a two-run, game-tying single. The Dodgers would finish with their fifth tie of the spring.

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  1. Well not exactly a ringing endorsement for some of the BP folks. But my favorites for Dark Horse candidates did not pitch. I think Santos or Tsao could make it to start the Season especially with League possibly out on IR to start. Seager, Jansen continue to swing the bat well. Kendrick hit a blast. Does not mean anything but good to see they are getting their timing. Puig had a nice single with men on it was a very good at bat.

    1. Defense to not look too good there sparky! So I give the pitchers a little leeway. Howell looked down right lousy, but there was a blurb about too much warm up time, so maybe he left his stuff in the pen. Jensen is going to AAA no matter what he does with Ethier clogging the roster and nullifying any shot that guy has.

      1. Yep I agree Bear.They really need to make a trade or two. They talked about teams asking about Guererro as right handed power is hard to get out there. He would be perfect in the AL as he could DH and then play a little corner outfield and maybe 3rd. Have to get rid of Ethier and I would send Heisey down. He has not shown a good contact type swing and is not very fast. Do you thinks Santos or Tsao make it if League is on IR? And Nicasio has really not showed much at all. I would send him down contract or not.

        1. Here in lies the problem. Tsao and Santos are both non roster guys, which means for them to make the team someone needs to come off the 40 man. Now they can put League on the DL…which at this point looks likely because his shoulder is not responding so far. Peralta, Hatcher, and Howell are locks. Nicasio has looked like I expected, he has stunk. Had to throw a scoreless inning to get his ERA to 9. But he is still the front runner to be the long man. McGowan has a MLB contract, and I am pretty sure no options left. So you have the remaining roster guys, Coulumbe, Rodriguez, Baez, Liberatore, and the non roster guys Aardsma, Adams, Tsao, Santos, Gaudin and Huff vying for 2 spots. They could probably DL McGowan too since he is coming back from injuries last year. But all those guys fighting for 2 spots. You need 2 lefty’s so Paco, Huff or Liberattore should be one of those last 2. I am pretty sure they really would like Adams to be in the pen. But it is a nice problem to have. Heisey has 4 years MLB experience. He is a good fielder, which gives him a leg up on Jensen, but so so with the bat. Moving Ethier is a priority, but also a major problem with that contract and the fact that most teams think he is on his way down.

          1. Thanks for the explanation. As they probably will take a second Lefty there is one spot. I think League goes on DL. I still really like Tsao and Santos. And still do not care for Nicasio. We will see what they do. The good news is it looks like we have some good experienced live arms in the Pen. And we will have a second wave in AAA. Still not a Heisey fan good field average hit guys are not a rare commodity

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