Justin Turner and Trayce Thompson hit their first homers of the spring against the Mariners on Wednesday. They each drove in a pair of runs helping the Dodgers to beat the Mariners by a final score of 12-7.
Turner started the game with a solo home run in the first inning, then Ben Gamel countered it in the bottom of the inning with a two-run shot of his own. Turner continued driving in runs with an RBI groundout in the third inning scoring Andrew Toles.
Thompson played very well on his birthday. He hit a solo home run in the third inning, then in the fifth inning, hit an RBI single and was caught trying to advance to second. With the way he has been playing, it seems like his back must be better now.
Turner has been having a hot spring and does not show any signs of cooling off. In addition to his solo home run, he also hit an RBI single. He went 2-3 with 2 RBIs, 2 runs scored, and a solo home run. He brought his batting average to .429.
Brandon McCarthy pitched 3.2 innings and allowed 3 runs on five hits. It was his longest start of the spring, but McCarthy would have liked to have better results. “The four-inning outing is really the first real hump,” said McCarthy. “I thought overall was good. The fourth inning, didn’t really feel fatigue, but the pitches weren’t as crisp. Progress-wise it was good, results were OK.”
Hyun-Jin Ryu will be getting another shot at making the starting rotation on Thursday. He will be facing the defending World Series Champions, the Chicago Cubs, at Camelback Ranch. The game will start at 1:05 pm PT. It will be televised on SportsNet LA, and broadcasted over the radio on AM 570 LA Sports.