Joc Pederson and Chase Utley homered during Monday’s game against the Indians at Goodyear Ballpark. The Dodgers, however, did not come out victorious. The Indians’ Michael Brantley went 2-3 with two singles and an RBI in his Cactus League Debut.
Dodgers’ starter Brandon McCarthy was making his fourth start of the spring. The right-hander allowed four runs in 4 1/3 innings, but due to a pair of errors by first baseman Ike Davis, only two were earned. Davis was starting in place of Adrian Gonzalez, who was scratched from the game with a flare-up of elbow tendinitis.
Trevor Bauer pitched just over five innings and allowed three earned runs. These runs came by way of solo homers by Pederson and Utley, as well as an RBI single for Justin Turner. Utley finished the game a triple shy of hitting for the cycle.
Yandy Diaz and Abraham Almonte played a large role in the Tribe’s offense on Monday afternoon. Each of them hit a three-run homer and combined for seven RBI’s. Diaz’s homer came off of Dodgers’ reliever Adam Liberatore, the first runs that he allowed this spring. Almonte’s home run came courtesy of Yaisel Sierra.
For some good news, The Kingdom of the Netherlands and Puerto Rico faced off in the semi-finals of the World Baseball Classic. Kenley Jansen pitched a perfect inning of relief for the Netherlands, striking out all three batters he faced. Enrique Hernandez is playing for Puerto Rico, even though he risks not making the Dodgers’ opening-day roster. Puerto Rico won with a walk-off sacrifice fly in the eleventh inning. This means that the Dodgers will get Jansen back, and Hernadez and Puerto Rico will head the final round.
Hyun-Jin Ryu will get the start against the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday at Camelback Ranch. The game starts at 1:05 pm PT. Ryu appears to be healthy, but it does not appear that he has secured a spot in the starting rotation. He is entering the game with an 0-1 record and a 1.80 ERA.