Well today’s game was quick. It seemed like it was over in a few minutes. No, not because it was canceled because of rain, more because of the hilariously awful forfeit lineup the Dodgers fielded today. Although to be fair, it is spring training, and the game was expected to be rained out. However we did get almost a full six innings of work in. The game ended in a 1-1 tie in the middle of the 6th inning. I can’t remember a spring where there was more ties than this year.
So if you were to tell me that a starting lineup with Matt Angle, Trent Oeltjen, and Adam Kennedy would only get two hits, I wouldn’t be all that surprised. Shocking I know! Anyways, here is how the game went.
Both starting pitchers were very sharp. Dan Haren pitched 5 innings, allowing only 1 run on two hits, ad whiffing 5 batters. He retired the first 12 batters he faced until Adam Kennedy doubled to lead off the bottom of the 5th. His opposing pitcher Chris Capuano fared just as well. Going 4 innings on 1 run off three hits and whiffing three Angel hitters. The Angels scored first in the top of the first inning. Kole Calhoun singled, and moves to third on an Albert Pujols single. Pujols took second on the throw. Calhoun scores on Mark Trumbo’s sacrifice fly. 1-0 Halos. Capuano whiffs Conger to end the frame.
Most of the rest of the game was just out after out. It was a bit frustrating. However in the 5th inning the Dodgers would finally break through. Adam Kennedy doubles to lead off, and Juan Uribe’s line drive single to center plates Kennedy. The score is tied at 1-1. However Uribe is slow as molasses in January, so he is cut down trying to get back to first base. Haren whiffs Trent Oeltjen, and A.J. Ellis to end the inning.
After John Grabow had struck out three batters in the top of the 5th inning, Dougie was called in to pitch the top of the 6th. Dougie was able to retire the side in order to end the top of the 6th inning. Then the rain came. The umpires called the game right away. Another tie for the Dodgers improves their Cactus League record to 8-4-4.
Tomorrow the Dodgers will play the Indians on the road. Clayton Kershaw will take the mound for the Dodgers, and he will counter Indians youngster Jeanmar Gomez at 1:05 PM. The game will not be televised on Prime Ticket, but it will be televised on MLB Network.
We also learned before the game that several Dodger players were cut. First Alberto Castillo was given his outright release. The rest of the players that were cut were sent back to minor league camp. The Dodger kids that were sent back to camp were: Will Savage, Ryan Tucker, Matt Chico, Lance Zawadzki, Jeff Baisley, Matt Wallach, and Griff Erickson. There are now 45 players left in Dodger’s camp.
Well that is about it Dodger fans. Check in with us tomorrow for more of everything Dodger Blue. Enjoy your Sunday. Relax, kick your feet up. And if your feeling frisky, maybe rock out with your bad self. Good day all. Go Blue!