The Future D-Smooth

Dodger drop both Cactus League openers


Probably not the start Donnie Baseball had hoped for in his debut as Dodger manager, as the team lost both of their spring openers 8-3 to the team from up North, and 4-1 to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim California by way of Orange County. Am I the only one who still finds it odd that the Angels pay no L.A. City our County taxes yet are afforded the right to use the Los Angeles name as if it were their own? California, Anaheim, L.A., just make up your mind already Angels. My thoughts wander, on to today’s action.

Several recaps of today’s action can be found on our partner sites, such as True Blue LA, a great Dodger blog. Highlights were few and far between for both Dodger squads. Hiroki Kuroda was sharp in his 2 innings of work allowing only 1 hit while striking out 1. Lasorda’s Lair favorite Rubby De La Rosa had an auspicious beginning to his 1st big league camp, he needed only 9 pitches to record 6 outs, however his other 3 pitches were a ball, a single and a 2 run HR by Angels 1B prospect Mark Trumbo. Obviously scouts had told Angels hitters to swing early in the count against the fireballing Rubby. Still an odd outing numbers wise for Rubby. About the only highlight offensively was Matt Kemp’s single, SB and run scored in his 1st at bat. Good to see the work with Davey Lopes paying off for Kemp on the basepaths. The Dodgers were held to 3 hits total by 6 Angels pitchers and the official Boxscore can be found here.

The Dodgers other split squad was in Scottsdale facing their NL West Division rivals who reside to the North. Lasorda’s Lair Twitter favorite Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times provides a brief recap. The Dodgers actually led 1-0 after a Gabe Kapler single scored Marcus Thames, but the lead was short lived as Carlos Monasterios and Oscar Villarreal combined to give up 8 runs over the next 2 frames. The highlight of the day for Dodger fans was provided by rookie prospect Dee Gordon. Who not only singled in his first at-bat, but turned a sick double play later in the game, on a ball up the middle that Gordon ranged far to his left to grab, only to see it take a bad hop. No worries as Gordon bare-handed the ball stepped on 2nd and threw to 1st to complete the defensive gem. And who said the kid’s biggest liability was his defense? The official Boxscore can be found here

The Dodgers face off tomorrow at Camelback Ranch against the Orange County California Angels who reside in Anaheim but claim to be from Los Angeles.  The game can be found on Fox Sports Prime Ticket channel 694 for those of you with Directv. Oh how I long to hear Vin Scully utter for the first time “It’s time for Dodger Baseball” actually I have no idea if Vin will even be calling the game more likely it will be Charley Steiner.

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Tags: Carlos Moasterios Davey Lopes Dee Gordon Gabe Kapler Hiroki Kuroda Marcus Thames Mark Trumbo Matt Kemp Rubby De La Rosa Vin Scully

  • Chris Peery

    That’s a great shot of Dee Gordon turning the double play, wish the game was televised so I could have seen that one.

    • Kenny Shulsen

      I was listening to the radio play by play when he made the barehanded grab i’m surprised it didn’t make top plays on sportscenter the announcers said it was as good of a play as they’ve seen in a long time.

  • KR

    I think we’ll see Dee in Chavez Ravine this year. Hopefully it’s in September as a call-up because otherwise it means Rafy got hurt. It’s obvious that the athletic tools are there and I think him getting invited with the big club now will help his game. People mention his errors but it could be that he hasn’t grown up yet and his focus isn’t where it should be. And being on the “big stage” gives some perspective. Maybe that’s what he needs at 22 years old. Wasn’t it Jeter that had a ton of errors in the Minors too?

  • Kenny Shulsen

    Part of the reason for the high number of errors is Dee is so quick and athletic he gets to balls most shortstpos can’t and still tries to get the out. The other as I’m sure you know he’s been playying baseball since he was a Sr. in HS. His upside is significant in that he’s still just learning the game and he handled skipping High A ball and going to AA very well. Neat article on him at Minor Leage Baseball .com

  • KR

    Thanks for the link. I didn’t know he only started playing as a HS senior so the errors make even more sense to me. He’s still just learning the game and probably more importantly, his game. How he handles the bat here in the spring will be big for him. In my opinion, .260 is a good number for him with some walks. Eventually he’s going to get pitched to because teams don’t want his speed on 1st for free. I’m more excited about DSmooth even more now. It might not be this year but his time is coming.

  • Dee Gordon

    The more I see of him the more impressed I am. He made a tough play in today’s game look very routine. He definitely needs to walk more, that’s been one of his biggest concerns is his low OBP and hi KO rate. However as a kid who started playing so late and how he handled a big jump to AA very well last year I think he’s just beginning to scratch the surface of what is to come. Being in big league camp with Furcal, Lopes, Maury Wills otta do wonders for him. The Dodgers should mandate he spend an hour a day with Wills practicing nothing but bunting.

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