The Dodgers now have a Spring record of 1-1-1 after both the Dodgers and A’s had a score of three apiece yesterday afternoon at Phoenix Municipal Stadium.
Dodgers 3 4 0
Athletics 3 8 1
Aaron Harang was roughed up in his first live-action start, and he served up a couple of doubles and singles allowing two runs to score in the first inning with two outs. Along with Ted Lilly‘s outing Tuesday, I’m beginning to get more and more worried about the Dodgers’ rotation after Kershaw and Bills. Harang said that his recent foot issues did not affect his pitching today.
Don Mattingly doesn’t seem too worried about veterans like Lilly or Harang so far this Spring.
“To me, veteran guys are going to get hit a bit in Spring Training. As camp goes on, they get stronger. Older guys early [in camp], I don’t worry about. He knows what he has to do and I don’t worry too much about the results, as long as he’s feeling good. He was throwing strikes, and I trust he knows what he’s doing.”
We have yet to see the fifth man in the rotation Chris Capuano pitch, but he is scheduled to take the mound tomorrow.
Oakland’s starter, Tyson Ross, pitched three scoreless innings and only allowed one hit.
Kenley Jansen, Javy Guerra, and Scott Elbert all took the mound for their first live action of Spring Training. All three pitched scoreless innings. Scott Elbert pitched the sixth inning and allowed a walk and a single, but he got out of the jam by striking out Cedric Hunter. Guerra, in the seventh, walked two batters. A double play ended the inning when he struck out Josh Reddick at the plate, and Eric Sogard was caught stealing third.
Chris Withrow, the first- round draft pick, was wild in his debut outing as a member of the Dodgers’ 40-man roster. He allowed one run on one hit, walked two batters, hit a batter, and threw a wild pitch. A.J. Ellis had to visit the mound to talk to him, and his pep talk worked. Withrow got the next three batters to ground out.
Castillo and Savage also pitched scoreless innings.
Cory Sullivan, in left field, had three hits and went 3-4 in his first Cactus League start. His double in the seventh inning tied the game at three. The rest of the Dodgers went 1-25. De Jesus had the other lone hit as the DH.
The Dodgers didn’t have the chance to see their old friend Manny Ramirez after he was taken out of the lineup due to back stiffness, and he will not be playing at Camelback Ranch today either.