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Uribe Homers, Greinke Out Quick


LAD 4 11 0

ARI 3 6 1

WP- Baez 1-0

LP-  Mateo 0-1

SV- Frias 1

HR- Uribe 1

Well that was as depressing a Spring Training win as there’ll ever be. The Dodgers beat the Diamondbacks, exacting some meaningless revenge versus their NL West rival. None of this matters too much because Zack Greinke was hurt 4 pitches into the 1st inning, which is just horrible. You have to wonder about his readiness for the game in Australia now, because the Spring is so short and you don’t want to rush Greinke, what do you do? Rest him and have Hyun-Jin Ryu fill in while Greinke rests and is ready to pitch in San Diego? Whatever happens I hope the injury isn’t too bad.

Chris Withrow filled in for Greinke, and couldn’t have done many favors for himself in the battle for a bullpen spot, getting knocked around a little bit. He started off well finishing off the 1st inning for Greinke albeit giving up a walk to Chris Owings, but struggled in the 2nd inning giving up a leadoff walk to Matt Tuiasosopo and a RBI double to Shelly Duncan. Later in the inning Tony Campana would ground out but score Jake Lamb and the Dodgers were in a 2-0 deficit.

Luckily in the bottom of the 2nd, Adrian Gonzalez hit a ground rule double to get the Dodgers offense going, Mr. “Empanadas” himself, Juan Uribe

would single him in (more on him later). Yes, AGon did score from 3rd as there’s no possible way, ever he’d score on a single from 2nd base.Red Patterson had himself a nice game going 2.1 innings, striking out 2 and not allowing a walk or hit, look for him to potentially be on the 40 man roster come September as a possible swingman.

 

Then came the blast. Juan Uribe in the bottom of the 4th inning hit a monster home run to left field. I definitely wouldn’t mind seeing 15-20 of those from Uribe this year.

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In the top of the 5th inning, someone named Sam Demel got an inning of work in, he’s an NRI fighting for a non existent spot on the Dodgers bullpen. And of course i’m not going to not say Daniel Moskos‘s name on here, Daniel Moskos struck out the side in the 6th inning. Moskos, he of the 4th overall pick by the Pirates in 2007, trying to remake himself likely in Albuquerque, is an interesting name to keep an eye on.

Bottom of the 7th came and went including a Brendan Harris single to the right fielder of the Diamondbacks, Socrates (!) Brito scoring Miguel Rojas.

Feb 20, 2014; Glendale, AZ, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Brendan Harris poses for a portrait during photo day at Camelback Ranch. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

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Oh my, that was an interesting sentence to say the least.

Then in the bottom of the 8th, Alex Guerrero collected his first Spring training RBI, singling home Justin Turner, making everyone happy, he’d be a great addition at 2b. If he’s an offensive threat whatsoever the lineup goes from “great”, to “incredible”.

The bottom of the 9th was a bit shaky with Carlos Frias giving up 2 hits, surrendering an RBI double to Danny Dorn, but Scott Van Slyke saved him with an incredible grab in right field to end the game.

Dodgers win! And it’s been forever since i’ve said that. I hope I say that many more times during the course of the season. Tomorrow we’re in for a treat, with Hyun-Jin Ryu going up against probably the most underrated pitcher in baseball in the White Sox’s Chris Sale in a 3:05 start time.

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