Another day, another game for the Dodgers and all eyes remain on the mound. Kenta Maeda is making his second start of the spring after throwing two shutout innings his first time out.
Charlie Culberson is starting, too, which makes this Dodgers team basically unbeatable. Let’s get this thing going!
First two Dodgers batters go down with a whimper before Utley, Van Slyke, and Ethier all walk with two outs to load the bases. Ellis then rips a double that clears the bases. 3-0 Dodgers! Thompson then hits a 2-run home run to make it 5-0! All with two outs. What a start.
Maeda sets down the first two batters, one on a strikeout, before giving up a two-out walk. A grounder to short ends the inning.
Second Inning: Dodgers Lead 5-0
Noel leads off the top of the inning with a triple. Noel then scores on a sac fly to center off the bat of Crawford. Next two batters go down rather easily, but Los Angeles tacks another run on the board.
Maeda gets the first two batters in the inning to fly out and strikeout before a little pop-up falls down the line for a single. Maeda then K’s the final batter. He looks great this spring!
Third Inning: Dodgers Lead 6-0
Van Slyke leads off the inning like Noel did in the second, with a triple. Ethier drives him in with a sac fly to make it 7-0. Ellis then doubles for the second time today. Thompson then reached on an error before a fielder’s choice erased him at second. Noel grounded out to end the half-inning.
Maeda retires the first two batters, again, before a single and walk put Oakland in business. Maeda gets the third out, and he pitches three scoreless innings. Nice start by him. Quality stuff in his two outings thus far.
Fourth Inning: Dodgers Lead 7-0
The first two batters for Los Angeles are retired before Utley laces a two-out double. Van Slyke then walks. Ethier then grounds out to end the top half.
Yimi Garcia on to pitch for the Dodgers now. He gets the first out on a pop up. One-out single for Butler. Double play wipes it out and ends the frame.
Fifth Inning: Dodgers Lead 7-0
Los Angeles goes down in order in the top of the inning.
Adam Liberatore in to pitch. He strikes out the first batter before giving up a solo home run to Bruce Maxwell. Liberatore gets the next batter before giving up a two-out single. Liberatore then buckled Reddick for a strikeout. He fanned two, but did give up a run.
Sixth Inning: Dodgers Lead 7-1
Much like in the fifth, Los Angeles goes down in order in the top of the inning.
Jose De Leon now in to pitch for the Dodgers. Unfortunately, he’s greeted by giving up a solo home run to give the A’s their second run of the game. Then he gives up a double. Then gives up a single on a ball that deflects off of him. Yikes. A double play then scores a run but the two outs are huge. The final out is a grounder to third, but two runs come across.
Seventh Inning: Dodgers Lead 7-3
After two quick outs, Zarraga walked before Barnes popped up to end the inning. At least they didn’t go down in order this time! Time to stretch!
De Leon retires the first two batters on a strikeout and a groundout before giving up a double on a pop-up to the shortstop. Final out is recorded on a grounder to second. No runs given up!
Eighth Inning: Dodgers Lead 7-3
A leadoff single and a balk put a runner on second with no outs. Rob Segedin made a loud out, but the runner moved to third. A run then scored on a fielding error by the third baseman, but Herrera got thrown out trying to stretch it into a double. After a walk, the inning ended. LA now leads 8-3.
Chris Anderson came on to pitch and promptly walked the first two batters he faced. He then fanned the next batter for the first out. And then gets a force out at second for the second out. The inning comes to an end on a pop-up.
Ninth Inning: Dodgers Lead 8-3
First two batters go down on groundouts before an error puts a runner on. Barnes strikeouts out to end the top half. 3 outs to go!
Matt West on to pitch the ninth, and he retires the first batter on a groundout on the first pitch. After a line drive single, a double play ends the game! The Dodgers win!
FINAL SCORE: DODGERS 8, ATHLETICS 3