The Los Angeles Dodgers took on the Milwaukee Brewers at Maryvale Baseball Park. Brewers’ starter Kyle Lohse retired the side in order in the top of the first. For the Dodgers, Dan Haren was on the mound making his Dodgers’ debut. He retired the first two hitters before issuing a walk and allowing two hits to give the Brewers a 1-0 lead. Chone Figgins made a nice play to end the inning.
Lohse once again retired the Dodgers in order in the top of the second. Haren had a much better inning in the second, allowing just a single to former Dodger Elian Herrera. The Dodgers were able to put some runs on the board in the third without recording a single hit. Mike Baxter walked and stole second then Dee Gordon hit a fly ball to left field that was misplayed for an error. Gordon stole second and Carl Crawford walked to load the bases. Chone Figgins also drew a walk to bring in a run and Yasiel Puig hit a sac fly to deep center field to give the Dodgers a 2-1 lead without a hit.
Jose Dominguez came on to throw the third and had a scoreless inning to send the game into the fourth. A.J. Ellis drew a walk in the inning, but was left on the base. Paco Rodriguez took the mound for the bottom of the fourth and struggled a bit. He loaded the bases with two outs, but got a groundout to end the inning and the threat. Gordon bunted his way on for the Dodgers’ first hit of the day and stole second base in the top of the fifth, but Puig was robbed of an RBI single by Herrera and the score remained 2-1.
In the bottom of the inning, Javy Guerra was called upon to pitch for the Dodgers. The Brewers put runners on first and third before Guerra got out of the inning with a pop up to the shortstop Brendan Harris. Consecutive hits by Clint Robinson and Juan Uribe gave the Dodgers some life in the sixth, but Tim Federowicz hit into a double play and Miguel Rojas grounded out to end the inning. Left-hander Chris Reed took the mound for the Dodgers in the bottom of the inning. Reed didn’t have an inning to remember, allowing four runs on five hits and giving the Brewers a 5-2 advantage.
The Dodgers were retired in order in the seventh, before Reed came out for another inning and also retired the side in order to send the game to the eighth. Nick Buss walked, Robinson singled and Darnell Sweeney doubled to bring in a run. Rojas added an infield single to drive in another run and cut the deficit to 5-4. Henry Sosa took the mound for the Dodgers in the bottom of the eighth. One run scored against Sosa when Federowicz dropped the ball on a play at the plate to put the Brewers back ahead by two.
In the top of the ninth, Justin Turner led off with a double followed by a single by Alex Guerrero; however, Guerrero was picked off at first. Joc Pederson drove in Turner with an RBI single up the middle to cut the deficit to a run.
After a threat in the ninth inning, the Dodgers fell a run short, losing 6-5 to the Brewers and seeing their spring record fall to 2-2.
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