Zack Greinke took the mound for the Los Angeles Dodgers, 13 days after his first start of the spring was cut short with a right calf strain. He allowed two singles to open the game before getting a strikeout to settle down. Greinke retired the next two Arizona Diamondbacks to give him a scoreless first. With two outs in the bottom half, the Dodgers put two runs on the board with a Hanley Ramirez single, Adrian Gonzalez walk and a two-run double by Andre Ethier.

Greinke was hit hard in the second, allowing four hits and three runs, to put the DBacks ahead 3-2. That would be all for Greinke, who was set to throw just two innings on the day.The Dodgers went down in order in the second. Zach Lee took the mound in the top of the third and  got a pair of line-outs and a strikeout to keep the DBacks off the scoreboard. A Carl Crawford single was the only form of Dodger offense in the bottom half of the inning.

Lee came out and threw another perfect inning with a strikeout to continue his strong spring. Ethier singled and Chone Figgins walked to give the Dodgers a threat in the fourth, but A.J. Ells grounded into a double play and Dee Gordon grounded out to end the inning. Lee came out for a third inning on the mound and ran into some trouble when he gave up a double, a single and an intentional walk to load the bases with one out. After another walk and a single, the DBacks now led 7-2 going into the bottom of the fifth.

A Yasiel Puig single was the only offense in the bottom of the inning to keep the Dodgers scoreless yet again. Chris Perez came in to throw the sixth and struggled. He gave up a walk and a triple to put the deficit at 8-2 and then he was lifted for left-hander J.P. Howell. He allowed a single up the middle to drive in another to make it 9-2 and struck out Mike Jacobs to end the inning. Gonzalez led off the bottom of the inning with a double. He was stranded when the next three Dodger hitters were retired in order.

Chris Withrow replaced Howell in the seventh and threw a perfect inning with three straight groundouts. Offensively, the Dodgers went down in order to send the game into the eighth at 9-2. Closer Kenley Jansen took the mound for the eighth and continued his dominant spring by striking out the side.

That was it for the Dodgers, who inched one step closer to the start of the regular season as they fell 9-2.

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Vince is currently the Associate Editor and Social Media Manager for Dodgers Nation. Hailing from San Pedro, CA and a student at Cal State Long Beach, Vince has previously written for the Daily 49er and LASF Magazine.

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