The Los Angeles Dodgers continue their spring training schedule with a game against the Seattle Mariners this afternoon. Counting today, there are 13 spring training games left, so we’re slowly closing in on the end of this mundane cycle. The real fun is about to begin shortly, so get ready!
Anyways, today the Dodgers lineup looks as follows:
Today's Dodger lineup:
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That means that we’re going to see Kenta Maeda on the mound today and Justin Turner out there for at-bats as a designated hitter. All of this looks promising, minus Andre Ethier still missing time and being on crutches because of the foul ball off of his shin, so perk up! It’s a good day.
Also pitching today will be Luis Avilan, Chris Hatcher, Kenley Jansen, Yimi Garcia, and J.P. Howell.
Mariners get the scoring started with a double, single, and then a two-run single off the bat of Robinson Cano.
For the Dodgers, they answered back with a run of their own on a solo home run from Justin Turner!
Second Inning: Dodgers Trail 2-1
Maeda recovers from the tough first inning by only giving up a two-out single before getting a bouncer back to the mound for the final out.
Nothing doing for the Dodgers in the second after Joc Pederson’s one-out infield single is erased on a double play.
Third Inning: Dodgers Trail 2-1
Maeda then retires the side in order in the third, including an inning-ending strikeout of Robinson Cano.
A two-out single by Yasiel Puig is followed up by him stealing second. And then Justin Turner doubles into the left-center gap to drive him in and tie the game! Turner is swinging a hot bat. Adrian Gonzalez then grounded out to end the inning, but we’re tied now.
Fourth Inning: Tied at 2-2
Kenta Maeda, for the second straight inning, retires the side in order. He’s retired 12 of the last 13 batters he’s faced after giving up three straight hits to open up the game.
Outside of Joc Pederson’s two-out single to left field, beating the shift, and a walk right after, nothing doing for the Dodgers in the fourth.
Fifth Inning: Tied at 2-2
Guess what happened? Another 1-2-3 inning for Maeda!
After Rico Noel reaches second base with one-out, Justin Turner doubles him in! 3-2 Dodgers, and three runs batted in for Turner today alone! It was followed by an Adrian Gonzalez walk. Nothing doing after that, though, but Los Angeles takes their first lead of the day!
Sixth Inning: Dodgers Lead 3-2
Luis Avilan on to pitch for the Dodgers after five quality innings from Kenta Maeda. It does not go well for Avilan, as Nelson Cruz hit a 3-run home run to put the Mariners back in front, 5-3. And then Adam Lind hits a home run to make it 6-3. After the back-to-back home runs, Avilan is lifted for Chris Hatcher, and Hatcher gets the final two outs of the inning. Lead is gone, though.
The Dodgers had no answer, going down in order in the bottom half.
Seventh Inning: Dodgers Trail 6-3
It was a 1-2-3 top of the seventh for Kenley Jansen. TIME TO STRETCH!
Nothing going on for the good guys in the bottom half. To the eighth we go.
Eighth Inning: Dodgers Trail 6-3
Side goes down in order in the top of the inning, and Los Angeles needs to start scoring some runs as we go to the bottom half.
Big goose egg in the bottom of the inning, and now we head to the final frame.
Ninth Inning: Dodgers Trail 6-3
1-2-3 top of the inning, and Los Angeles is coming up!
The good guys go down with a whimper in the ninth, only getting a two-out single. Onto the next game, boys!
FINAL SCORE: MARINERS 6, DODGERS 3