The Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday at Dodger Stadium in the Civil Rights Game on Jackie Robinson Day.
Left-hander Brett Anderson made his second start in a Dodger uniform, and pitched 5+ innings, while giving up six hits and one earned run, which was good enough to earn him his first victory of the season.
According to ESPN.com via the Associated Press, Anderson reflected on his start after the game, which included giving up a home run to Nelson Cruz (his sixth in the last five games) and pitching for the Dodgers on Jackie Robinson Day:
I don’t think any park is pitcher-friendly to Nelson Cruz at this point,” Anderson said. “But I was able to keep the ball on the ground better and get some groundballs and some soft line drives. I’ve given the team a chance to win two times in a row, so I’ll take that at this point. It was a pretty special day to be a part of.”
Anderson was pulled from the game in the top of the sixth inning, when he loaded the bases with no outs on a walk, single and an error. He threw just 73 pitches on the night. He struck out three, walked one and got six ground ball outs.
Cruz’s fourth inning homer was the only earned run Anderson gave up on the night. Despite the Dodgers’ sweep of the Mariners, Cruz shined in the series, going 5-for-10 with three walks and four homers in the three game series.
Up until the sixth inning, the 27-year-old Anderson, who the Dodgers signed to a one-year, $10 million deal, cruised through the Mariners lineup. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly will look for more of that out of his fifth starter this season.
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