In the first night game of the spring, the Los Angeles Dodgers went to Goodyear Ballpark to take on the Cincinnati Reds. The Dodger offense went down in order in the first inning against Reds’ pitcher Homer Bailey. Hyun-Jin Ryu got the start for the team and ran into some trouble giving up a bunt single to Billy Hamilton and a single to Brandon Phillips. He got Joey Votto to ground into a potential double play but Miguel Rojas threw the ball away and Hamilton scored. Ryu got the next two outs to leave the inning down 1-0.
Adrian Gonzalez, Juan Uribe and Joc Pederson went down in order again in the second. Ryu came out for another inning of work. He struggled a bit again, giving up a single and a walk before Hamilton drove in a run with a flare single. Heading into the third, the Reds led 2-0. Alex Guerrero worked a walk, but was quickly erased on a double play ball by Tim Federowicz. Rojas would end the inning on a line drive at Hamilton. Ryu struck out the side in the bottom of the inning to keep the Reds at two.
The Reds put Jeff Francis on the mound in the fourth and he retired the Dodgers in order to keep them hitless on the night. A walk, a double play and a ground out gave Ryu another scoreless inning and ended his night on the mound. In the top of the fifth, the Dodgers began the inning with consecutive singles by Gonzalez and Uribe. Pederson then walked to bring up Alex Guerrero. On a 1-1 pitch, Guerrero crushed a ball over the left field wall for a grand slam to put the Dodgers up 4-2. Outfielder Yasiel Puig came out with soreness in his shoulder area after the top of the fifth and Jose Dominguez took the mound for the Dodgers. He threw a perfect inning to keep the score at 4-2.
More offense came in the sixth for the Dodgers, as they scored four more runs. Gonzalez hit a deep shot for a solo home run. Uribe and Pederson got base hits and Federowicz hit a deep fly ball that fell in when former Dodger Skip Schumaker misplayed it to put the lead at 7-2. A Rojas RBI single made it 8-2 in the sixth. Left-hander Paco Rodriguez took the mound for the bottom half. He worked around a single and a walk to put another zero on the board and send the game into the seventh.
Carl Crawford led off the inning with a bunt and reached on an error by the pitcher, Manny Parra. Mike Baxter added a single and minor leaguer Aaron Bates hit an RBI single in his first at-bat of the spring. Uribe then hit a sac fly to put the team into double digits, 10-2. Matt Magill came on to throw the seventh and had a perfect inning for the Dodgers. Offensively, the team went down silently in order in the eighth.
Magill gave up a home run in his second inning on the mound to cut the lead to 10-3. Two more runners reached base, but the right-hander got a ground ball to end the inning. Baxter singled in the ninth and the rest of the Dodgers struck out in their last at-bat of the day. In the final frame, Magill came out to close it out.
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