With the Los Angeles Dodgers broken into split-squads Saturday, Chad Gaudin got the start as the club matched up against the Colorado Rockies. Andre Ethier helped the Dodgers race out to an early lead, but the Dodgers’ bullpen ultimately stumbled in the 6-4 loss.
Before Gaudin threw his first pitch, the Dodgers already had two runs on the board thanks to one swing from Ethier. The 32-year-old outfielder entered Spring Training without a clear role on the team, wanting to be an every day starter and playing in recent games.
The Dodgers have yet to decide on a center field starter, though manager Don Mattingly recently praised Joc Pederson for his play. Getting time throughout the Dodgers outfield, Ethier had played in 12 games heading into Saturday and was batting .290/.333/.355 with zero home runs.
After Jimmy Rollins and Carl Crawford registered the first two outs of the game, Howie Kendrick singled to right. As the Dodgers’ cleanup hitter, Ethier dug in against Jhoulys Chacin but didn’t spend much time in the batter’s box as he swung at the first pitch and hit a towering home run — his first of the spring: