After solid performances by Brett Anderson and Erik Bedard to shut out the San Francisco Giants through the first four innings, the Los Angeles Dodgers found themselves in a 5-2 hole after a disastrous fifth inning by relievers Brandon League and Carlos Frias.
Then in the seventh inning, the Dodgers cut into their deficit behind Howie Kendrick’s RBI double off the left field wall that scored pinch-runner O’Koyea Dickson from first base:
Later in the inning, Andre Ethier drove in another run, followed by an RBI single by Scott Van Slyke to tie the game at 5-5, which turned out to be the final score.
The Dodgers acquired Kendrick from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in December as a replacement for Dee Gordon. While Kendrick doesn’t provide an improvement from Gordon in terms of speed, he is considered an upgrade defensively, and last season had a .293/.347/.397 slash.
Kendrick has not gotten off to a great start this Spring Training — the double raised his average the .222 after less than a week of games — but the 31-year-old veteran figures to be a driving force for the Dodgers come the regular season.
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