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Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Brandon McCarthy was on the mound Wednesday as the Los Angeles Dodgers faced the Chicago Cubs for the second time this spring. Whereas Zack Greinke made his debut in the first meeting between the two teams, Wednesday was McCarthy’s third start of the spring as he looked to continue building his arm strength.

The Cubs quickly jumped all over the Dodgers’ right-hander, taking a 1-0 lead in the first inning. The Cubs continued to make good contact against McCarthy in the second inning, led by a David Ross leadoff double and Addison Russell single that put runners on the corners.

Albert Almora’s two-run double gave the Cubs a 3-0 lead, and Chris Coghlan’s two-run home run extended it to 5-0. The Dodgers then got on the board in the second inning behind a Howie Kendrick leadoff single and Andre Ethier RBI double:

Then with runners on the corners and no outs, Joc Pederson hit an opposite field three-run home run against Cubs starter Jake Arrieta to get the Dodgers within a run at 5-4. Pederson began the day hitting .360/.407/.560 through parts of 11 games and the home run was his second of the spring.

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3 Responses

  1. Joel Palmer

    Opposite field and deep. Love it! He will be starting April 6th.

  2. larryball

    So they gave Haren his $10,000,000.00 so he could play in Miami and then gave McCarthy a busload of millions so he could soothe his equally tired arm in California. The new guys just might be making moves just to keep busy.

  3. Taylor Rose

    DAMN SON! That was an absolute bomb! Kid can chase em down too, now is he a better player then Andre, its a good problem for Donny baseball to have isn’t it 😉 As for McCarthy, I agree with larryball in the comparison to Haren, but not so much in the plural, I think this Anderson kid (injuries aside) can be the best #4 starter in any rotation, with that said I agree that McCarthy is overpaid and is very similar to Haren so we kinda paid double for the same pitcher, just a few more letters and a different number.. I sure hope he proves us all wrong and adds 200+ innings to our staff, that would be nice.


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