The Los Angeles Dodgers took the field Saturday evening at Dodger Stadium for their final exhibition game and looking to avoid a three-game sweep at the hands of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
The Dodgers were coming off a night in which they only managed two hits against Andrew Heaney and multiple relievers, with both coming from Scott Van Slyke. The fifth outfielder in a crowded position group, Van Slyke hasn’t been considered for a starting job but his spot as a bench player is all but set in stone.
Van Slyke earned his stripes last season with versatility to play all three outfield spots and first base, and as a valuable bat against left-handed pitchers. In 130 plate appearances against lefties in 2014, he hit .315/.415/.630 with eight home runs and 17 RBIs.
Manager Don Mattingly had Van Slyke in left field Friday night and on top of providing the club’s only hint of offense, he also made a diving catch on a shallow fly ball. Van Slyke was back in the lineup Saturday, this time playing first base, which allowed Adrian Gonzalez to serve as the designated hitter.
With the Dodgers trailing 1-0 in second inning, Van Slyke hit a game-tying solo home run off left-hander Sergio Morales.