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Jon Soo Hoo, Los Angeles Dodgers

Jon Soo Hoo, Los Angeles Dodgers

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Half of the Los Angeles Dodgers hosted the Texas Rangers Sunday afternoon at Camelback Ranch in their last split-squad action of the Spring. Brandon McCarthy made his fourth start of the spring. He was opposed by right-hander Nick Tepesch.

Leonys Martin hit a lead-off double to center to begin the game, followed by a walk to Shin-Soo Choo, but McCarthy was able to work around a couple of base runners to throw a scoreless inning. Tepesch retired the Dodgers in order in the bottom half of the first, striking out two.

McCarthy followed suit with a quick inning of his own in the second, getting two fly outs and a ground out.

The Rangers struck first in the top of the third. With on out Martin walked and stole second. Choo then singled to bring him home, followed by a double by Adrian Beltre to score Choo. With two outs Ryan Rua then hit an infield single to second that scored Beltre to give the Rangers a 3-0 lead midway through three.

The Dodgers answered back in the bottom half of the inning though. Buck Britton led off with a single to right to start the inning. Then with two outs the Dodger bats came alive. Five consecutive hits starting with a Jimmy Rollins ground-rule double, followed by RBI hits by Chris Heisey, Adrian Gonzalez, Howie Kendrick and Scott Van Slyke, and the Dodgers took a 5-3 lead after three.

After McCarthy retired the Rangers in order in the fourth, Carl Crawford singled and then stole second to start to bottom of the fourth. Britton then hit a two-run homer to right to give the Dodgers a 7-3 lead.

McCarthy gave up a two-out double to Beltre, but nothing else in the top of the fifth. Despite back-to-back singles by Kendrick and Van Slyke the Dodgers were unable to add to their lead in the bottom of the fifth.

CONTINUE READING: Would the offense put up more runs?

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Daniel Starkand is a senior at Chapman University majoring in journalism and minoring in broadcast journalism. He grew up in Burbank, CA. He played baseball at Burbank High and his first year at Chapman. He also writes for The Panther newspaper.

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