The Los Angeles Dodgers looked to continue their scoring spree from Friday’s Big League Weekend opener, and Kiké Hernandez’s solo home run off Texas Rangers starter Anthony Ranaudo on just the third pitch of the game set the tone early.
Justin Turner followed with a line drive single and Yasiel Puig drew a four-pitch walk, but with runners on first and second Adrian Gonzalez, hit into a double play. Yasmani Grandal struck out to finish the inning, but the Dodgers were able to establish a 1-0 lead after the top of first.
With Zack Greinke on the mound, the Dodgers also looked to silence the Rangers bats after they scored six runs in Friday’s game. Greinke was sharp in his first inning of work as he struck out all three batters he faced.
Alex Guerrero and Joc Pederson both flied out begin the second. Darwin Barney followed with a base hit up the middle, but in his first live at-bat this Spring, Greinke struck out in a quiet top of the inning.
With three strikeouts under his belt heading into the bottom of the second, Greinke took care of a soft grounder hit in front of the mound to record the first out. Jared Hoying reached on an infield single by beating Barney’s throw to first, but was later thrown out by Grandal in his attempt to steal second.
After giving up his second hit of the day, Greinke closed the second out with his fourth strikeout of the game. Hernandez reached on an Elvis Andrus error to lead off the fourth inning and he scored on Justin Turner’s two-run home run.
Adrian Gonzalez joined the home run party two batters later with a solo shot that extended the Dodgers lead to 4-0. Greinke gave up a lead off single to Adam Rosales and issued a two-out walk to Leonys Martin. The third inning came to a close when Yasmani Grandal caught Martin stealing.
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