Dodgers News: Rich Hill Solid in First Start Versus San Diego

Rich Hill is notorious for bad spring trainings. In his first game of real action, Hill reminded the Dodgers why they acquired and extended him in the last year.

Hill went five innings, allowing just two hits and one run. He didn’t allow a hit through three innings. It wasn’t spectacular, but it was a reliable showing the Dodgers are coming to expect of Hill.

Hill was yanked before the third time through the order. The Dodgers management plan of Hill makes sense. He’s often injured, and putting any stress on him before the postseason would be irresponsible.

On the negative side, Hill had three walks. Erratic command plagued Hill in March. As Eric Stephen at True Blue LA acknowledged, Hill was slow out of the gate last season in that area.

Hill’s next start is scheduled for Monday against the Chicago Cubs. Chicago will raise its banner before the game.

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