Spring training results don’t matter? Try telling that to Cody Bellinger and Alex Verdugo.
After a pitching implosion in which the Dodgers blew a 7-3 lead, Bellinger and Verdugo hammered homers to right field in the 8th to lift L.A. to a 10-8 victory.
Cody Bellinger on his plan for the spring: "My main goal is to show the front office they can trust me, when they do make the call."
— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughTimes) February 26, 2017
Rich Hill started the day strong. He threw two scoreless frames, allowing no hits and walking one. He drew a few “awes” at his curveball.
— MLB GIFS (@MLBGIFs) February 26, 2017
The Dodgers led 4-0 with RBI from Justin Turner (2) and Chase Utley (2). Utley extended the lead to 5-2 after Chris Hatcher hit a batter and gave up a 2-run homer in his relief appearance following Hill.
Milwaukee jumped ahead 8-7 against Trevor Oaks. Rob Segedin hit a homer to center to even it, then Verdugo and Bellinger wrapped it up the next inning.
So for roommates Bellinger and Verdugo, both their first hits of ST are homers to right.
— Dodgers Nation (@DodgersNation) February 26, 2017
Brandon Morrow surrendered three runs in his single inning, and Ross Stripling gave up two in his. The disappointing pitching effort will be secondary to the offensive onslaught, however.
Aside from Utley and Turner’s impact, the team banged out 14 hits. The organization can’t ask for more from their two top prospects – even in a meaningful game, Bellinger and Verdugo came through in the clutch to win the game. Ther’s no substitute for experience.
The 2-0 Dodgers square off with Colorado on Monday and Tuesday.
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