The Los Angeles Dodgers traveled to Salt River Fields at Talking Stick to face the Arizona Diamondbacks for the final time of the spring. Monday’s game was also exactly one week after they played a game at Camelback Ranch that included four hit batsmen and four ejections — all Diamondbacks.
While tension boiled over in the first inning of last week’s game, the same didn’t hold true Monday. However, the Dodgers did manage to jump out to an early over their National League West division rivals.
Jimmy Rollins hit a leadoff double against Cuban defector Yoan Lopez, and he was moved over to third base on Yasiel Puig’s groundout to second. An Adrian Gonzalez grounder to shortstop then scored Rollins to give the Dodgers a 1-0 lead.
After Howie Kendrick drew a two-out walk, Carl Crawford kept the two-out rally going with a standup RBI triple to right-center field. The triple was Crawford’s first of the spring and just his third extra-base hit.
The 33-year-old left fielder has had an up and down spring and recently played in a Minor League game to get more at-bats as part of his effort to get going at the plate. With the triple, Crawford upped his slash line this spring to .225/.262/.275 in 16 games.