Three innings after Yasiel Puig gave the Los Angeles Dodgers a 2-0 lead over the San Diego Padres with a towering home run to left field, the score was 5-4 in favor of the Dodgers heading into the bottom of the fourth.
Joc Pederson led the inning off against Padres starter Jason Lane and hit his fourth home run of the spring to extend the Dodgers’ lead:
Pederson hit from the eighth spot in Wednesday’s lineup and entered the game batting .395/.435/.698 in 17 games. While the Dodgers have yet to announce a starter in center field, Pederson’s play to this point figures to have won him the job.
The furthest extent manager Don Mattingly has gone on the topic was suggesting Pederson was in the lead just over one week ago. However, he’s also maintained Andre Ethier is still under consideration.
Pederson’s home run was the second of the game for the Dodgers and two batters later, Justin Turner hit a solo shot:
While Turner isn’t fighting for a starting job, he again figures to play a key role for the Dodgers off the bench. With the home run, the super-utility man upped his averages to .469/.500/.781 in 14 Spring Training games.
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