Several weeks into Spring Training, much has been made of young prospects performing well when given the opportunity to play. Joc Pederson, Corey Seager and Julio Urias have drawn the most attention, though O’Koyea Dickson and Scott Schebler have been among those swinging a hot bat.
The Los Angeles Dodgers went with a veteran-laced lineup Monday against the Oakland Athletics, but several young players were inserted into the game in the latter stages. Among them was Darnell Sweeney, who pinch-hit for Adrian Gonzalez in the bottom of the eighth inning.
Sweeney stepped to the plate with one out and the Dodgers trailing, 4-2. With one swing, he changed the Dodgers’ fortunes with an opposite field grand slam:
After the next two batters reached base, Ryan Verdugo took over for Ryan Cook with Scott Schebler due up. The lefty-on-lefty matchup didn’t break in the Athletics’ favor as Schebler hit a three-run home run to extend the Dodgers’ lead:
Two pitches later, Chris Heisey hit a solo home run off Verdugo:
Heisey’s home run capped off an eight-run inning for the Dodgers, who came from behind to defeat the A’s, 10-5.