The Dodgers played host to the “sort of crosstown” Angels on Thursday, in a game played under the lights at Camelback Ranch. The boys in blue made the Angeles pitchers pay in a big way, clubbing four solo home runs en route to a 4-3 victory.
Hyun Jin-Ryu got the start for this one, and he tossed five innings of one run ball. The only run he gave up came off of a home run from Luis Valbuena. Ryu struck out 6 batters and walked just 1 in his final Cactus League outing. He also managed to end Mike Trouts streak of going without a strikeout all Spring, by getting him to chase in the first inning.
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The Dodgers had four different players go deep in the game, and all four are projected Opening day players. Yasiel Puig kicked things off with a solo shot to deep left center field in the 2nd innings off of Jaime Barria, his first of the Spring. Later in the game, Kike Hernandez sent one nearly into orbit for his fourth home run. Corey Seager and Cody Bellinger followed with some action of their own in the ensuing innings.
Another notable performance came from bullpen hopeful J.T. Chargois, who pitched a scoreless frame in the 8th. Chargois has now thrown 8 innings in spring while allowing just 1 earned run. Chargois has also struck out 10 batters in his limited work.
Fan favorite Pedro Baez also made an appearance, and promptly gave up a solo home run to Zack Cozart. Baez has given up five earned runs in 6.2 spring innings.
Los Angeles will play two more games in Arizona before heading back to California next week to prepare for Opening Day. They will face off against the Halos once again in a three game exhibition series starting Sunday.
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