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Spring Training Recap: Darnell Sweeney Grand Slam Lifts Dodgers To Win



Vincent Samperio-Dodgers Nation
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Hatcher then walked Marcus Semien that put two on with no outs; a hit by pitch then loaded the bases with one out. A ground out scored a run for the A’s and they were up 2-0 and threatening to add more.

Phegley’s big day at the plate continued with a double that skipped off Scott Van Slyke’s glove to extend the lead to 4-0 before Hatcher could get out of the inning.

Barney legged out a grounder to shortstop to leadoff the bottom of the fourth, but the Dodgers were unable to make anything of it as Gonzalez flied out and Uribe hit into an inning-ending double play. After Joel Peralta tossed a scoreless fifth inning, Pederson drew a two-out walk in the bottom of the fifth that resulted in a pitching change for the A’s.

Dan Otero entered the game, got Ellis to ground out and the Dodgers continued to trail 4-0 at the end of five innings. The Dodgers at last got on the board in the bottom of the sixth beginning with a Justin Turner one-out base hit.

Barney followed with an RBI double and advanced to third base on the throw to home plate. Gonzalez grounded out to first base, which scored Barney and the Dodgers trailed, 4-2. David Huff took over for the Dodgers in the eighth and immediately allowed the first two hitters to reach base.

Huff then got help from Erisbel Arruebarrena, who was playing second base and went to his left on a grounder to start an inning-ending 4-6-3 double play. Austin Barns led off the bottom of the eighth with a single to left against Ryan Cook and Kyle Jensen singled to bring the go-ahead run to the plate with one out in the form of Corey Seager.

The prized prospect drew a walk to load the bases, which led to Darnell Sweeney hitting an opposite field grand slam to give the Dodgers a 6-4 lead. Cook’s struggles continued as Alex Guerrero singled and the right-hander hit O’Koyea Dickson with a pitch.

Ryan Verdugo was brought in to face Scott Schebler, though it didn’t go in favor of the Athletics as Schebler hit a three-run home run. Chris Heisey, the next batter, then hit a solo home run to left field and the Dodgers lead grew to 10-4.

Huff allowed back-to-back singles with no outs in the ninth and gave up a run-scoring sacrifice fly before recording the final out in the Dodgers’ 10-5 win.

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