Spring Training Recap: Lee Blows 6-Inning Save In Dodgers’ Seventh Tie

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Zach Lee replaced Kershaw in the bottom of the fourth to wrap up a successful spring for Kershaw. The Dodgers’ right-handed prospect picked up where Kershaw left off by retiring the side in order, which included striking out Orlando to end the inning.

Travis Whiterspoon led off the fifth for the Dodgers with a base hit against Wade Davis. Whitershpoon then stole second base and scored on Chris O’Brien’s RBI single that extended the Dodgers’ lead to 3-1.

Still with no outs and two men on base, the Dodgers looked primed to add their lead, but Davis maneuvered his way around the next three batters to get out of trouble. Lee returned in the bottom of the fifth and retired Christain Colon, Merrifield and Jackson in order, and all on fly outs.

Former two-time Dodgers draftee Luke Hochevar relieved Davis in the sixth inning and made quick work of the Dodgers, retiring Kyle Jensen, Seager and Sweeney. Lee was lights out in the bottom of the sixth after allowing a leadoff single to Erik Kratz.

The 23-year-old bounced back to strike out Bubba Starling, Moises Sierra and Angel Franco to end the inning.

Chris Young replaced Hochevar in the bottom of the sixth and was greeted with a leadoff home run hit by Whiterspoon. Cody Bellinger later hit a two-out double off the 6’10 right-hander, but the Dodgers were unable to capitalize.

Lee struck out the first batter he faced in the bottom of the seventh but then gave up a solo home run Brett Eibner that cut the Dodgers’ lead to 4-2. Seager hit a one-out double in the eighth and advanced to third base on a ground out where he was stranded.

Lee remained on the mound in the bottom of the eighth, allowed a base hit but nothing else in his fifth inning of work. Daniel Moyer hit a leadoff single and O’Brien drew a walk to give the Dodgers two on with no outs.

Both runners advanced on wild pitch from Franklin Morales, who then settled in and retired the next three batters he faced. For as sharp as Lee had been throughout the day, Eiber hit his second home run of the game — a two-run shot that tied the game in the ninth.

Ben Rowen took over for Lee and promptly gave up back-to-back singles. Rowen then got a double play to end the game and the Dodgers had their seventh tie of the spring; they concluded Cactus League play with a 16-9-7 record.


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