Brett Anderson made his second start of the spring Saturday afternoon as the Los Angeles Dodgers hosted the Cleveland Indians. Starting opposite Anderson was veteran left-hander, Bruce Chen.
Chen replaced Carlos Carrasco, who was slated to start but scratched a few hours before the game due to an illness. Yasiel Puig was penciled in as the designated hitter for the Dodgers, but he also was scratched from the lineup with an illness, and was replaced by Yasmani Grandal.
Indians shortstop Jose Ramirez led off the game with a single to right and was then sacrificed to second by Jason Kipnis. After a one-out walk to Ryan Raburn, Anderson was able to get a groundout and a strikeout to end the threat without giving up a run.
Chen, who made his third start of the spring, retired the side in order in the bottom half of the first by getting Jimmy Rollins, Carl Crawford and Grandal all to fly out. Anderson has a quick second inning of his own, getting two ground balls and a strikeout.
The Dodgers got on the board first in the bottom of the second on a one-out solo home run to left by Scott Van Slyke. Justin Turner followed with a ground-rule double and Joc Pederson then drew a two-out walk, but Chen escaped trouble by getting Chris Heisey to ground out and end the inning.
The third inning was just ask quick as the second for Anderson, despite Ramirez reaching base for the second time in the game. Anderson’s day was over after 33 pitches in three innings, with only two hits allowed.
Rollins led off the bottom of the third with a single up the middle. Crawford then grounded out to second on a hit-and-run, which moved Rollins to second and prevented a double play. Grandal singled to left field, but hit the ball too sharply and Rollins had to stop at third base.
Howie Kendrick’s tapper up the first base line scored Rollins and the Dodgers held a 2-0 lead at the end of three innings. Mike Adams made his Dodgers debut in the fourth inning and had mixed results.
Adams walked Tyler Holt with one out and he quickly stole second base. Then with two runners on, Erik Gonzalez hit a two-out single to center that scored Holt and knocked Adams out of the game. B.J. Rosenburg took over with runners on second and third and two outs.
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