One day after their only off-day of the spring, the Los Angeles Dodgers hosted the San Diego Padres for the second time this spring. Reliever Juan Nicasio got the start for the Dodgers, in the first of multiple bullpen games expected in the near future.
Nicasio was opposed by left-hander Jason Lane. The 38-year old converted outfielder has pitched just 7.2 Major-League innings in his career. Wil Myers led off the game with a bloop single to right, but was caught napping by Yasiel Puig when he took too big of a turn rounding first and was back-picked by Puig and Nicasio for the first out.
Nicasio then got two fly outs to end the top half of the first. Jimmy Rollins led off the bottom of the inning with a perfectly-placed bunt single. Then with one out, Puig launched a two-run home run to deep left to give the Dodgers a 2-0 lead.
Nicasio one again retired the side in order in the top of the second. Joc Pederson was the only Dodger to reach base in the bottom of the second, doing so on a throwing error by third baseman Yangervis Solarte, but nothing came of it and the Dodgers’ lead remained 2-0 after two innings.
After consecutive singles to start the third, Lane bunted both runners into scoring position for Myers. After striking out Myers, Nicasio gave up a single to Cameron Maybin that scored two and tied the game.
The tie didn’t last long though, as Justin Turner and Puig started the bottom of the third with consecutive singles. They were followed by an Adrian Gonzalez sacrifice fly that scored Turner and gave the Dodgers a 3-2 lead. Howie Kendrick and Andre Ethier both doubled to left-center, scoring two more runs and at the end of three the Dodgers led, 5-2.
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