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Dodgers Offense Reignites In Win
Posted Mar 15, 2012
My first day in Arizona was a free day for me, so I thought, "What's a better way to spend a night than at a baseball game?" Even though I'll spend the next week at ballparks, what can I say? I love baseball.
Final Score: Dodgers 9, Reds 1
-Kershaw started off brilliantly, retiring the first three batters in order. He struggled with his control in the 2nd and 3rd innings, throwing mostly fastballs but missing up, failing to finish off his pitches. Clayton fixed the problem in the 4th, striking out the first two batters and inducing a foul pop out to retire the third.
-The offense was led, predictably, by
. Tony Gwynn had a pair of hits batting leadoff,
doubled, as did
combined for 4 shutout innings and 5 strikeouts.
gave up a few hits and a run, though it was preceded by a
error and unearned.
-The game featured two of the more bizarre plays that I've seen in a while. The first occurred after
ripped a ball down the right field line. The right fielder stumbled, leading to what looked like a triple for the Aussie. But as Tim Wallach frantically tried to hold Trent up, the over-zealous outfielder charged right through the sign and headed home. A cutoff throw seemed to have nailed Oeltjen at home, but the ball popped out of the catcher's mitt. However, the catcher blocked Trent from touching home, grabbed the ball and tagged him out.
-The other bizarre play involved
, who cued the ball up the first base line in foul territory. Thinking the play was over, Fields casually walked around the batters box to prepare for the next pitch. But the ball had some serious english on it, rolling back into fair territory, right in front of the first baseman, who promptly picked it up and tagged the base. That type of play is one in a million, but it won't endear Fields to the coaches.
My first day at Camelback Ranch. I hear they're celebrating my arrival with a game against the Royals at 1:05pm. Perhaps I'll watch.
2011 Positional Review: Catchers
Feb 14, 2012
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