The Dodgers outslugged the White Sox 13-7 at Camelback Ranch on Saturday afternoon. The boys in blue hit four home runs and Kenta Maeda tossed 4.1 innings of one-run ball. The Dodgers scored four runs in the fifth and three more in the sixth to take a 10-1 lead. They added three more runs as well before the game was over. The Dodgers collected 17 hits and were 5 for 13 with runners in scoring position. The White Sox were 10 for 20 with runners in scoring position.
The Dodgers got home runs from Brett Eibner, Rob Segedin, veteran catcher Bobby Wilson, and rookie O’Koyea Dickson. Segedin drove in three runs, and Dickson drove home two. Longtime Dodger Andre Ethier made his return to the lineup and drove in a run with a double in the third inning. He had two hits on the day and seems to be fully recovered from his sore hip.
Cody Bellinger got a hit, and drove in a run. He was 1 for 3 on the day.
On the pitching side starter Kenta Maeda looked sharp turning in 4.1 innings of one-run ball. He allowed just 5 hits and struck out one. Right hander Josh Fields tossed an inning and a third of scoreless ball, and Adam Liberatore made an appearance as well. As usual Chris Hatcher was horrendous allowing four runs on three hits in just two thirds of an inning. Although to be fair only one run was earned because of a throwing error by Darnell Sweeney. Still he’s awful and I have no idea why the Dodgers keep running him out there. Please cut the cord now, the experiment is over. He better figure things out soon.
In other news and notes, Corey Seager is nearing a return soon. According to reports he had his first full workout and third consecutive field activity. Sergio Romo still has a sore back and has not returned to action. Reliever Pedro Baez is still battling a sore thumb. He’ll pitch a live bullpen session on Sunday.
The Dodgers will play team Japan on Sunday. Prospect Trevor Oaks will get the start as Rich Hill is being ordered to pitch a minor league game to work on his control. Brandon McCarthy will start on Monday, and Hyun-jin Ryu will toe the rubber on Tuesday. Sunday’s first pitch is scheduled for 1:05 PM at Camelback Ranch. The Dodgers are now 13-11 in Cactus League play.