Former Baltimore farmhand Wynston Sawyer drove in the winnings runs for the Dodgers on Thursday afternoon against the Cleveland Indians. Sawyer’s two-run single gave the Dodgers a 4-2 lead in the bottom of the seventh inning. They would go onto win by that 4-2 score. I have no idea who Wynston Sawyer is, but apparently he is a former Orioles prospect that never made it above double-A ball. He plays first base and catcher.
Who cares about Wynston Sawyer though, because the important news out of the Dodgers exhibition victory over the Indians was that Clayton Kershaw threw two perfect frames. Sergio Romo made a successful debut striking out 3 in one scoreless frame. Alex Wood pitched two perfect frames as well. Kenley Jansen tossed an inning allowing one earned run (although supposedly Andrew Toles misplayed a fly ball, and the run later scored on Chris Taylor’s error) on two hits and struck out a batter. As usual Chris Hatcher was his horrendous self, allowing one earned run on two hits but also striking out two. Kershaw made 23 pitches and said his fastball and curveball command felt good.
Thursday was a good day for Dodger pitchers. Friday is scheduled to be a good day for Dodger infielders as shortstop Corey Seager, and second baseman Logan Forsythe are both scheduled to return to the Dodger lineup on Friday afternoon. Forsythe was taking a few days off after having a lubricated injection into his right knee. Seager on the other hand was nursing a bruised right shin after fouling a ball off of it three games ago.
The Dodgers have a split squad day scheduled for Friday. Half of the squad will remain at Camelback to play the Kansas City Royals. Ian Kenned is slated to start for the Royals, meanwhile Rich Hill will take the mound for the Dodgers. The other half of the club will travel to Talking Stick at Salt River Fields to take on the Arizona Dbacks. In that game walking wounded Brandon McCarthy will face former Dodger and turncoat Zack Greinke at 12:10 PM. The Dodgers are now 5-1 i Cactus League play. We’re just one month away from opening day.