Ahhh the old exhibition nod. Spring wouldn’t be complete without one more tie. The Dodgers are finally home, and finished their exhibition portion of their schedule. The boys in blue wrapped up their freeway series against the Angels as they played to a 4-4 tie at Dodger Stadium on Saturday evening. The club will be off on Sunday before opening the 2017 regular season with a four game series against the Padres. Clayton Kershaw is scheduled to face Jhoulys Chacin at 1:10 PM on Monday.
It must have been wonderful for the players to return home, just as it was wonderful for all of us to be back at Chavez Ravine. We’ve all missed Dodger Stadium. I wasn’t around to watch the game, but it featured Brandon McCarthy versus former Dodger Jessie Chavez. McCarthy lasted three innings and allowed three earned runs on four hits while walking one and whiffing four.
The game marked the return of Corey Seager to the Dodger lineup. For those of you who were worried about Seager being rusty or not getting enough reps after missing most of spring training recovering from an oblique injury were probably mistaken. Seager went 2 for 3 and looked like he hasn’t skipped a beat.
This play actually prevented the Angels from winning.
The Dodgers got two home runs in the contest. Justin Turner hit a two-run shot in the bottom of the first, and Joc Pederson hit a monster two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning. The Angels got a two-run blast of their own in the third inning from Albert Pujols. The Angels rallied for a run in the top of the ninth inning against Michael Johnson to tie the game at 4-4.
The Dodgers threatened in the bottom of the ninth inning, but Chris Taylor struck out, and Erick Mejia grounded out to end the game. Joc, Yasiel Puig, and Seager all had two hits. Turner collected three hits on the night as the Dodgers had 11 hits with three of them for extra bases. Everyone seems to be in midseason form. Check out the highlights above and we’ll see you on Monday.