The Dodgers came into Friday night’s exhibition affair with the Giants having lost seven in a row, and 10 of their last 11 games. That doesn’t count Thursday night’s 5-5 tie with the Indians. I know these games don’t count in the standings, but it would be nice to win a couple. Opening day is just ten days away and there is not much time for the club to start piecing together the active roster. If anything, it’s good for morale to win a few of these spring games.
The Dodgers got a huge morale boost after blowing out the Giants 13-0 on Vin Scully day. It was a truly wonderful night for the Dodgers. Nothing bad happened. The Dodgers scored eight runs in the first three innings, Carlos Frias looked great in five shutout innings, The Dodgers threw out two Giants at the plate, and we got to hear Vin Scully’s beautiful voice for the first time this season. Nobody got hurt either, to the best of my knowledge. I think beating the Giants has inherent healing properties. I think I heard Corey Seager’s knee getting better after each run crossed the plate on Friday night. Pounding the Giants always brings us joy.
Speaking of the great Vin Scully, the hall of fame broadcaster enters his 67 season behind the microphone. He sat down with the press before the game to answer some questions and was his usual incredibly humble self. Scully noted that he will miss the fans and the roar of the crowd as he enters his final season.
Scully also noted that he doesn’t want any farewell tours. He doesn’t want to become more important than the game. Once again, Scully is amazingly humble.
“It bothers me making it sound like because it’s my last year I’m almost more important than the game. That scares me to death.”
“I’m just an announcer; I belong in the press box,” he said. “Believe me, from the bottom of my heart, I’m the luckiest person in the world. To allow me to go this far is fine, but it’s not really me. I’m not going to bring me on a tour like I’m some Stradivarius.”
Of course we all know that Vin is more than just a broadcaster. He has been the voice of the Dodgers and our guide throughout the season for 66 years. Every Dodger fan must come to terms and accept that Vin will no longer be announcing Dodger games in their own way. It will be painful for all of us, but we can get through it together. This is why we must cherish every inning we get to hear his beautiful dulcet tones. Every game he announces is a gift.
Scully went on to talk about Kirk Gibson’s legendary home run in game 1 of the 1988 World Series, and some of his colleagues. He mentioned Joe Garagiola, who recently passed away, and former Dodger coach Joe Amalfitano. The former Dodger third base coach was allowed to coach third base for the Giants during Friday night’s game.
As for the game, it wasn’t much of one. The Dodgers defeated the Giants 13-0. The Dodgers scored 13 runs on 17 hits. The Dodgers collected six extra-base hits. You know you’re having a good game when even Charlie Culberson gets into the act. He had an RBI double in the bottom of the third inning. Giant’s starter Clayton Blackburn got pulverized through only two thirds of an inning. He allowed three runs off three hits and couldn’t make it out of the first inning. The Dodgers got run scoring singles from Joc Pederson, and Rob Segedin. Chase Utley had two hits including an RBI double. Adrian Gonzalez blasted a two-run home run, and even Frias himself smacked an RBI single.
Speaking of Frias, he looked very good on the mound as he attempts to lock up the fifth starter spot. Since everyone else is hurt, it’s his spot to lose. Frias tossed four shutout frames, allowing six hits and striking out three. He was even involved in the rarest of plays. In the top of the third, Gregor Blanco walked and advanced to third on a Hunter Pence single. With Buster Posey at the plate, Frias uncorcked a wild pitch, and Blanco tried to score. Austin Barnes quickly relayed the ball to Frias and Blanco was tagged out at the plate. It’s just your run of the mill every day 2-1 putout.
Carl Crawford threw out a runner at the plate, granted it was the pitcher Adalberto Mejia, but still. They didn’t make a single error or miscue either. It was an all around great night for the Dodgers. I think the club needed this one after all of the depressing injury news.
The Dodgers have a split squad day on Saturday. In the afternoon half of the club will travel to Peoria to face the Mariners. Scott Kazmir will counter Wade Miley in a battle of lefties. In the second game, the other half of the club will remain at Camelback Ranch to play the White Sox. In the nightcap Zach Lee will go up against right hander Carson Fulmer at 7:05 PM.