The Dodgers opened their 2017 Cactus league exhibition schedule this afternoon with a 5-3 win over the White Sox at Glendale Arizona. Clayton Kershaw pitched a scoreless inning and the Dodgers rallied from a 2-0 deficit to defeat the pale hose in a meaningless game. I bet you never figured that exhibition hero Brett Eibner would hit the first home run of the spring for the Dodgers in 2017. Well he did, and it was so glorious.
Before the game the Dodgers had second baseman Logan Forsythe leading off. The rest of the lineup looked pretty similar to how the lineup should look during the regular season, save for Adrian Gonzalez being absent. Corey Seager was at his usual shortstop position, Justin Turner at third base, and Rob Segedin got the start at first base. The outfield consisted of Andrew Toles in left field, Joc Pederson in center, and Yasiel Puig in right field. Yasmani Grandal was the starting catcher, and Kershaw opened the game.
White Sox 3 7 0
Dodgers 5 10 0
Kershaw was his usual self as he tossed a scoreless frame, making 11 pitches and getting 7 strikes. Alex Wood followed with two innings, and allowed two earned runs on three hits. Josh Ravin followed with an inning, and minor league journeyman Fabio Castillo pitched 3.1 innings.
The White Sox scored two runs in the second inning. Matt Davidson and Avisail Garcia both singled to put runners at first and second. A wild pitch from Wood advanced the runners to second and third. Catcher Geovany Soto’s grounder scored Davidson for the first run. Yolmer Sanchez’s sacrifice fly scored Garcia to put the White Sox ahead 2-0.
The Dodgers scored three in the bottom of the third to take a 3-2 lead. Logan Forsythe doubled off the center field wall and Corey Seager walked. Then Justin Turner’s single to center scored Forsythe and sent Seager to third. Then Grandal’s double to right scored Seager, and a ground out from Franklin Gutierrez scored the third run to give the Dodgers the lead.
The White Sox would eventually tie it up with a run in the top of the fourth. Garcia’s double, and an RBI single from Yolmer Sanchez was how the Pale Hose tied the score in the fourth frame. The Dodgers would get the lead back with solo runs in the bottom of the sixth and seventh innings.
Brett Eibner’s solo home run in the sixth inning off of Chicago reliever Giovanni Soto put the Dodgers back ahead 4-3. In the seventh inning, Chris Taylor singled, stole second and scored on a run scoring single from Scott Van Slyke.
Edward Paredes pitched the final inning for the Dodgers, recording the last three outs. Parades struck out three of the four batters he faced including the final two outs on Yoan Moncada, and Cody Asche. The Dodgers win 5-3!
That’s all for the Dodgers today. It doesn’t mean anything in the standings of course, but it is always nice to see the club win the first exhibition game. It helps with moral. The Dodgers continue their exhibition slate as they travel to Maryvale to face the Brewers. Rich Hill will toe the rubber on Sunday and first pitch is scheduled for 12:05 PM.