I was at the Dodgers versus White Sox game on Monday and after some good pitching early (Chad Billingsley for LAD and Philip Humber, Wil Ohman, and Addison Reed for CWS), some young Dodger players broke the game open in the sixth inning against Nestor Molina, the starting pitching prospect that the White Sox received for Sergio Santos.
Tony Gwynn Jr. led off the inning with a line drive single to LF and promptly stole second before scoring on a line drive double to right field by Justin Sellers. Ivan DeJesus followed with a line drive triple slashed down the right field line. Two batters later Scott Van Slyke, the Dodgers minor league player of the year in 2011 and son of Andy Van Slyke; hit a long home run over the bullpen behind the left field fence. Outfielder Alex Castellanos followed with a line drive single to left and took third on a fly ball double to left by Josh Fields. Castellanos scored on a fielder’s choice groundout by Russ Mitchell before the inning ended.
The Pale Hose looked they would go quietly until the ninth inning when former Oakland prospect Dan Johnson followed a walk to Jim Gallagher with a long home run to right field, but that ended the scoring in a 6-4 win by the Blue Crew.
In other action on Monday, while someone thought it was news that Albert Pujols hit a double in his first spring training at bat, I was more interested in the early home runs from Howard Kendrick and Chris Iannetta. New Angel Christopher John Wilson looked good in his two innings of work.
By the way, in the first week in play almost all starters are only slated to pitch two innings as they begin to stretch out their pitch counts. Starting pitchers who follow pitch one or two innings while relief pitchers are only scheduled to pitch one inning. Next week we will see some starters move up to three, maybe four innings.
Arizona Diamondback third baseman Ryan Roberts was the first player to hit his second home run of the spring. Gerardo Parra, now the fourth outfielder of the DBacks started the game in center field and had a double and a home run.