The calm before the storm at Camelback Ranch.
The Dodgers ended their second of two day-night split squad days this spring by tying the San Francisco Giants 3-3. It was the third tie of the spring for the Dodgers (8-5-3). The big news of the game was Ivan De Jesus Jr. straining his left oblique.
DeJesus left the game during his at-bat in the bottom of the seventh inning as he hurt himself on a swing. Manager Don Mattingly said after the game that DeJesus, who is among a small group of candidates fighting for the final bench spot, will be out a few days and that the team will know more after DeJesus has an MRI exam on Monday.
It isn't quite broken leg bad timing, but the oblique injury isn't good for DeJesus, who has been passed over for a September callup despite being on the 40-man roster in each of the last two seasons. He needs every chance he can to make a good impression, and being out for a few days, while perhaps unfair, certainly doesn't help.
Aaron Harang allowed two runs in his four innings of work, with both runs coming on a two-run home run hit up into the windstream out to left field by Brandon Belt in the first inning. Harang struck out four and walked none in his third Cactus League start.
"He looked good. With those guys, it's a matter of whether or not they are they sharp," Mattingly said of his starting pitcher. "He threw strikes and he wasn't all over the place."
Camelback Ranch on Saturday night was a packed house, as the Dodgers set a Cactus League record with 13,655 in attendance. However, not only was no winner determined on the field, but the record crowd missed out on the scheduled postgame fireworks, a Friday staple at Camelback Ranch, due to the high winds.
It was also a night of Dodgers greats in the house at Camelback Ranch, as Don Newcombe threw out the first pitch (a strike, by the way), Vin Scully called his first game of the year, and Fernando Valenzuela called his first game of the year too, joining Jaime Jarrin and Pepe Yñiquez on the KTNQ radio broadcast.
"From what we've heard, we'll be able to play. If we don't play we'll hit in the cages. If we don't hit outside, we'll hit inside," said Mattingly.
Home Runs: Luis Cruz (1); Brandon Belt (3)