While we are still 16 days away from Dodgers pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training at Camelback Ranch, and 29 days from the club's first Cactus League game, there is live baseball happening this week to help stem the tide in the interim.
Dodgers utility man Enrique Hernandez hit a home run for Puerto Rico on Tuesday night, but his team fell to Mexico 3-2 in the 2015 Caribbean Series at Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Hernandez went 2-for-4 and his sixth-inning solo home run off Juan Delgadillo tied the score at 2-2 (roughly the 22-second mark here):
One inning later, Mexico scored the eventual winning run on a sacrifice fly, improving to 2-0 in the round robin tournament. Puerto Rico fell to 0-2 in the five-team tournament, which concludes with semifinals on Saturday and the championship game Sunday.
Hernandez, who started games at second base, third base, shortstop, left field, center field and right field in 2014, played second base for Puerto Rico on Tuesday. He didn't play in Monday's game, but did make it back to join his team after taking part in Dodgers FanFest on Saturday in addition to community caravan events earlier in the week in Los Angeles.
The only other Dodgers players in the tournament is catcher Ali Solis, inked to a minor league deal with a non-roster invitation to big league camp; and pitcher Robert Carson, who had his invitation to spring training revoked after the announcement of his 50-game suspension for a drug of abuse.
Solis 0-for-2 for Mexico on Tuesday, but his sacrifice bunt in the seventh inning moved runners to second and third base, setting up the game-winning sacrifice fly. Solis is 0-for-5 in two games so far in the tournament.
Carson allowed one run in his one inning of work for the Dominican Republic in a 6-1 victory over Cuba earlier on Tuesday.
Former Dodgers pitcher Andres Santiago, who pitched a no-hitter in his final regular season start for Double-A Chattanooga in 2014 and is now with the Cubs on the minor league deal, pitched two scoreless innings for Puerto Rico, though he allowed an inherited run to score that ended up deciding the game.
The Caribbean Series games are televised by ESPN Deportes, and available online at Watch ESPN. Here are the remaining scheduled games (all times PT):
9 a.m. - Dominican Republic vs. Venezuela
3:30 p.m. - Puerto Rico vs. Cuba
9 a.m. - Venezuela vs. Mexico
3:30 p.m. - Mexico vs. Dominican Republic
9 a.m. - Mexico vs. Venezuela
3:30 p.m. - Dominican Republic vs. Puerto Rico
9 a.m. - Semifinal 1
3:30 p.m. - Semifinal 2
3:30 p.m. - Championship game