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Brandon McCarthy stays grounded, Dodgers tie again

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- While the Dodgers tied for the fourth time in their last seven games on Friday night, a 3-3 draw with the Reds, the theme of the night was moving forward.

Brandon McCarthy was on point for a second consecutive start, getting seven of his nine outs on the ground. He allowed one run on three hits in his three innings, the damage done on a line drive double by Chris Dominguez that was scorched past Andre Ethier in right field in the second innings.

McCarthy had a walk and a strikeout in his three innings, and was efficient with just 41 pitches.

"I thought he was fine. It was moving on," manager Don Mattingly said. "With our starters I'm not really concerned about the results. It's more about getting ready for the season."

Joel Peralta made his Dodgers spring debut by pitching the third inning. He allowed a run on two hits of his own, the key blow a triple by Kyle Waldrop. Most importantly, Peralta's shoulder feels fine, and he'll likely pitch next on Monday, per Ken Gurnick of MLB.com.

"For him, just to continue the process," Mattingly said. "He was a little bit behind early, but I thought he looked sharp today."

The Dodgers tied their Los Angeles franchise spring record for ties with five in 2014. They now have four ties, with 24 games left to set, or tie, a new record.

Notes

Joc Pederson, who hit his first home run of the spring on Thursday, singled off Aroldis Chapman in the sixth inning, then stole his first base of the spring.

Corey Seager played the final three innings at shortstop, and is the only Dodgers player to play in 10 games in 10 days this spring. He also drove home the tying run in the ninth inning with a sacrifice fly.

Chris Hatcher pitched a scoreless fifth inning on Friday, his third scoreless outing of the spring.

"I think he's throwing the ball really well. He does a lot of things. You can see he's a strike-thrower. He handles himself on the mound, he's quick to first," Mattingly said. "He's got a pretty good mix."

Justin Turner took exception to a pitch up and in from Chapman in the sixth inning before ultimately striking out. Asked after the game what the issue was, Mattingly said, "I'm not sure. I'm not sure. But we'll keep an eye on it."

Up next

The Dodgers welcome the other Goodyear tenant to Camelback Ranch on Saturday afternoon, when the Indians come to town. Brett Anderson starts for Los Angeles, against Carlos Carrasco.