Zach Lee and Ross Stripling each had solid outings in the Dodgers' 5-2 win over the Giants on Sunday in Scottsdale, continuing the solid first time through the rotation for Los Angeles starting pitchers.
Lee allowed a single to Gregor Blanco to open the game, then Joe Panik reached on a drop by left fielder Carl Crawford, but then retired six straight batters, including one strikeout.
In the second inning, all three outs involved shortstop Kiké Hernandez, who didn't go unnoticed by Lee.
Zach Lee joked with @kikehndez after his outing: "I'm glad I could get you some work". 2nd inning: 6-3; L6; 6-3.— Alanna Rizzo (@alannarizzo) March 6, 2016
The fourth and fifth innings belonged to Ross Stripling, now fully healthy after Tommy John surgery two springs ago. Stripling allowed a walk, a single and hit a batter, but he also struck out one and got a crucial double play to squash a rally in the fifth.
Through four Cactus League games, the Dodgers have seen nine starting pitchers (Clayton Kershaw, Scott Kazmir, Kenta Maeda, Lee, Mike Bolsinger, Jose De Leon, Stripling, Jharel Cotton and Chris Anderson) each throw two innings in their first appearance, allowing a total of two runs (both by Kazmir) on 15 hits with four walks and 17 strikeouts in 18 innings.
Note: I didn't count Chase De Jong, who also threw two scoreless innings but who has yet to pitch past Class-A, nor did I count Carlos Frias, who will be used in relief for now.
The Dodgers are back at Camelback Ranch on Monday afternoon against the Indians, with Alex Wood starting for the Dodgers and Danny Salazar for Cleveland.
The game will not be televised nor on radio, though subscribers of MLB Gameday Audio will be able to hear an alternate "MLB.com" radio call of the game.