SCOTTSDALE — Julio Urias struck out two in his one inning of work on Tuesday, though that was a relative pebble of sand in a beach full of spring training baseball. The Dodgers slugged three home runs in a 14-3 win over the Rockies at Salt River Fields.
The three-hour, 24-minute contest followed a 20-minute rain delay, but the festivities began with Urias making his 2017 spring debut on the mound. He allowed two singles and a run in his one inning of work, and struck out Carlos Gonzalez looking and Ian Desmond swinging.
Urias threw 14 pitches, 11 for strikes, then headed to the bullpen for another simulated inning of work to finish his day.
The Dodgers scored in six of their first seven innings, including a three-run second and a five-run fifth. They got home runs from Henry Ramos, Andre Ethier and O`Koyea Dickson. For Ethier it was in his first game back at the ballpark where he fouled a ball off his right leg that fractured his tibia last year, and nearly wiped out his entire 2016 season.
Ethier he had no apprehension coming back to where he broke his leg "Worst part of that day was figuring how to get from dugout to CF exit."— David Vassegh (@THEREAL_DV) February 28, 2017
Yaisel Sierra was impressive in his spring debut, throwing two scoreless innings, walking two while striking out three. Seven of his 30 pitches were at least 95 mph per Gameday, topping out at 96.9 mph.
There was a change in the Dodgers clubhouse on Tuesday morning, with a pool table in the middle of the south side of the room, in the place of where the ping pong table usually is.
The billiards barter was the work of first baseman Adrian Gonzalez:
Reporters joked with manager Dave Roberts that ace Clayton Kershaw, organizer of the annual club ping pong tournament, would be peeved at the recreational switch, though Roberts parlayed into a positive.
"When he has an edge, you get the best Clayton,” Roberts quipped
The Dodgers are back in Scottsdale on Wednesday, this time for a night game against the Giants. This one, a 5:05 p.m. PT start, will be televised by SportsNet LA, with Joe Davis and Orel Hershiser calling their first game of the spring.
Scott Kazmir starts for the Dodgers on the mound. Cody Bellinger didn’t play on Monday, but Roberts said Bellinger would start on Wednesday night.