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Takeaways from Dodgers’ exhibition opener

The offense was clicking

Arizona Diamondback v Los Angeles Dodgers Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

It’s almost time for some real baseball, and on Sunday night we got a small taste of it. Yes, I know it was only an exhibition game, but man did it feel good seeing the Dodgers playing a game against an actual opponent.

The results mean absolutely nothing, but hey, a win is a win! Here are some takeaways from the Dodgers’ victory last night.

Mitch White settles in

A few years ago, Mitch White was one of the top pitching prospects in the Dodgers’ organization. He’s still considered to be one of the better pitching prospects, but injuries have really hurt White over the last few years.

He’s on the 40-man roster entering 2020 and had a great final outing of summer camp. After allowing a home run early on, he retired the final 14 batters he faced. His final stat line was:

5 IP, 1 ER, 1 H, 2 SO, 0 BB

He’ll likely begin the year at the Dodgers’ alternate training site, but there’s a solid chance we’ll see him in the big leagues sometime in 2020.

Cody Bellinger’s swing will be just fine

Last week Cody Bellinger talked about how he tweaked his swing this offseason due to his “struggles” in the second half of last season. He received some backlash, but he put the negativity to rest, as he looked just fine at the plate.

He went 3-for-4 with five RBI. Four of those came courtesy of one swing in the first inning, as Bellinger connected for a grand slam.

Other news

  • Austin Barnes was hit on the hand by a pitch and was replaced by Rocky Gale. The x-rays came back negative.
  • A.J. Ramos, who was signed last week by the Dodgers, faced only one hitter. He struck him out, and gave us this filthy pitch