Ted Lilly allowed five runs in two innings in his spring debut, and the Dodgers could never catch up in an 8-4 loss to the Giants at Camelback Ranch, their first loss of the spring. [Box score]
Andre Ethier hit his first Cactus League home run, one of nine hits by nine different Dodgers.
Lilly allowed a home run to the first batter of the game, Melky Cabrera, who belted a 3-2 fastball out of the park to left field. The next batter, Emmanuel Burriss, doubled. Brett Pill followed that with another home run off a 2-2 fastball to left-center field.
The Giants increased their lead to 5-0 off a pair of runs in the second inning, thanks to a pair of doubles, a single and a wild pitch.
“It’s spring training but you’re still looking for results,” Lilly said. “I was going into the game with a plan of really just trying to execute fastballs, my fastball to both side of the plate. I didn’t intend to throw too many breaking balls, but when you’re not executing with location, for me, it puts me in a position where I have to throw more breaking balls. I threw more than I wanted to.”
Jamey Wright, Ramon Troncoso (on another Cabrera homer) and Matt Chico each allowed a run in their lone inning out of the bullpen. Josh Lindblom, Michael Antonini and Josh Wall did not.
A few more notes that won’t make tomorrow’s editions:
Lilly, who arrived in camp with a bruised right eye — the result, he said, of being elbowed in the eye by his brother during a pickup basketball game –said the injury did not affect his pitching today.
Ethier, Matt Kemp, Dee Gordon, Juan Rivera, Juan Uribe and Mark Ellis are not slated to make the trip to Phoenix tomorrow for the Dodgers’ game against the Oakland A’s, their first away from Camelback. Here’s who will go: Catchers – Ellis, Federowicz, Wallach, Erickson; infielders – DeJesus, Hairston, Kennedy, Loney, Mitchell, Sellers, Baisley, Cruz, Fields, Zawadzki; outfielders – Angle, Castellanos, Gwynn, Oeltjen, Sands, Sullivan, Van Slyke; pitchers – Elbert, Castillo, Guerra, Harang (starter), Jansen, Savage, Withrow.
Don Mattingly said that Aaron Harang’s workouts have increased in recent days as he recovers from an off-season foot injury. “He hasn’t done any side to side or lateral. You gotta be able to get to first, do all that. Those are the movements we added in yesterday. He’ll do a little bit more today. It’s never been a problem with throwing. Bullpen’s never been an issue. It’s just a matter of is he going to be able to move when he gets out there.”
Scott Van Slyke, a day after hitting a no-doubt home run, finished 0-for-2 and grounded into a double play. Hero one day, goat the next: If nothing else, it’s good training for the regular season. “We’ll continue to see him in different spots in the outfield, pretty much right or left,” Mattingly said. “Get some at-bats, get some experience. …It’s a good chance for him to show what he can do.”