With the Dodgers playing the first of two split-squad games Saturday, starter Nate Eovaldi tossed three scoreless innings and Matt Treanor hit his first home run of the season before an announced crowd of 8,507 at the Peoria Sports Complex. [box score]
After the Dodgers took a 2-0 lead on Treanor’s home run and an RBI groundout by Juan Uribe, the Mariners rallied for five runs off relievers Jamey Wright and Ronald Belisario. Wright gave up a long home run to Kyle Seager in two innings, and Belisario coughed up three hits, one walk, and four runs — three earned –in his lone inning of work.
The Dodgers rallied with three runs in the eighth inning off Seattle reliever Jeff Marquez.
Josh Fields finished 2-for-4 with two RBIs, maintaining his lofty spring average at .636 (7 for 11). Trent Oeltjen went 1-for-4 and scored a pair of runs, and six other Dodgers collected one hit apiece. James Loney’s fourth-inning double was his first extra-base hit in eight spring at-bats.
RF Andre Ethier was a late lineup scratch with “mid-back” stiffness.
The Dodgers moved to 3-1-2, having already tied the A’s 3-3 on Wednesday.
Three only-in-spring-training plays:
1. With Justin Sellers on first base and two outs in the Dodgers’ half of the third inning, Mark Ellis connected on a ball that smacked Sellers on the right side of his chin. Adding insult to injury, Sellers was out and the inning was over. After half an inning in the field, Sellers’ day was over too — he reported experiencing headaches and was taken back to Camelback Ranch as a precaution.
2. With two outs and a runner on first base in the Mariners’ half of the fifth inning, Casper Wells lined a single to right field. Trent Oeltjen couldn’t come up with the catch but Wells mistakenly passed the runner, Michael Saunders, and was immediately called out. Oeltjen’s throw went to first baseman James Loney as Saunders took off for second base. The shortstop, Luis Cruz, didn’t realize that Wells was out and tagged second base with his foot thinking a force play was in effect. It wasn’t, but Saunders took a couple steps off the bag, Cruz tagged him out, and the inning was over.
3. In the bottom of the sixth inning, Ronald Belisario came out to pitch but was pulled aside by home-plate umpire Tyler Funneman before he could throw his first pitch. After a brief discussion, the bare-armed Belisario was putting on a pair of blue arm-length sleeves. The reason? Belisario was asked to remove a yellow bracelet on his left wrist but, he said, “I couldn’t take it off. It’s my religion.” The Venezuelan pitcher practices Santeria, which he said requires him to wear the bracelet — called an ilde — all day. “Next time,” he said, “I’ll be prepared.”
On that note, enjoy: