The Dodgers salvaged a point in the standings before an announced crowd of 13,655 — a Cactus League record — at Camelback Ranch. [box score]
Dodgers right-hander Aaron Harang pitched four interesting innings; the stage was set when a whipping wind blowing out to left field picked up prior to the game. Brandon Belt benefited when his fly ball to left turned into a two-run homer that gave the Giants a quick 2-0 lead in the first inning.
But those were the only runs Harang allowed, thanks in part to a first-inning double play started by Justin Sellers at third base. Harang walked none, struck out four, and allowed seven hits in his third appearance of the spring.
The Dodgers got a run back in the bottom of the first. Sellers led off with a double and came around to score on a single by Juan Rivera. That was the only run the Dodgers’ lineup — counting only Rivera, Matt Kemp, James Loney among the projected opening-day starters — could produce against journeyman left-hander Brian Burres in three innings.
That accounted for all the scoring which, naturally, barely accounted for the story in the Dodgers’ third tie game of the Cactus League (8-4-3).
Ivan DeJesus Jr. left the game in the seventh inning midway through his third plate appearance. While fouling off a 3-2 pitch, DeJesus pulled his left oblique muscle; after the game he said he felt discomfort on his first swing of the at-bat as well. Although DeJesus reported only “tightness,” he’ll undergo an MRI on Monday to learn the full extent of the injury.
“We’ll see how it feels tomorrow,” he said.
Of course, the Dodgers may not play at all tomorrow with the local forecast calling for rain all over the greater Phoenix area. One game, between the Padres and Rockies in Tucson, has already been rescheduled for next Thursday.
“What we’ve heard is that we’ll be able to play,” manager Don Mattingly said. “If we can’t play, we’ll hit in the cages, work out … and if we can’t hit outside we’ll hit inside.”
Another weather thing: Because of the wind, the postgame fireworks display was canceled. No riots ensued.