Sands’ single was just his sixth hit in 38 Cactus League at-bats, and it came at a critical time as the roster is trimmed in advance of opening day.
“I’ve been feeling pretty brutal just trying to work on some things,” Sands said. “Changes here and there, just trying to get comfortable now after making some changes, all kinds of stuff. Just trying to get rhythm and timing after making changes is the hardest thing.
With two strikes against him, Sands lined a single into left field that Kosuke Fukudome could not field cleanly, allowing Herrera to score easily from second base. It was only the sixth hit by the Dodgers all afternoon, as starter Chad Billingsley allowed 11 hits in his 5 2/3 innings of work.
All of those hits were singles, however, and Chicago left nine runners on base. Billingsley also walked two and struck out five.
Dee Gordon stole two bases, giving him a major league-leading 10 this spring. Andre Ethier‘s fifth-inning double was his eighth, tying him for the major league lead with a pair of luminaries, Lorenzo Cain and Matt Carpenter.
A few more notes:
Mark Ellis reported dizziness in the morning and was a late lineup scratch. Jerry Hairston Jr. played second and batted second in his stead, going 1-for-3. Manager Don Mattingly said he expects Ellis to play Tuesday against the San Diego Padres.
Ted Lilly played long toss Monday but will not start Tuesday due to a stiff neck. Tuesday’s pitching order has not been determined, but it is expected to consist entirely of relief pitchers.
Justin Sellers said the rash that broke out Saturday on his upper left thigh is “90 percent gone.” He played one inning at shortstop Monday.
Matt Guerrier, who hasn’t pitched since March 11 due to a stiff back, threw an inning on the minor-league side against the Cincinnati Reds.
Special assistant Jose Vizcaino turned 44 today.
Herrera was up from the Dodgers’ minor-league side for the game and pinch running for Josh Fields. The 27-year-old stole 33 bases last season at Double-A Chattanooga.