Brad Davis’ walk-off double against Francisco Felix –a call-up from the Dodgers’ minor-league camp –scored Beamer Weems and Daniel Robertson and lifted the San Diego Padres to a 6-5 win in the bottom of the ninth inning before an announced crowd of 4,740 at Peoria Sports Complex. [box score]
If those names sound obscure, it’s because they are. The game featured plenty of minor-leaguers on both sides, including six for the Dodgers as a number of regulars got the day off. That included third baseman Juan Uribe, who became a late lineup scratch after a bunted ball hit him in the groin during a practice Tuesday morning.
Juan Rivera hit his team-leading fourth Cactus League home run, a solo shot in the fourth inning off Padres starter Casey Kelly. The Dodgers totaled 15 hits, including three from Rivera, two from A.J. Ellis, Dee Gordon and Andre Ethier.
All of the Dodgers’ projected starters got a day off, and no pitcher –including starter Jamey Wright — pitched more than an inning. Of those, only Wright (1) Ronald Belisario (2), Angel Sanchez (1) and Felix (2) allowed runs.
A few more notes:
Mattingly, asked point-blank why Ronald Belisario was still getting innings when he won’t be on the team to start the season: “He’s not taking innings away from any of our guys we’re trying to get ready, let’s put it that way.”
Jerry Hairston Jr. will play left field tomorrow against the Giants and Josh Fields might get “an inning or two” in the outfield, Mattingly said. For the most part, both players have been used defensively in the infield during Cactus League play.
Mattingly said the team isn’t talking about signing his son, Preston, who was cut by the Yankees. “I haven’t talked to him much. I’ve talked to him, but …I don’t know what he wants to do. I didn’t feel like it was the time to ask.” Preston Mattingly was a first-round draft pick by the Dodgers in 2006.
Dee Gordon was caught stealing for just the second time this spring. His 2-for-4 day raised his spring batting average to .417, a few points behind Ethier (.421) for the team lead among regulars.