The Dodgers couldn’t take advantage of another strong Nate Eovaldi start in a 4-1 loss to the Giants before an announced crowd of 10,084 at Scottsdale Stadium. [box score]
Mark Ellis and James Loney — the only two expected opening-day starters in the lineup — each had two hits. Jerry Hairston Jr. and Josh Bard had the only other hits for the Dodgers off Giants starter Yusmeiro Petit and four relievers.
Eovaldi allowed three hits and two runs, both earned, the most runs he’s allowed in five spring starts. The right-hander struck out none, walked two, and saw his Cactus League earned-run average rise to 1.72.
“He continues to get more off-speed pitches,” manager Don Mattingly said. “He was using the curveball today more, using the changeup some.”
Loney tripled and doubled, giving him six extra-base hits among his 11 this spring. Loney has a .256 batting average and a .465 slugging percentage in 43 Cactus League at-bats.
Mattingly was critical of Mike MacDougal’s control after the reliever’s last outing, when he walked two and allowed two earned runs in 2/3 of an inning against Cleveland last Saturday. MacDougal didn’t walk anyone, allowed two hits, and escaped the seventh inning without allowing a run against the Giants. “Only time Mac gets in trouble really, or really gets hit, is when he gets behind in the count or walks too many guys where he has to throw strikes and we overuse him.”
There is no truth to the rumor that the Dodgers signed Kyle Smit to a minor-league deal. A 2006 Dodgers draft pick, Smit was traded to the Chicago Cubs in the 2010 season in the deal for Ted Lilly and Ryan Theriot. He was released March 7 by the Cubs. A Dodgers spokesperson said that Smit had “physical issues.”
The team announced that its home opener, April 10 against the Pittsburgh Pirates, is sold out. A limited number of seats are available through the purchase of Full Season, 25-game Pick ‘Em and 15-game Mini Plan packages.
Dodgers radio broadcaster Charley Steiner will deliver the opening keynote address tomorrow night at the Fifth Summit on Communication and Sport hosted by his alma mater, Bradley University.
Broadcasters Jaime Jarrin and Vin Scully will be at the Beverly Center today for a special luncheon honoring Jarrin, who will share his memories of Dodger Stadium.