Chris Reed and Dan Haren threw two shutout innings, and the Dodgers’ second spring intrasquad game in as many days ended in a 0-0 tie. Paco Rodriguez and Jamey Wright each threw one inning to complete three-inning scrimmage.
Reed allowed a line-drive single to Joc Pederson on his second pitch, then got the better of Carl Crawford and Yasiel Puig to end the inning. Crawford was jammed on a four-seam fastball and grounded into a 4-6-3 double play, ably turned by Dee Gordon to Chone Figgins to Adrian Gonzalez. Puig struck out swinging on a changeup. “It’s my out pitch,” the left-hander said.
In the second inning, Reed struck out Scott Van Slyke then got A.J. Ellis to fly out in shallow right field. The 23-year-old from Reseda has never pitched above Double-A, but wasn’t ready to bask in his modest achievements.
“I got a taste of it last year in split-squad games,” Reed said, “but anytime you’re out there for the first time in spring it’s big.”
Reed believes he still has some fine-tuning to achieve by the end of spring and is glad he’ll have time to do it.
Haren said the same thing.
“I felt pretty smooth in my mechanics,” Haren said. “The second inning was definitely harder, just because of the sitting down and getting up. That’s the first time I’ve done that. That was a little tough to get used to, but it was good to have that coming into the first (Cactus League) game.”
Some more notes:
• Chone Figgins and Griff Erickson drew walks in the third inning against Rodriguez.
• Gonzalez was picked off second base on an excellent throw by catcher Drew Butera.
• The unofficial pitch count for Gordon’s first at-bat against Haren: 12. It was long. Gordon struck out on his final swing.
• Alex Guerrero struck out against Wright in his only at-bat.
• The only extra-base hit was a double to the right-field corner by J.C. Boscan against Wright.