GLENDALE, Ariz. — A 0-0 pitchers’ duel through six innings turned in the Dodgers’ favor on a two-run home run in the seventh inning by Joc Pederson. Pederson ripped into a 2-2 pitch from Jake Petricka, showing some impressive opposite-field power in lifting the ball high over the left-field fence.
The Dodgers tacked on three more runs in the eighth inning. Dee Gordon walked and stole second base, then scored on an RBI double by Mike Baxter. Clint Robinson followed with a two-run home run that provided the final score.
Hyun-Jin Ryu, making his first Cactus League start of 2014, did not allow a run in two innings. Brian Wilson, Kenley Jansen, Chris Perez, J.P. Howell, Jamey Wright and Matt Magill finished the game with seven shutout innings. The White Sox were limited to three hits and three walks.
The box score is here. Some more notes:
• Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said that Zack Greinke won’t throw his normal bullpen session tomorrow. Greinke played catch on flat ground earlier in the day with Dodgers head athletic trainer Stan Conte, but his strained right calf apparently is still bothering him. “If he felt totally comfortable he’d throw his ‘pen tomorrow,” Mattingly said. The manager all but ruled out Greinke from making his previously scheduled start Tuesday against the Seattle Mariners, but didn’t rule him out from pitching in Australia.
• Ryu said that “overall I was pretty satisfied with my performance. I was more satisfied that I didn’t give up any bases on balls. I was able to command my pitches. I was satisfied that everything went smoothly.”
• Infielder Miguel Rojas was forced to leave the game after fouling a ball off his left knee in the seventh inning.
• Pederson’s home run was his first hit of the spring. It came on a fastball.