CHICAGO — The Dodgers won a challenge in the second inning of Tuesday’s game against the Chicago Cubs when video review was used to determine that a fan interfered with first baseman Adrian Gonzalez.
Here’s how he did it:
The fan received a momentary standing ovation when a clip of the catch was replayed over and over on the video boards at Wrigley Field. The batter, Cubs pitcher Jason Hammel, was declared out after the challenge and subsequent review.
Update (6 p.m.): The fan, identified as Keith Hartley of Chicago, was allowed to remain in his seat. So was his baby.
CHICAGO >> It’s probably intellectually lazy on my part to write the same story every day, but … the Dodgers hit two home runs and allowed three Monday, neither team’s offense showed up otherwise, and the Cubs won 4-2.
What distinguished this game from all the others before it: the floodlights went out for a time over Wrigley Field, the game ended under protest (which I assume Joe Maddon has already dropped), and the sunset created a creepy yellow-orange-brown hue. This color is not listed in the box score.
Since this didn’t make my game story, here’s what crew chief Jerry Meals told a pool reporter about the 10-minute visibility delay: “We felt that we would be able to continue playing, that it was sufficient lighting,” Meals said. “Out of the six banks, none were out. There was scattered lights out, and the information I got from Roger with the Cubs (groundskeeper Roger Baird) was that the lights are going to come on slowly, sporadically, one at a time here or there. Once they warm up, they’ll continue coming on and probably within 15 minutes they’d all be on.”
Prior to the game, Joel Peralta reflected on his road back from a potential career-ending injury.
CHICAGO >> Two vaguely familiar uniforms are hanging in the postage stamp of a visitors’ clubhouse at Wrigley Field. One (#63) belonged to Joel Peralta. The other (58) belonged to Ian Thomas.
The Dodgers optioned relief pitchers Daniel Coulombe and Matt West to Triple-A Oklahoma City and activated Peralta from the disabled list. Peralta spoke at length Monday about the physical and emotional journey he endured while recovering from a pinched nerve that was affecting his right triceps. Peralta has missed the 53 games and said there was no guarantee he would return at all. More from him in a future blog entry.
The more intriguing case is that of Thomas, who was officially recalled about 20 minutes before the anticipated 7:05 p.m. (CT) start time. A team spokesperson said that Thomas was delayed en route to Chicago from Oklahoma City, where the Dodgers’ top farm team is in the middle of a seven-game homestand.
The least important thing the Dodgers did today was lose a baseball game.
They did play, and they did lose, so we’re obligated to report that the score was 2-1 in favor of the Chicago White Sox. Chris Heisey hit a home run. In fact, Heisey has a hit in three of his last four games — homer, double, single. That would seem more impressive if his streak was not preceded by an 0-for-14 stretch. Heisey is batting .111 in Cactus League play; he talked about his slow start here.
Today’s highlight came in the second inning when Andre Ethier was hit by a pitch on his right elbow. Check it out:
Joe Wieland has appeared in four Cactus League games for the Dodgers and has allowed only two runs (one earned) in nine innings. (Getty Images)
The Dodgers get to play the Chicago White Sox a lot in March because they share the same training facility. Then, the teams never play each other again the rest of the year. It’s a strange rite of spring.
So, try to enjoy this last White Sox-Dodgers tilt. Joe Wieland starts for the Dodgers; it could be an important one as the Dodgers determine who will replace Hyun-Jin Ryu when his turn comes up in the rotation in April.
Here are the lineups for both teams: