Tuesday, March 6, 2012

The good, bad and ugly from the Dodgers' first Spring Training game

Baseball is back. Officially.

The Dodgers opened the 2012 Spring Training schedule on Monday against fellow Camelback Ranch resident -- the Chicago White Sox -- and defeated them 6-4.

While it's easy to over analyze just one Spring Training game, I'm just going to point out the good, bad and ugly from the first game.

Good

Chad Billingsley
- His debut was solid, posting two scoreless innings, allowing one hit in the process. He didn't walk anyone, but he also didn't strike out anyone.

Andre Ethier
- He got the Dodgers' first hit of Spring Training -- a double -- and scored the first run for the Dodgers.

Josh Fields
- He went 2-for-2 against his former team.

The sixth inning
- The Dodgers strung together a few extra base hits -- a Justin Sellers RBI double, Ivan De Jesus RBI triple and...

Scott Van Slyke
- He hit a booming home run to left field in the sixth inning. Here's hoping he's just a late-bloomer, but it'd be wise to temper expectations right now.

The bad

The top three
- Dee Gordon, Mark Ellis and Matt Kemp combined to go 0-for-6 in their spring debuts.

Nathan Eovaldi (sort of)
- Eovaldi allowed four baserunners in 1 2/3 innings (two walks, two hits) and a run, but he also struck out three in the process.

The ugly

Ryan Tucker
- Tucker gave up a home run to a guy who hit .119 (not a typo) last season in Dan Johnson. Tucker has a live arm, but there's a reason the Marlins and Rangers gave up on the former top prospect.

Over analyzing complete. We now return you to regular programming.

Photo credit: SD Dirk (Flickr)

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