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