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A Brief Cactus League Stop – March 6

My choice for my final Grapefruit League action of this spring was to scope out two National League West Division powers as the Los Angeles Dodgers visited the San Francisco Giants at Scottsdale Stadium on Sunday. The sell-out crowd was reported at 12,127.

As the photo indicates, Tommy Lasorda was in the house. When I decided to sit behind home plate for several innings, there was a problem since the ballpark was completely sold out and more. A local writer correctly suggested there would be extra folding chairs in the various handicap-accessible sections. As I settled in, the Hall of Famer was sitting one box over.

Former Cub and new Giant Jeff Samardzija started. Though he fanned the side in the first and faced the minimum through two, “Shark” allowed four hits and a run in the third, his final frame. Outfielder Carl Crawford collected the RBI on a single.

The Dodgers’ number three hitter, Yasiel Puig, drew loud boos at every at-bat. The right fielder struck out and singled on the afternoon.

LA starter Zach Lee tossed two scoreless frames before reliever Adam Liberatore yielded a run in the third on a wild pitch.

Giants pitcher Clayton Blackburn yielded an RBI triple to Crawford in the fifth to put the Dodgers back in the lead, 2-1. Puig’s sac fly brought Crawford home.

Dodgers centerfielder Joc Pederson fanned his three at-bats, fooled badly on several off-speed offerings.

Brandon Crawford greeted Dodgers reliever Matt West with a first-pitch blast out to right field in the home sixth. That brought San Francisco back to within one run, but that was as close as they could get. Los Angeles added two late runs to pick up the road win, 5-2.

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12 Responses to “A Brief Cactus League Stop – March 6”

  1. JumboShrimp says:

    Title trumps first sentence.

  2. JumboShrimp says:

    In the wake of the injury to peralta, we seldom hear mention of Dean Anna.

    • JumboShrimp says:

      Dean is off to a great start, OPS of 1200. He is already on the 40 man roster. He is experienced at backfilling, having replaced Jeter in New York. And yet, dean can’t earn a so much as a peep out from Post Dispatch scribes.

      • JumboShrimp says:

        Johnny aPeralta is no Jerter. No problem for dean Anna to fill johnnys shoes.

      • JumboShrimp says:

        There is an underlying point. Why did the Cards keep dean Anna on the 40 man, when he does not even rate a mention after Peralta is wounded?
        perhaps the team would have lost control of Anna, had he been bumped off the 40 man last fall. He has some value as a AAAA type, though such players are disdained by some reporters and fans. We apparently preferred the insurance policy of Anna during 2016 over the 2018 and beyond potential of RHP Luis Polonia.

        • Brian Walton says:

          Perdomo, not Polonia. The Cards likely fell Perdomo will not be able to stick this spring and will be returned.

          I agree the love of Anna seems odd, especially since he seems a 2B-utility type at this stage. He has played the majority of his games at shortstop in just one season since 2009.

          • JumboShrimp says:

            There is plenty of spin floating around. The cards likely have reasons to encourage this for the time being.
            The Padres drafted Gyorko and know him best. They gave him a 28 ggame tryout at SS late last year. Clearly they were dissatisfied, trading gyorko and signing post peak alexi Ramirez.
            But right now, it behooves the cards for gyorko to get mentioned as the backfill. This keeps pressure off Diaz. They can say Gyorko and Garcia can platoon to start the season.

            • JumboShrimp says:

              If gyorko and Garcia platoon, Diaz and Wilson can start at Memphis, with mejia and Anna off the bench. Dean Anna is our foundation stone upon which everything depends!

            • Brian Walton says:

              Rather than throw words like “spin” around, here is a homework assignment for you. Tell me what percent of Class-A pitchers selected in the MLB phase of Rule 5 stick with their new club for the entire season. Then we will have facts to discuss.

              My guess is the reasons the Padres traded Gyorko had far more to do with unloading his weighty contract than his defense at shortstop.

              • JumboShrimp says:

                My point is not to second guess polonia or Perdomo, but to note the valuation of Anna.
                That Anna has played a lot at 2b may only owe to giving development priority to others. Anna has present value because he can play SS. He is the backup to Garcia. The team values middle infield depth. This is the inference of protecting Anna over various alternatives.

                • JumboShrimp says:

                  Another possible inference of Anna’s inclusion on the roster is the importance of on base percentage. If wisdom or Wilson put up higher Aaa averages in 2016, then one could become favored over Anna this fall. But for now, Anna’s defense at SS and higher batting average made him preferred for the 40 man.

  3. JumboShrimp says:

    So I liked the dinger by big Matt off a southpaw. Instead of getting freaked out by a shift, he just went with the pitch, all the way. Moss couldn’t do that in 100 years.
    He needs to stick with the improved diet for a year, but he is looking a bit better.

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