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LOD Daily Cactus Report 2/23/18

Cactus League Opening Day, if you will, is here! No speculation in today’s article, let’s get right down to business and talk about real life, competitive (kind of) baseball!

Brewers (SS) 2 Cubs 1

The Headline: The Brewers had a fierce outfield trio at the top their lineup including key acquisition Christian Yelich. Yelich got the start in left and went 1/3 on the afternoon. Keon Broxton was in center with Domingo Santana in right for this half of the the Brew Crew’s split squad.

Notable Hitter: Veteran Eric Sogard tripled in both of the Brewers runs in the bottom of the 4th.

Notable Pitcher: Corbin Burnes tossed a perfect inning. He struck out two and was credited with the win.

Brewers (SS) 6 Giants 5

The Headline: The Brewers went 2-0 on the day with two one run victories. The win against the Giants was a comeback fueled by some late inning offense. Jon Perrin of the Brewers allowed four runs on five hits in the second frame, but the staff combined to only allow one run on a Pablo Sandoval homer over the other 8 and 1/3 innings.

Notable Hitter: First round pick Keston Hiura was slotted in at DH. He went 2/3 with an RBI and a walk. It was a solid first Spring impression for the highly rated prospect.

Notable Pitcher: Five Brewers pitchers logged at least two strike outs, including Tristan Archer who tossed a perfect eighth and got the win.

Dodgers 13 White Sox 5

The Headline: The Dodgers scored early and often in this one. Justin Turner, Enrique Hernandez, Matt Kemp, and Logan Forsythe all homered on the afternoon.

Notable Hitter: Kemp has been the butt of many jokes this offseason, but he had a good day at the plate. The left fielder logged two hits, including the aforementioned homer, and three RBI.

Notable Pitcher: Edward Paredes faced three hitters in the eighth… and logged three strikeouts. The Dodgers also let Wilmer Font go two innings in his first Spring start.

Reds 6 Indians 4

The Headline: The Reds weren’t shy with Sal Romano in their Cactus League opener. The promising young right hander was sidelined with a shoulder injury in 2017, but that didn’t stop the Reds from letting him toss a couple frames. Yonder Alonso took him deep in the second, but overall Romano had a solid performance.

Notable Hitter: Tucker Barnhart launched a two run homer and drew a walk in the contest.

Notable Pitcher: Tyler Mahle, who burst onto the scene after his perfect game for Pensacola in 2017, threw two scoreless frames of his own. He allowed one hit, issued one walk, and struck out two.

Athletics 9 Angels 8

The Headline: Please, forgive me for my bias. The headline from this game is that there was no Shohei Ohtani cameo. Despite the fact that I was hunched over my laptop in hopes that the two-way sensation would get at least an at bat, it never happened. Check back tomorrow folks. SPOILER ALERT: he is starting on the mound.

Notable Hitter: While none of the Angels big names took to the field in Friday’s opener, a name Oakland fans will be seeing a lot in 2018 went yard early. Georgia native Matt Olson took Nick Tropeano deep for a two run shot in the first.

Notable Pitcher: Parker Bridwell had a nice outing as he tossed two innings of one hit ball. Bridwell found his way into the Angels starting rotation last season and is fighting to get a spot on the opening day roster in 2018.

Diamondbacks 7 Rockies 6 F/10

The Headline: Keeping up with the theme of the one run game in Cactus League openers, this one actually went to extra innings. The D-Backs scored six runs in the last four innings to pull out the win.

Notable Hitter: Michael Perez hit a three run homer for the D-Backs and drew a walk.

Notable Pitcher: Michael Blazek and Adam Ottavino were the only two pitchers to toss 1,2,3 innings on the day.

Mariners 3 Padres 2

The Headline: Some Mariners regulars showed up today in the top third of the lineup; Dee Gordon, Jean Segura, and Kyle Seager led off the game with a double, single, and another double.

Notable Hitter: Highly touted Sand Diego prospect, Fernando Tatis Jr, homered in the eighth inning.

Notable Pitcher: Dan Altavilla logged the save and struck out all three of the batters he faced in his perfect inning.


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