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LOD Daily Cactus Report 2/27/18

Here is a quick look at today’s Cactus League action.

Giants 14 Diamondbacks 12

The Headline: The Giants trailed 12-8 as this one went into the bottom of the ninth inning. They managed to get the bases loaded and push a couple of runs across to cut the deficit to two. That was until Kyle Jensen took to the plate and belted a walk-off grand slam to pretty much dead center.

Notable Hitter: Obviously… it’s Jensen. With that being said, three Giants homered today and Brandon Belt went 3/3 with a double.

Notable Pitcher: Not many in this one. Hunter Strickland and Sam Dyson did toss one hitless inning a piece.

Cubs 6 White Sox 5 

The Headline: The north side won the first 2018 battle of the windy city thanks to a four run first inning highlighted by an Ian Happ homer.

Notable Hitter: Happ went 2/3 on the day. On top of the homer, he added a double in the second inning.

Notable Pitcher: Carson Fulmer got roughed up early so Hector Santiago was called on to pitch longer than originally scheduled. He tossed three perfect innings and struck out four.

Brewers 6 Reds 3

The Headline: It seems as though every day we are talking about the Reds and their need of some reliability in their rotation. Anthony DeSclafani hopes to bring just that. He looked solid in his first spring start today.

Notable Hitter: Not a single player recorded multiple hits in this game, but veteran Eric Sogard did double home three runs in the fifth.

Notable Pitcher: Tyler Mahle, who you may know from throwing a perfect game in Double-A last season, tossed two perfect innings for the Reds while striking out three.

Indians 16 Athletics 8

The Headline: The two teams combined to score 18 runs in the second half of the game as the pitching depth was lacking in today’s contest. Corey Kluber got his first Spring start. He allowed one run, one hit, and one walk while striking out three over two innings.

Notable Hitter: Jason Kipnis went 3/3 on the day with two long balls and four RBI.

Notable Pitcher: 23 year old Cameron Hill tossed two shut out innings for the Indians while striking out two.

Royals 14 Mariners (SS) 9

The Headline: We had a lot of high scoring games today and while many of them were back loaded, the starting pitchers struggled in this one. Veteran Wily Peralta got the start for the Royals. It didn’t go well. Peralta gave up six runs, four earned, on four hits in one inning. His counterpart, Seattle’s Andrew Moore one up’d him. He gave up six runs, all of them earned, in 1.1 innings.

Notable Hitter: Jorge Soler, yes that Jorge Soler, hit a couple of two run dingers today.

Notable Pitcher: While the starting pitchers were certainly notable today, we like to focus on the positive here, regardless of how hard it may be to find in a game like this. Darin Gillies induced one groundout and two flyouts in a perfect eighth frame, so there’s that…

Padres 11 Mariners (SS) 6

The Headline: Eric Hosmer made his Spring debut in a Padres uniform. He went 1/3 with an RBI.

Notable Hitter: Jean Segura was 2/3 on the day, including a two run homer and three RBI.

Notable Pitcher: Oft-injured lefty James Paxton looked good in his first two Spring innings. He allowed one hit and one walk, but didn’t manage a strikeout. He faced just one hitter over the minimum after starting a nice double play.

Rangers 4 Dodgers 4

The Headline: This game was a tie, so I’m cheating. The news out of this one is that Tim Lincecum is now a Texas Ranger. Also, the Dodgers scored four runs in the final three innings, forcing us to write about a tie.

Notable Hitter: Joey Gallo and Rougned Odor both doubled in this one, but young Willie Calhoun managed a base hit and drew two walks.

Notable Pitcher: Lincecum. Just kidding. Both starters looked good today. Jesse Chavez tossed two hitless inning with two strikeouts and Kenta Maeda tossed the same with one K.

Angels 5 Rockies 2

The Headline: Shohei Ohtani went 0/3 with a strikeout one day after reaching base in all three plate appearances. I know that is a cheap headline, but I am just giving the people what they want.

Notable Hitter: Rene Rivera went 2/2 with a homer to dead center off of Jeff Hoffman and his new short haircut.

Notable Pitcher: There was only eight combined strikeouts in this entire game and Jake Jewell logged two of them while earning the save.

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