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Friday 18th Aug 2017

We were "lazin' on a sunny afternoon" in Glendale as the L.A. Dodgers hosted Team Mexico in an exhibition showdown/prelude to the World Baseball Classic earlier today.

The game indeed seemed lazy, as the Dodgers prevailed 10-2 in a contest that was never really contested.

L.A. jumped all over Mexico starter Dany Rodriguez, as Dee Gordon started the bottom half of the first with a bunt single (although a replay suggested Gordon was out). The Dodger shortstop then swiped second and moved to third when second sacker Walter Ibarra could not handle the throw from catcher Jose Felix (so close to Felix Jose, no?). Gordon scored on a Matt Kemp fielder's choice (Kemp was safe at first) and Kemp came home when Andre Ethier followed up with a home run to right center accounting for three runs, 

The Dodgers then punched another pair across in the second and really held things in check from there on out. Dodger starter Stephen Fife went four innings, allowing three hits and a run, including a Ramiro Pena home run, and the Dodger pen held Mexico in check thereafter.

Gordon outran a single into a double in the second, again stealing a base and scoring a second run on another Kemp fielder's choice. The shortstop also played solid defense, making a case for earning a roster spot, before giving way to Corey Seager in the fouth inning.

For the Dodgers, Brandon League pitched a strong shutout inning as did Kenley Jansen, who was effectively wild during his inning.

Aside from Pena--who had a pair of hits--Adrian Gonzalez went 0-for-2 as was fellow Dodger Luis Cruz.

Perhaps the best part of the game, however, was Karim Garcia playing right field, and the names Fernando Valenzuela, Teddy Higuera, and Sid Monge gracing the coaching staff.

 

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