The Dodgers Finishes Spring With a win

Tuesday, March 30, 2021
Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2021

On a beautiful Tuesday evening at Dodger Stadium, the Los Angeles Dodgers concluded spring training with a 6-to-4 win over the Angels.

Unlike most spring trainings, the Dodgers did not sustain a major injury. Yes, with undisclosed injuries, Joe Kelly and Brusdar Graterol will begin the season on the IL. Other than that, the Dodgers head into the regular season healthy, and this is a huge benefit to the team as they try to become the first team since the 1999 New York Yankees to repeat as world championship.

Tuesday Dustin May who earned the fifth spot in the Dodger starting rotation, pitched well for 5.1 innings allowing a mere run. While he exhibited an excellent two-seam fastball (sinker), he had fabulous control. During this spring, his breaking pitches have improved. Although Tony Gonsolin, David Price, and Jimmy Nelson have had good springs, also, the Dodgers feel May is a good young starter who does not have the same flexibility as other potential starters in the bullpen.

Zack McKinstry has made the first Opening Day roster during his career. He is a left-handed utility fielder, and the Dodgers hope he can fill the vacated shoes by Kiké Hernàndez who went to the Boston Red Sox as a free agent. McKinstry joins Austin Barnes, Chris Taylor, Edwin Rìos, and Matt Beaty on the Dodger bench.

Mookie Betts blasted his first two home runs of the spring. Cody Bellinger and Will Smith also homered.

Until the ninth inning, the Dodgers looked ready for the season. A Minor-League pitcher struggled.

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