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By Jon Weisman
Seth Rosin, who needs to stay on the Major League roster all season for Los Angeles or risk being shipped back to the New York Mets, stole the show for the Dodgers during their 4-1 loss to Arizona today in their Spring Training opener, striking out five Diamondbacks in his two innings.
In the sixth inning, Rosin fanned Arizona regulars Aaron Hill, Paul Goldschmidt and Martin Prado all in a row, after striking out Matt Tuiasosopo and A.J. Pollock in the fifth.
Rosin, who was taken from Philadelphia by the Mets in the Rule 5 draft and then traded to the Dodgers that same morning, struck out 96 in 126 2/3 innings for Double-A Reading last year. He was one of a few highlights that today’s game produced for the Dodgers, despite being on the losing end:
- Yasiel Puig hit the ball hard in all three trips to the plate, earning a single, an RBI double and a tough groundout to third.
- Second baseman Alex Guerrero looked fairly smooth on two plays in the third inning, making a diving stop on an infield single, then serving as a middleman of a 6-4-3 double play with Chone Figgins and Scott Van Slyke. Guerrero went 0 for 2 at the plate.
- Van Slyke had a single and a walk, then was replaced by non-roster invitee Clint Robinson, who also singled. Designated hitter Justin Turner also singled and walked.
- Figgins went 0 for 3, but was nearly 3 for 3. Mark Trumbo, somewhat surprisingly, made two diving catches of balls Figgins hit to left, and in between, Figgins was foul by inches on what would have been an extra-base hit to deep right.
- Jose Dominguez struck out two of the three batters he faced.
- Though he had a bit of trouble in left field behind Clayton Kershaw, Carl Crawford went the opposite way for a single in the third inning, then scored from first on Puig’s double.
- Dodger pitchers Kershaw, Javy Guerra, Rosin, Dominguez and Ross Stripling struck out 11 and walked one in their eight combined innings.
In his second inning of work, Ross Stripling allowed three singles for a run in the bottom of the eighth to produce the final margin. Stripling induced a double-play grounder to end the inning.