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By Jon Weisman
It was a feel-good day for the pitchers on both the Dodgers and the Chicago White Sox … and then Joc Pederson came to the plate.
Pederson, understudying for Scott Van Slyke in right field today, followed a Clint Robinson single by slicing a ball the opposite way over the left-field fence, breaking a seventh-inning scoreless tie and lifting the Dodgers on their way to a 5-0 victory over Chicago.
Robinson himself hit a homer in the eighth inning that capped a three-run rally and gave him three hits in six Cactus League at-bats so far. Robinson’s pull shot to right field followed a walk and stolen base by Dee Gordon, a double by Mike Baxter and a sacrifice fly by Brendan Harris.
While the good times ended abruptly for the White Sox hurlers, they rolled right on for the home-clad Dodgers.
Hyun-Jin Ryu became the first Dodger starting pitcher at Spring Training this year to complete two scoreless innings, allowing two hits with no strikeouts. Brian Wilson, Kenley Jansen, Chris Perez, J.P. Howell and Jamey Wright each followed with scoreless innings, with Matt Magill throwing 38 pitches in two frames to wrap things up.
Los Angeles lowered its Cactus League ERA through three games to 2.33. The Dodgers have yet to allow a home run in 27 innings of Cactus League play. A total of 13 Dodger pitchers have combined to allow one run in their past 16 innings.