By Jon Weisman
However low the stakes might have been, today’s Dodgers-Brewers game was high on the entertainment side.
And since the stakes were low, Dodger fans didn’t have to feel so bad about the loss.
Despite scoring two runs in the eighth and one in the ninth, the Dodgers fell a tally short against Milwaukee today, dropping a 6-5 decision that evened their Cactus League record at 2-2. (Adam McCalvy has the MLB.com recap.)
Clint Robinson, the brilliantly named combination of Clint Eastwood and Cliff Robertson, continues to be the early belle of the ball at Spring Training for the Dodgers, going 3 for 3 to give him hits in five consecutive at-bats. The 29-year-old left-handed hitting first baseman has a career .884 OPS in the minors but all of four career plate appearances in the Majors, with Kansas City in 2012. (Below is video from Robinson’s home run on Friday.)
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One-time Dodger utilityman Elian Herrera matched Robinson with three hits of his own for the Brewers. Another old friend, Brent Leach, got the win for Milwaukee.
Chris Reed took the brunt of the Brewers’ punishment, allowing four runs in the first of his two innings on five hits. In his second inning of work, Reed retired Milwaukee in order.
The biggest triumph of all for the Dodgers might just have been that they were able to play today’s game, on a day that several exhibition games were rained out. In particular, it was good for Dan Haren to get his first start of Spring Training in, with Josh Beckett scheduled to go on Sunday. Haren allowed a run in two innings, then threw a simulated third inning in the bullpen.
I’m sure everyone feels some excitement over Clint Robinson and Joc Pederson. It’s good to have these guys waiting in the wings just in case.