The Los Angeles Dodgers hosted their Camelback Ranch co-tenants, the Chicago White Sox, on Monday afternoon looking to stay undefeated in Cactus League play.
They may not have earned a win, but they also didn’t lose either as the game finished in a 2-2 tie, moving the Dodgers to 2-0-1 on the spring. The game was scoreless until the bottom of the sixth inning as the Dodgers’ regulars were not able to bring any runs across.
Mookie Betts had a solid overall day by going 2-for-3, while Cody Bellinger went 1-for-2 with a double in the gap. It was Dodgers prospect Cody Thomas that broke the scoreless tie with a solo home run in the sixth though, his first of the spring.
Fellow prospect Omar Estevez then doubled the lead with a home run of his own a few batters later.
While the White Sox quickly answered back with a homer in the top of the seventh inning, the Dodgers were able to maintain the lead momentarily thanks to an outstanding catch by Thomas.
With a runner on third base and two outs, White Sox prospect Blake Rutherford hit a towering fly ball to deep right field. Thomas backed up all the way to the wall before leaping and bringing back a home run to end the inning and prevent the White Sox from taking a lead.
Despite the fact they eventually tied the game, there were plenty of positives to take away for the Dodgers. Thomas was the main one as he flashed his all-around ability.
“He’s an interesting guy. Football player, quarterback,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said of Thomas. “The body is great, skill set is really good. First pitch he saw, he hits a homer the other way, and makes a great play in right field. Really, really good day for Cody.”
The 25-year-old was a 13th round pick of the Dodgers out of Oklahoma in 2016. He spent the entire 2019 season with Double-A Tulsa but should see time with Triple-A Oklahoma City this season.
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