The Los Angeles Dodgers were forced to do some reshuffling Saturday as Alex Wood was scratched from his scheduled start against the Chicago Cubs due to left forearm tightness. Brandon Beachy, initially slated to face the Seattle Mariners, started in place of Wood.
The domino effect included Carlos Frias, who was called on to start at Peoria Sports Complex. Along with the Dodgers playing their first split-squad games of 2016 Spring Training, it was also their first game under lights this year.
James Paxton quickly worked his way through the first inning by retiring Kiké Hernandez, Trayce Thompson and Andre Ethier in order. Carlos Frias followed suit, which included striking out Nori Aoki and Ketel Marte.
Neither team had a runner reach base in the second, with Frias ending the bottom half of the inning on a called strike three pitch to Kyle Seager.
Alex Hassan reached on a one-out error by Seager in the top of the third. Elian Herrera followed with a base hit, but both runners were stranded as Paxton retired Hernandez and Thompson.
Franklin Gutierrez led off the bottom of the third with a base hit and came around to score on Steve Clevenger’s RBI double. Clevenger advanced to third base on the throw, then scored on Boog Powell’s RBI groundout.
Frias allowed another single before working out of the inning with the Mariners leading, 2-0. Ethier and Scott Van Slyke opened the fourth with back-to-back singles off Paxton.
The left-hander nearly worked his way out of trouble as he got Ellis to ground into a double play. Marte’s throwing error on Rob Segedin grounder kept the inning alive and allowed the Dodgers to get on the board.
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