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Bellinger, Martin, Hernandez all go deep

Homers back Stripling's solid outing vs. White Sox
@kengurnick
March 14, 2019

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Cody Bellinger, Russell Martin and Enrique Hernández homered on Wednesday night as the Dodgers lost to the White Sox, 10-7. Bellinger’s two-run blast and Martin’s solo shot were back to back in a six-run fourth inning that included a three-run homer by Hernandez.

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Cody Bellinger, Russell Martin and Enrique Hernández homered on Wednesday night as the Dodgers lost to the White Sox, 10-7.

Bellinger’s two-run blast and Martin’s solo shot were back to back in a six-run fourth inning that included a three-run homer by Hernandez.

“The hitters, I think we’re really in a good place with our guys,” said manager Dave Roberts. “The challenge is just keeping these guys sharp and their bodies feeling good and coming out of this healthy.”

Ross Stripling started and made 63 pitches in 3 2/3 innings. Stripling is likely to be busy opening week with Clayton Kershaw and Walker Buehler unlikely to pitch deep into their starts, assuming they are indeed ready to start. If not, Stripling could return to the rotation, as he did unexpectedly last year, winding up at the All-Star Game.

Yimi Garcia, who is out of options, continued his bid to make the club with another scoreless inning of relief with two strikeouts. He hasn’t allowed a run in six innings with eight strikeouts, but an anticipated eight-man bullpen is crowded with relievers Kenley Jansen, Pedro Baez, Joe Kelly, Scott Alexander, Tony Cingrani, JT Chargois, Dylan Floro, Jaime Schultz, Caleb Ferguson, Kevin Quackenbush, Stetson Allie and Garcia still in camp.

“We see the value of him getting lefties and righties out and going one-plus [innings],” Roberts said of Garcia, whose durability has been an issue with a history of arm problems. “Right now, he’s doing everything he can to make things tough on us.”

The game deteriorated for the Dodgers in the eighth inning, which started with a 6-2 lead and finished with them trailing the White Sox, 10-6. Dodgers Minor League pitchers Yordy Cabrera and Parker Curry combined to allow four walks and throw five wild pitches. There were eight wild pitches in the game, seven by the Dodgers.

The Dodgers were out of pitchers at the end and Roberts joked he almost had to use coach Chris Gimenez on the mound.

Worth noting

• Alex Verdugo hasn’t started a game since Saturday, which wouldn’t appear to be a great sign in his bid to make the club out of camp. He had four at-bats in a Minor League game on Wednesday, and Roberts said Verdugo will start one of the split-squad games on Thursday.

• Corey Seager, recovering from elbow and hip operations, will play three innings of defense in a game for the first time on Thursday on the Minor League side. He is expected to be ready for Opening Day, even though he hasn’t played in a Cactus League game.

• Longtime player and coach Manny Mota has arrived at Camelback Ranch and will serve as a guest instructor. Mota is in his 51st season with the Dodgers organization. Also arriving in camp is longtime scout Mike Brito.

Up next

The Dodgers play a pair of split-squad games on Thursday. In the day game at Camelback Ranch, Hyun-Jin Ryu starts against Sonny Gray and the Reds at 1:05 p.m. PT. At 6:40 p.m. PT in Peoria, Kenta Maeda starts against Robbie Erlin and the Padres. Jaime Schultz, Pedro Baez, Scott Alexander and Dylan Floro are scheduled to join Ryu in the day game, while Dustin May, Stetson Allie and JT Chargois will follow Maeda against San Diego.

Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers for MLB.com since 2001.