Sydney Cricket Ground proves to be a fair host
SYDNEY -- During the Dodgers' first workout in Australia on Tuesday, baseballs hit into the jet stream blowing out to center field left players convinced that Sydney Cricket Ground would be a hitter's haven.
On Wednesday, the winds blew in and batting-practice drives fell harmlessly in front of the warning track, and the place suddenly was pitcher friendly.
Winds were calm Thursday night, when the Dodgers came from behind for a 4-2 win over Team Australia.
"It seems to play pretty fair," said Dodgers manager Don Mattingly. "The stadium doesn't have a third deck to block the wind. The ball gets up there [above the stadium rim] and it can carry. Obviously the wind is having a big effect.
"Hanley [Ramirez] hit a ball last night that didn't get up [and was caught]. Their guy hit one to right that didn't go. It seems pretty fair."
Yasiel Puig's home run was a towering shot to left field.