Pair Of Young Dodgers Lead The Way In Bauer’s Debut

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The Dodgers young bats came to swing on Monday as they scored 10 runs to lead them past the Rockies as Bauer looked impressive in Spring Training debut.

Trevor Bauer finally ended up making his Spring Training debut for the Dodgers as there was a lot to like in his first start. The only blemish to his start was a single by Garrett Hampson as it looked like Bauer was just trying to get a feel for all his pitches. In the second inning, Bauer really showed his breaking ball to hitters as he painted the corners with it well and dominated in just two innings.

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Young Players Came To Play

While Bauer was great for his first outing of Spring Training, the young hitters were on full display for fans as DJ Peters hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the 2nd. He then decided to show off his glove as well by making a spectacular diving catch the next inning. Gavin Lux was another player that showed his skill with the bat as he hit a ball into right field and was aggressive on the base paths as he stretched it into a double.

Some lesser known guys in Rangel Ravelo and Andy Burns also decided to get in on the action as Ravelo doubled to left to score two runs in a disastrous bottom of the fourth for the Rockies. Burns then followed it up with a double of his own into deep center field which scored two more. In all, the Dodgers scored 6 runs in the 4th inning as they slapped around the Rockies pitching, leaving the question as to why the Rockies didn’t just elect to skip the 4th with the addition of the new rules.

Pitching Proved To Be Another Strength

In addition to Trevor Bauer making his start for the Dodgers, other pitchers that also dominated the Rockies were Tony Gonsolin, Kenley Jansen, Blake Treinen, and Victor Gonzalez. All of the other pitchers just mentioned allowed only one hit that led to the eventual shut out of the Rockies. The biggest question out of all these pitchers was Kenley Jansen as many were wondering if he could get back to the pitcher Dodgers fans had known to love.

Jansen did impress on the mound as he tossed a perfect inning in the top of the 4th while also striking out back to back hitters. Based on photos that have been circling around social media, Jansen has been working with Trevor Bauer during Spring Training, which is something the Dodgers might have benefited from in bringing in Bauer to teach other pitchers. If Jansen can repeat this type of success, then he can easily come into the 9th inning without fans having to worry about him closing out games.

Up Next

The Dodgers will be back at tomorrow to face the rival San Francisco Giants at 6:05 PT. This will be the Giants second game as they dropped the first one to the Angels. For the Dodgers, They’ll look to keep testing their players and seeing what players fit as the competition for roster spots go on.

Jacob Cisneros is a writer for Dodgers-LowDown. You can find him on Twitter and Instagram @_JacobCisneros.