After Keith Conlon walked and Tony Gonzalez was hit by a pitch to load the bases, Shane Buschini cleared the bases with a double off the centerfield wall. While rounding first, Buschini was trying to around Felix Carrasco and did a face plant on the dirt. He was able to get up and make it to second with three RBIs in hand.
Buschini did make an error at first base – playing the position after spending last year in the outfield. It is the first time he has played first base since early in college.
They rolled the inning on Kluber before he could record an out.
Angel Mercado opened the next frame with a towering triple off the centerfield wall – a good 400 feet out. He was, however, stranded there, as Kluber worked out of trouble.
Mercado would later hit a two-run homer over the left field wall – smoking the ball on a pitch from Pablo Menchaca.
Burke allowed a single to Luis Durango to open the action and after Durango stole second and wound up on third after an errant throw, the right-hander walked Brad Chalk. Yefri Carvajal had an RBI force out and Justin Baum grounded out, putting Carvajal at second. Lance Zawadzki came up and lined a double into the gap to score Carvajal. After an error on Buschini, the inning was rolled.
The only pitcher to work a 1-2-3 inning on this side of the field was Mike DeMark. The right-hander threw strikes, getting two ground outs and a strikeout.
During batting practice, Hopley showed a good approach and some line drive power. His hit-and-run approach was very good, hitting each ball on the line.
"I can't wait for the games to start," he quipped.
Right-hander Jon Ellis looked solid, putting down the side in order during his half inning. He mixed in a few sinkers- a pitch he threw last year. He induced two ground outs and a line out to short.
Gonzalez is a newcomer but has a good swing with a lot of power packed in.
Bob Skube replaced him on the hill.
Dyer was instructed them to keep the ball in front of them and be ready to throw with a runner on first.
"Don't assume the runner isn't going because you did a good job keeping the ball in front of you," Dyer said. "Some guys are taught to go as soon as the ball hits the dirt."
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