RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. (AP) — The Dodgers were one out away from dropping an exhibition game to their Class-A affiliate despite the presence of five major leaguers in their starting lineup, another on the mound and Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda serving as manager Thursday night.
In what the Dodgers surely hope is a sign of things to come, Carl Crawford got them back in the game.
Crawford delivered a game-tying, two-run single with two outs in the final inning, but the Dodgers lost to the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 4-3 in seven innings.
Crawford, acquired from Boston last summer and who underwent Tommy John surgery last August, began the night 0-for-3 with two strikeouts. With the Dodgers trailing 3-1 in the top of the seventh and the bases loaded with two outs, Crawford lined a sharp single to left field to extend the game.
"I'm constantly making adjustments as the game goes on," he said. "I haven't played in a while, so I'm going to be constantly making adjustments like that. There's still going to be some rust on there until I start playing some real games, but right now I'm just battling at the plate."
Crawford said before the game that while he is not 100 percent, he is pleased with where his health is at.
"I'm pretty much right on schedule," he said. "I wish it would've been quicker. I think I'm right on time where I should be."
Lasorda was greeted by a loud standing ovation from the sellout crowd during pregame introductions and the Quakes dedicated their clubhouse in his name. Hall of Famer Maury Wills also made a pregame appearance.
"I loved every minute until they went ahead of us," Lasorda chuckled. "The fire was there. I wanted to win even though it didn't make any difference."
The Dodgers, who had a split squad with other members of the team facing the Angels, trotted out five big leaguers in the starting lineup against the Quakes: Crawford, Adrian Gonzalez, Luis Cruz, Alfredo Amezaga and Jerry Hairston.