PHOENIX -- That shiny new two-thirds, $208-million worth of Dodgers’ rotation made its spring debut on a breezy Sunday afternoon.
Zack Greinke started and threw two scoreless innings and Hyun-Jin Ryu followed and pitched one. Very baby steps, but positive ones.
Ultimately, in their second game of the spring Sunday, the Dodgers and White Sox settled for a 2-2 tie at Camelback Ranch. The game was called for lack of pitchers after nine innings.
But the main focus from L.A.’s perspective was on getting a first look at Greinke as a Dodger, and for most everyone, a first look at Ryu, period.
Greinke, who signed to a six-year, $147-million deal with the Dodgers in the off-season, gave up one hit, struck out two and did not walk a batter in his two innings. All neat and efficient.
Ryu also gave up one hit – a triple on a curveball he’s been working on with Sandy Koufax. He did not walk a batter and struck out one. All brief and mostly easy.
“I guess it (curve) really didn’t work today,” Ryu said.
Ryu is attempting to become the first South Korean to go directly to the major leagues upon his arrival in the U.S. The Dodgers like him enough to pay a $25.7-million fee to his Korean team and then signed him for another $36 million.
His first appearance was a positive one. So, brief or not, they let him have that and then got him out of there.
The Dodgers scored once in the third inning on a double by catcher Tim Federowicz and single by Hanley Ramirez. Then Ramirez strayed too far off first and was tagged out. After the Dunn homer put Chicago ahead, third baseman Luis Cruz tied it at 2-2 with a solo home run off Jhan Marinez in the sixth.