Rollins' RBI triple helps Dodgers top visiting D-backs
Shortstop's spring average up to .316; righty Anderson goes 3 innings
By Steve Gilbert and Ken Gurnick
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Arizona's Yasmany Tomas slugged a three-run home run, but the Dodgers rallied with three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning for a 7-4 win on Monday in a game that saw the ejections of four D-backs.
After Mark Trumbo of Arizona and Justin Turner of the Dodgers were hit by pitches in the first inning, plate umpire Tom Woodring issued warnings to both benches. When former Dodgers farmhand Allen Webster hit Turner with a pitch leading off the fifth inning, Woodring ejected Webster and manager Chip Hale.
In the bottom of the eighth inning, Arizona pitcher Derek Eitel hit Dillon Moyer with a pitch and Woodring ejected Eitel and acting manager Glenn Sherlock.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Tomas goes yard for second time: Tomas hit his second homer of the spring when he hit an 0-1 pitch from Chin-Hui Tsao over the wall in right-center for a three-run homer. Tomas' first homer came against the A's on March 10 and was to straightaway right.
A couple of things have led to Tomas' improvement at the plate. First, the team looked back at video of him when he was in Cuba and encouraged him to get back to the leg kick he used then, and he also was asked for his input.
"He realizes that he has to have some control in his career, too," D-backs manager Chip Hale said. "He can't just do everything we're trying to get him to do. He has to have some input in it. We've been listening to him also."
Said Tomas, "I feel a lot better now, I have confidence in myself now."
Rollins for three: Dodgers shortstop Jimmy Rollins raised his spring average to .316 with an RBI triple, his second three-bagger of the Cactus League season. Rollins also scored a run as part of his 1-for-3 day.
Hudson notches three: The D-backs continue to build up Daniel Hudson's pitch and innings count as he tossed three frames for the first time this spring. The team has not decided yet whether it will use Hudson in the rotation or bullpen.
Balanced attack: While building a 4-1 lead, the Dodgers had RBIs from four players and runs scored by four players. Kiké Hernandez led the attack with two hits, one RBI and one run. After opening the spring 0-for-13, he is 11-for-27.
Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.