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Arizona Day 1 Observations – Fullmer Sharp, Turner Hurt

Fresh off a five plus hour flight from Philadelphia to Phoenix I traveled to Salt River Fields, the beautiful home of the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies to see the White Sox play the D-Backs.  Crush was more the word as we watched Carson Fullmer toss 4 no hit innings in a 15-2 blowout.  Matt Davidson went 3 for 4 with a two run homer, his fourth of the Spring, and Adam Engel, battling to be the center fielder, went 3 for 3.

After checking into the hotel it was off to Camelback Ranch, Home of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago White Sox to see the Dodgers host the Oakland A’s.  The pitching matchup was Alex Wood and Kendall Graveman, and we weren’t disappointed. Wood tossed 5 shutout innings, allowing 4 hits, 2 walks while striking out 7, and Graveman was even better tossing 5.1 shutout innings, allowing only two hits while striking out 7.  Jansen pitched a perfect 6th, the final out on a ball that Matt Chapman appeared to have crushed, but the ball didnt carry and was caught on the warning track.   Bellinger and Pederson homered in the 7th, and Trayce Thompson, who made a great throw to third to nail a runner earlier, hit a moon shot to almost dead center in the 8th as the Dodgers won 3-1.

The win came at a cost as they lost Justin Turner in the first inning to a broken wrist by a Graveman pitch.  The injury, his left wrist, is a displaced fracture and the timetable for his return is unknown.  Logan Forsythe has experience at third, and Kiki Hernandez and Kyle Farmer have also played third this Spring.

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