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After another excellent outing in the Dodgers' 8-4 loss to the Giants on Friday night at Camelback Ranch, Rodriguez has been about as perfect this spring as anyone would have reason to demand.
In his eight appearances, Rodriguez has not given up a run. In his 8 1/3 innings, he has surrendered only three hits and no walks while striking out 10. The only reason he's not a slam dunk to make the team is because he can still be optioned. And that's not a good enough reason, not the way he's pitching.
He came into Friday’s game to replace
Rodriguez was matched against Giants left-handed hitting outfielder Nori Aoki. And then Rodriguez did exactly what he was supposed to do, striking Aoki out swinging on three pitches.
It did not, however, prove the best night for Greinke, who gave up the four runs (two earned) on five hits and a pair of walks. He struck out one.
The Giants also got to Yimi Garcia, another bullpen candidate who had not given up a run in his first seven appearances, when Andrew Susac hit a solo homer in the sixth.