Trio of pitchers shine as Dodgers beat Padres 8-3

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Noah Syndergaard, Dustin May and Gavin Stone all pitched well today.

Three right handed hurlers, all making their second appearances of the spring, pitched well in the Dodgers‘ spring training win over the Padres.

Noah Syndergaard made his first start of camp and second overall appearance. He was perfect, throwing three innings without allowing a baserunner and striking out two. Furthermore, he was extremely efficient, only throwing 24 pitches in his three innings of work. He didn’t throw any more than nine pitches in any single inning.

The Dodgers signed Syndergaard to a one-year, $13 million deal back in December. It was reported by  The Athletic’s Fabian Ardaya that Syndergaard turned down more years and more money from other teams in order to sign with the Dodgers. Both of his two appearances this spring have been scoreless.

Next, Dustin May took the mound to start the fourth inning. He also went three full shutout frames, striking out three and allowing a hit and a walk along the way. This outing lowered May’s spring ERA to 1.93. He showcased his premium stuff that has many expecting a breakout season from the right hander.

Coming off of Tommy John Surgery last season, May only threw 30 regular season innings before not appearing in the NLDS despite being on the roster. The 25-year-old will be entering his fifth season with major league time in 2023, and will be a big component of the season for the Dodgers.

Lastly, top prospect Gavin Stone threw the eighth inning. He retired all three batters that he faced, including two strikeouts. He flashed the split changeup that he used to dominate the minors last season. It only took Stone 12 pitches to retire the side, a great efficiency that he is known for.

Stone exploded onto the scene last year with a superb campaign in the minors. He reached Triple-A and vaulted up prospect lists, now standing as the Dodgers’ No. 5 prospect on MLB Pipeline. He is lined up to make his MLB debut in 2023, and could be a big contributor down the stretch if injury problems arise.

Miguel Rojas, Will Smith and Max Muncy had good days offensively, each picking up two hits. Rojas drove in three runs between a double and his first home run of the spring. Andy Pages, Jonny DeLuca and Eddys Leonard all got hits in their only at-bats off the bench.

The Dodgers are off Tuesday and will be in action again on Wednesday to take on the Mariners.

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