Ortiz, Troncoso Step Up
Ramon Ortiz pitched on consecutive days for the first time as a professional Sunday, but said he felt normal as he pitched a perfect inning with two strikeouts. Ortiz has just about locked up a bullpen job after coming to camp on a Minor League contract.
Ramon Troncoso, who got uniform No. 38 back after the release of Eric Gagne, came up with his best outing of the spring in the 2-1 win over the Reds,
“A year ago he was our 12th guy and turned into something much more important than that,” manager Joe Torre said of Troncoso. “He didn’t have a terrific spring, but there was never a question whether he’s on the club or not.”
Starter Clayton Kershaw had seven strikeouts in six innings, making 99 pitches and adding a single and a run scored. He stranded a runner in scoring position in four of the innings. — Ken Gurnick