Castellanos powers up in annual charity game
Proceeds from sellout crowd in Tucson benefit Christina-Taylor Green Foundation
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Alex Castellanos hit a three-run home run to lift the Dodgers to a 5-4 victory Thursday over the Cubs.
The game was played in front of a sellout crowd of 11,118 at Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium to benefit the Christina-Taylor Green Foundation. Green was 9 years old when she was killed in the 2011 Tucson shooting that critically wounded Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. Her father, John Green, is a supervisor of amateur scouts for the Dodgers, and her grandfather, Dallas Green, is the former general manager of the Cubs.
Scott Hairston singled to lead off the Chicago second and was safe at second on a throwing error by pitcher Stephen Fife, who was trying for a double play on Dave Sappelt's grounder but threw into center field. Hairston moved up on the play, and scored on Brent Lillibridge's single.
Starlin Castro made it 2-0 in the third with a solo home run.
Angelo Songco doubled to open the Dodgers third, and scored two outs later on Mark Ellis' single. Los Angeles had two on and one out in the fourth when Castellanos connected.
Lillibridge doubled to lead off the fifth and scored on pitcher Scott Feldman's single to close it to 4-3.
Feldman, who will start the fourth game of the regular season for the Cubs, gave up four runs on seven hits over five innings.
Fife allowed three runs (two earned) on seven hits in six innings for the Dodgers.
The game was a test for the Dodgers' Nick Punto at shortstop. Los Angeles is short-handed because of a thumb injury to Hanley Ramirez, which requires surgery.
Dodgers up next: As the Dodgers try to figure out what to do about the shortstop position in the wake of Hanley Ramirez's injury, Clayton Kershaw takes the mound Friday at 1:05 p.m. PT at Camelback Ranch for his start against the Reds and Mike Leake. Kershaw is coming off his most impressive start, but also sustained a bruised Achilles when he was struck by a comebacker. Kershaw made his between-starts bullpen session on Tuesday.
Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.