Following the Dodgers and Exploring The Team’s Past
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GLENDALE– Fausto Carmona, the Cleveland Indians projected Opening Day starting pitcher, performed great in his last game as the regular season draws nearer. Los Angeles was just outdueled from the start as the Indians bullpen continued the Dodgers struggle at the plate.
Carmona earned the win going five strong innings in which he allowed five hits with three strikeouts. The Dodgers lone run came in the fifth on a throwing error from Carmona which scored Corey Smith who earlier in the inning got a ground-rule double.
Chad Billingsley had another rough outing, going three innings and giving up two runs on two hits and suffering his second loss of the spring. Even though Billingsley earned the loss, his only mistakes came in the second inning; otherwise he had a good game. Chad gave up a single to Austin Kearns then walked Luis Valbuena and hit Adam Everett. Michael Brantley brought in the Indians first two runs with a bases-loaded double.
The Dodgers were within striking distance of this game until the eighth inning when Cleveland broke the game open scoring four unanswered runs over the last two innings giving the Indians a 6-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Cleveland relievers were able to shutdown Los Angeles as they went a strong four innings, allowing two hits while striking out four. The Dodgers relievers struck out seven in six innings, but, also allowed four Cleveland runs that completely put the Dodgers out of reach in this game.
SCOTTSDALE– On a night of starters, the Los Angeles Dodgers better regroup as a team before they take on the San Francisco Giants 1½ weeks from now as Opening Night comes to Los Angeles next Thursday. Each side got a glimpse of their opponents Opening Day starters as Clayton Kershaw pitched for the Dodgers and Ian Kennedy for Arizona.
Both starters had effective starts, but, if Los Angeles thinks itself a contender in the West, its bats better come to life by April. Los Angeles suffered its first shutout of the spring as Arizona got on the board in the middle of the game and never looked back, winning easily 3-0.
Clayton Kershaw got the loss going five innings, giving up two runs on eight hits and striking out five. Ian Kennedy, though, was just slightly better. Kennedy pitched five and a third scoreless innings with six strikeouts. The Dodgers main hitters (Loney, Kemp, and Ethier) need to provide more offense. If Los Angeles is going to have success this season, these three players cannot go 1-9 in a game and expect to win.
Chris Young got Arizona’s first run after he doubled and scored on Miguel Montero’s single. Montero scored the second run of the inning after Xavier Nady singled to center. Juan Miranda scored the Diamondbacks last run on a single from David Winfree. Ian Kennedy earned the win as his relievers prevented any runs crossing home ensuring a shutout. Sam Demel got the save for Arizona.
SURPRISE– The Los Angeles Dodgers ninth inning rally falls short as the Texas Rangers escaped with a 5-4 win behind Neftali Feliz’s strong start on Monday. Feliz went four innings, striking out five Rangers, and surrendering one run. The one run taking place in the first inning when Marcus Thames drove home Jamey Carroll with a two-out RBI double down the left-field line. John Ely struggled on the mound for Los Angeles, pitching four innings too, but allowing four runs in the effort, three of which were due to a Josh Hamilton three-run home run in the third as Texas then led 4-1.
The Dodgers added another run in the sixth on Xavier Paul’s two-out triple that scored Dee Gordon, cutting Texas’s lead in half, 4-2. But Doug Deeds of the Rangers hit an RBI single to the outfield that scored Chad Tracy and ended up being the game winning run. Los Angeles tried to make a comeback in the ninth, scoring two runs off closer Miguel De Los Santos. Trayvon Robinson got a two-out two RBI hit that landed in front of the center fielder bringing the Dodgers within a run of tying. But, De Los Santos gathered himself, and was able to get the final out and record his first save. Neftali Feliz earned the win while Ely received the loss courtesy of Hamilton’s home run.
SCOTTSDALE– Division foes met at Salt River Fields as the Los Angeles Dodgers visited the Colorado Rockies Monday afternoon for the first time this spring. The Rockies knocked Dodgers starter Ted Lilly for a run in the third, but, Los Angeles went on to score seven unanswered runs, four coming in the seventh, which led to a 7-1 Dodger victory.
Colorado’s ace, Ubaldo Jimenez who still has a perfect ERA, had another strong start going three innings giving up one hit. Dodgers starter, Ted Lilly, who will be in the rotation pitched well too. Lilly went 3 1/3 innings, striking out two, surrendering three hits, and the Rockies only run of the game. Los Angeles’s relievers would only allow three additional hits after Lilly’s departure.
However, the same could not be said of the Rockies relievers. As soon as Jimenez’s day was over, the Dodgers bats got hot scoring seven runs. Greg Reynolds pitched 3 1/3 innings after Jimenez left, giving up a run in the fourth prior to being torched for four runs in the seventh. Jerry Sands gave the Dodgers the lead for good with his three run shot to the stands, giving Los Angeles a 4-1 lead. The Dodgers would add another insurance run in the inning pushing their lead to 5-1.
Jose Morales scored Colorado’s only run in the third, hitting a double and later scoring on Hector Gomez’s RBI single to center. Los Angeles piled on a run in both the eighth and ninth for more cushion room as they went on to defeat Colorado 7-1. Despite Ubaldo’s start, he got a no-decision, while his replacement Reynolds was sacked with the loss. Tim Redding earned the win, pitching three innings with one walk and one strikeout. Colorado’s relievers better get hot by Opening Day because the pressure cannot fall on Jimenez to translate the success he currently is having this spring into the regular season.
GLENDALE– Gavin Floyd of the Chicago White Sox got their Spring Training season underway as they faced off with the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday. Both starters had great games; the Dodgers Opening Day starter Clayton Kershaw and one of the White Sox vital rotation men Floyd. Floyd had two perfect innings and Kershaw showed fans why manager Don Mattingly named him his number one starter after pitching three innings in which he gave up one run on two hits, striking out three.
Los Angeles then took a one run lead in the bottom of the fourth inning after Tony Gwynn singled and eventually scored on Aaron Miles infield single. Miles scored on an RBI triple from Trayvon Robinson. Los Angeles added four more runs in the fifth giving them a 6-1 lead which would be enough to defeat the White Sox. The four runs were contributed by a Jamie Hoffmann double and Damaso Espino hitting a two-run single. The White Sox added another run from Jordan Danks RBI double in the sixth. In the top of the seventh the White Sox made a small comeback scoring three runs, giving the Dodgers a one run lead of 6-5. But, closer Jonathan Broxton came in to pitch a perfect ninth to earn the save and secure a victory for the Dodgers.
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