While we were turning our clocks ahead an hour, the Dodgers were turning the Cubs clocks back two hours, in their 5-0 Cactus League victory. The Dodgers were fresh off of a split squad victory last night against the White Sox, in which Cory Sullivan hit a grand slam home run. Today, the Dodgers scored four runs in the second inning, and added another in the fourth, and never relinquished the lead.
Starting pitcher Ted Lilly, recovered from a terrible outing in his first game, in which he allowed 380 home runs in two innings, to pitching three scoreless frames for the Dodgers this afternoon at Glendale Arizona. Lilly threw 53 pitches, 33 for strikes, allowing only 1 hit, and one walk. Meanwhile his opposinig starter Matt Garza struggled. He had to be hooked in the second inning, after allowing four runs on three hits, and two walks. Matt Guerrier, Todd Coffey, Mike MacDougal, John Grabow, Alberto Castillo, and Will Savage all followed Lilly to throw scoreless innings of work. The Dodgers improved to 5-1-2 in Cactus League Play, and continue to be aggressive on Offense. While most of the regulars rested today, only Loney, Mark Ellis, and Juan Uribe were among the regulars who played.
Getting back to the pitching, Guerrier and Grabow had to wiggle out of their own jams, but did so without issues. The Dodgers scored their four runs in the second innings, off of two bases loaded walks, and a two-run single by Tony Gwynn Jr. In their bottom of the 5th inning, Trent Oeltjen singled, and scored on a Matt Angle run scoring single to make the Dodger lead 5-0. I am giving Gywnn the game ball for his clutch hit.
The Dodgers pitching was fantastic, against a mostly comatose Chicago lineup. Dodger pitching only allowed five hits all game, while walking only four. Although three were from Guerrier in his little walkapalooza in the fourth inning. Guerrier helped himself that inning, by picking off former Dodger and old friend Blake DeWitt, when he strayed too far off of second base. TOOTBLAN.
TheDodgers will travel Tempe and play the Angels tomorrow at 105PM. The game is televised on MLB Network, but not on Prime Ticket. Aaron Harang will be on the mound for the Dodgers, while the Angels will counter with Jared Weaver.
One more thing before I sign off for today. According to Bill Shakin and MSTI , The final seven Dodger bidders will be submitting their final bids on March 16th, and are meeting with MLB officials. According to Shakin, the three leading bidders, are NFL Rams owner Stan Kroenke, Billionaire Hedge-fund manager Steven Cohen, and the Magic Johnson/Stan Kasten group. AS you know we at Lasordaslair are vehemently opposed to any Dodger bidders with shady agendas for Dodger Stadium, and are not interested in preserving Dodger tradition. Once the team is officially out of bankruptcy, the most important things for us are fielding a winning team, and preserving Dodger Stadium, and Dodger tradition. We will continue to keep you informed on the ongoing sale and auction of the Dodgers.
Don’t forget to set your clocks ahead an hour Dodger fans! Go Blue