Three Unearned Runs; Two Homers Sink L.A.

The Dodgers spotted San Francisco a 5-1 lead, then fought back and had the tying or lead run on base over the final three innings but couldn't get the big hit they needed. Seven Dodgers pitchers allowed only two runs but fielding blunders made the difference.

Los Angeles collected seven singles, seven walks and a hit batsman but scored just three times, hindered in a great part by three San Francisco double plays.

John Garland allowed one hit over his three innings but left tied 1-1 due to an error by Matt Kemp in center field. Jonathan Broxton worked a scoreless inning but Matt Guerrer and Ron Mahay each allowed a home run in their one inning stint.

A boot by Russ Mitchell at third base eventually cost two runs and put S.F. inn front 5-1. The Dodgers nine baserunners over the seventh, eighth and ninth innings but could only drive two of them across the plate.

Most of the fireworks during the evening were from the Giants and the fireworks technicians who entertained the crowd after the game.

You can talk about the Yankee-Red Sox rivalry or the Cardinals-Cubs history but until you experience the Dodgers-Giants meetings you don't know what bad blood really is like. When they two clubs meet it makes the Hatfields and McCoys look much like a Partridge Family reunion.

This night it was only a meaningless exhibition game early in the spring season, with San Francisco sporting a 5-2 record and the Dodgers a 2-5 mark. Giants fans showed up in droves and with nothing resembling starting lineups for either club, their was an air of electricity with both sides cheering each pop fly or line drive.

The attendance swelled to 11,261, the top total of the young season and nearly as much as the first three games combines (14,214).

Barry Zito started for San Francisco and here is the Dodgers starting lineup he faced:

Jamie Carroll, ss
Dioner Navarro, c
Andre Ethier, rf
Matt Kemp, cf
Marcus Thames, dh
James Loney, 1b
Jamie Hoffmann, lf
Ivan DeJesus, 2b
Justin Sellers, 3b
The Game
Things warmed up in the top of the second inning when Jon Garland hit former Dodgers outfielder Cody Ross with one out. Travis Ishikawa singled to center and Kemp's throw to third wasn't in the same postal zone, sailing high and wide of third. Ross scored and Ishikawa rolled clear around to third. Justin Sellers went behind third to throw out Brad Eldrid and Thomas Neal bounced out to end the inning but the unearned run put the Giants up 1-0.

Zito came inside on Thames in the bottom of the inning and hit him on the hand. Loney, dropped into the sixth slot in the lineup because of the lefty starter, singed to center and Hoffmann walked to load the bases.

De Jesus bounced into a 6-4-3 double play, tying the game but Sellers was called out on strikes, ending what started out to be a promising inning.

The quid pro quo "you hit me and I'll hit you" thing seemingly out but then with two out in the last of the third, Zito low-bridged Ethier on a 0-2 pitch, then got him on a fly to right.

Jonathan Broxton replaced Garland in the fourth. With one out and Buster Posey on with a walk, Ross took a shot at untying the game, driving Kemp to the wall in center field with a long fly and a ground ball to Carroll ended the inning.

Kemp singled on the first pitch of the bottom of the fourth, stole second and moved to third on a fly by Thames. But he was left there.

Matt Guerrier took over for Broxton and served up a home run to Thomas Neal on his second pitch in the top of the fifth. Then Ron Mahay gave up another in the sixth.

San Francisco boosted their lead to 5-1 with a pair of unearned runs in the seventh inning after a Russell Mitchell error at third base. Travis Schlichting was the victim of the runs and made third baseman Ryan Rohlinger hit the dirt on a high and tight pitch before getting the third out of the inning.

Jerry Sands walked, took second on a passed ball and scored on Juan Castro's line single to second, helping the Dodgers avoid a fourth game in which they only scored once. Mitchell added a single and just like that the Dodgers had the tying run at the plate but Mile's line drive went directly into the center fielder's glove to end the inning.

The Dodgers had sent 21 batters to the place from the second inning through the seventh and had only a pair of hits (Kemp, Castro) and two walks (Gwynn, Sands) to show for it.

John Ely retired San Francisco in order in the eighth and catcher Hector Giminez singled and stole second. Trayvon Robinson's one out ground ball drove him in. Thames walked before Sands and Paul walked to load the bases to put the lead run at third base but Castro struck out to end the inning.

Rookie Javy Guerra retired the Giants in order and Mitchell walked to start the last of the ninth. Speedy Dee Gordon ran for him but Miles hit into a 6-4-3 double play, the third of the game for San Francisco. Giminez walked to keep the Dodgers flickering hopes alive. Trent Oeltjen ran for Giminez but Gwynn fanned on three pitches to end the game.

San Francisco 010 011 200-5
Los Angeles 010 000 110-3
Winning pitcher- Felix Romero (1-0)
Losing pitcher- Matt Guerrer (0-1)

Only Nine Left from 1955 Champs
The recent passing of Duke Snider leaves only nine players from the only Brooklyn World Championship team: Bob Borkowski, Roger Craig, Carl Erskine, Sandy Koufax, Tom Lasorda, Don Newcombe, Ed Roebuck, George "Shotgun" Shuba and Don Zimmer.

For those you don't remember Duke's accomplishments, check these numbers:

Dodgers runs created above average 
1    Duke Snider            462   
2    Zack Wheat             430   
3    Jackie Robinson        308   
4    Pedro Guerrero         284   
5    Mike Piazza            263   
6    Babe Herman            260   
7    Dixie Walker           236   
8    Dolph Camilli          233   
T9   Gary Sheffield         218   
T9   Jimmy Sheckard         218   

All Time Dodgers HR leader
1    Duke Snider            389   
2    Gil Hodges             361   
3    Eric Karros            270   
4    Roy Campanella         242   
5    Ron Cey                228   
6    Steve Garvey           211   
7    Carl Furillo           192   
8    Mike Piazza            177   
9    Pedro Guerrero         171   
10   Raul Mondesi           163   

Dodgers against the league average
HRS                        DIFF   PLAYER   LEAGUE   
1    Duke Snider            212      389      177   
2    Gil Hodges             173      361      188   
3    Roy Campanella         127      242      115   
4    Ron Cey                118      228      110   
5    Mike Piazza            106      177       71   
T6   Pedro Guerrero          96      171       75   
T6   Dolph Camilli           96      139       43   
8    Eric Karros             90      270      180   
9    Steve Garvey            79      211      132   
10   Frank Howard            69      123       54   

Home Run leaders during the 1950s
1    Duke Snider            326   
2    Gil Hodges             310   
3    Eddie Mathews          299   
4    Mickey Mantle          280   
5    Stan Musial            266   
6    Yogi Berra             256   
7    Willie Mays            250   
8    Ted Kluszewski         239   
9    Gus Zernial            232   
10   Ernie Banks            228   
Former Dodger Greg Goossen dies at 65
Greg Goossen, a former major-league catcher who was signed to a six-figure bonus by the Los Angeles Dodgers at 18 in 1964 and later worked as a private detective, boxing trainer and character actor, has died. He was 65. He was signed for a large bonus by the Dodgers in June of 1964 but after 64 games at Pocatello in the Pioneer League and St. Petersburg in the Florida League (were he hit .268 with 10 homers), he was picked up by the New York Mets in the first-year draft in 1965.

He went to Seattle where he batted .309 in 52 games for the Pilots in 1969, on to the Washington Senators in July of 1970 and finished his career there in 1970.

He also played 39 games for the Tacoma Cubs of the Pacific Coast League in 1971.

He led a colorful post-baseball life working as a private detective, and helped his brother, Joe, as a boxing trainer, working with Michael Nunn and Gabriel and Rafael Ruelas. Through boxing, he met Gene Hackman and later served as the actor's stand-in. He also played minor characters in many of those films.

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