L.A. drops two more to Cubs and White Sox

The Dodgers slid to 5-14 on the spring season after losing games to both Chicago teams on the same day. The White Sox beat Hiroki Kuroda, although he pitched six full innings, and the Cubs scored in the 10th to win in a game at Las Vegas.

The Cubs edged Los Angeles 4-3 in 10 innings at Las Vegas and he Dodgers were unable to handle the White Sox staff, collecting only three hits. Having said that, it must be mentioned that they nailed no less than eight balls right on the screws but Chicago fielders handled all of them.

The Dodgers finished the game hitting just .234, last in the National League. They were also last in runs scored (67) and this game didn't help their numbers at all. The numbers do not include the split squad game in Las Vegas.

Starter Hiroki Kuroda worked six innings, two more than the total of his first two starts, and had he been able to stay away from the extra-base hit, he would have excelled. He allowed seven hits; two home runs and three doubles. The two big flys accounted for three of the four runs he allowed.

After Broxton's first two strong spring outings in which he did not allow a hit, he faced five batters and each reached base in his latest appearance it was difficult to know what to expect but he allowed only a walk in working scoreless inning. Errors cost Mike MacDougal and Matt Guerrier an unearned run each.

The Dodgers had called up ten minor leaguers for today's game including starting third baseman Pedro Baez (#94), who has been selected to consecutive XM All-Star Futures Games. He had a strong game, working a walk, singling to left and lining to second. He also demonstrated a soft glove and a rocket arm at third.

Dodger fans got a sneak peak at 2010 third-rounder Leon Landry (#91), who is rated as the club's 11th-best prospect by Baseball America.  The 21-year-old ranked among the Rookie-advanced Pioneer League leaders in batting average (.349, 5th), hits (87, T-7th), doubles (20, T-3rd) and slugging percentage (.510, T-6th) in 57 games with Ogden to earn an Honorable Mention selection on the league's All-Star team. He was hitless in one trip to the plate but nearly made a circus catch in center field on a ball that was driven to the base of the wall.

Cory Smith, Kyle Russell and Alfredo Silverio each saw action during the game.

The Lineup:

Tony Gwynn cf
 Leon Landry cf
Jamey Carroll 2b
 Justin Sellers 2b
Andre Ethier dh
Marcus Thames lf
 Alfredo Silverio lf
Dioner Navarro c
 A.J. Ellis c
Ivan De Jesus ss
 Juan Castro ss
Gabe Kapler rf
 Kyle Russell ph 
J.D. Closser 1b
 Cory Smith 1b
Pedro Baez 3b  
The Game
Hiroki Kuroda pitched around a one-out double in the first inning with the help of a fine play by Dioner Navarro who bounced out from behind the plate to throw out the speedy Juan Pierre who led off with a near-perfect bunt down the third base line.

He wasn't so lucky in the second innings. Carlos Quentin smacked his first pitch into the Dodgers bullpen in left field and the Sox took an early 1-0 lead. The Sox added another run in the fourth on a double, a single and a long shot to center that Tony Gwynn ranged all the way to the wall to catch.

That saved him temporarily; Omar Vizquel then mashed a shot onto the berm behind the Sox bullpen to make the score 4-0. Gwynn made his second outstanding catch of the inning, sliding perfectly to snag a sinking line drive, then accounted for the final out on a routine catch.

Navarro collected the first Dodgers hit in the fourth, lining a one-out double to left. Ivan De Jesus lived on an error and L.A. had runners at first and third. Things didn't progress from that point as Gabe Kapler fanned and Closser fouled out.

Mike MacDougal replaced Kuroda in the seventh inning. He allowed a one-out single, a double into the left field corner that rookie Alfredo Silverio couldn't get the handle on and the Sox fifth run scored on the error. McDougal picked the runner off second and recorded a strikeout to end the inning.

Rookies helped Los Angeles mount a rally in the bottom of the seventh. Cory Smith walked and Pedro Baez collected the Dodgers second hit of the afternoon, a ground single past a diving third baseman. Justin Sellers doubled in a run but Ethier bounced out to end the threat for the remainder of the game.

Jonathan Broxton took over in the top of the eighth inning And promptly walked the first man he faced but a snappy Baez to Sellers to Smith (5-4-3) erased both of them and a ground ball ended the inning.

Matt Guerrier gave up a leadoff single in the ninth then recorded the second Dodgers' pickoff of the game. However, after a walk and a single, an error on an attempted double play cost a run.

The final six Dodgers went down in order to end the game.

Cubs 4-Dodgers 3 10 innings
The other half of the squad traveled to Las Vegas to play the Cubs. Carlos Zambrano started for Chicago worked five strong innings, allowing one run. Three Dodgers youngsters: Rubby De La Rosa, Carlos Monasterios and Wilkin De La Rosa matched him while pitching two innings each.

Rubby De La Rosa, the Dodgers' reigning Minor League Pitcher of the Year, made his first start of the spring season. The 22-year-old went a combined 7-2 with six saves last season, posting a 2.37 ERA and a .219 opponents' batting average in 22 games (13 starts) with Double-A Chattanooga and Single-A Great Lakes. The right-hander last pitched on March 3 at Cincinnati, striking out three in 2.0 scoreless innings.

Catcher Hector Gimenez's home run tied the game 3-3 in the eighth inning. In the ninth, Russ Mitchell walked, Jamie Hoffmann singled and stole second and Gimenez walked to load the bases with two out. Matt Kemp, who was 0-for-4, struck out to end the inning.

Josh Lindblom allowed a leadoff double in the bottom of the ninth but retired the side to move the game into the 10th inning.

The Cubs broke the tie in the last of the 10th. Michael Antonini, picked up from the Mets as a free agent, allowed a pair of hits and turned the game over to Fernando Felix with one out. With two out, Felix allowed the game winning hit.

Dave Pfeiffer, the Dodgers fourth pitcher, took the loss. Rafael Furcal had two of the Dodgers 11 hits. Michael Antonini

Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully kicked off his 62nd season with the Dodgers with the call of the game in Las Vegas.

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Quote of the Day "Last night I sneezed and it hurt pretty bad. I have to give it time to let it heal. I'm always going to hold out hope that I can start the season, but..." Jon Garland, on the strained oblique that put him on the disabled list.

Dodger Blue Notes Third baseman Casey Blake left the 8-7 loss to the Giants Saturday because of tightness in what was understood was in his lower back after laying down a sacrifice bunt in the top of the first inning. However, upon examination, the injury was to his ribs. The club considers him day-to-day. Juan Uribe took over at third, underscoring his versatility. ...It was another good day for center fielder Matt Kemp, who went 1-for-3 with an RBI double against the Royals in the other end of the split-squad game and now is hitting .370 for the spring. He also swiped third base in the first inning, leaving him three for four on steal attempts. ...The Dodgers made their second cuts of the spring Friday, optioning pitchers Luis Vasquez and Jon Huber to minor league camp. Dana Eveland, a non-roster pitcher who never appeared in a game because of an injury, was reassigned several days ago. This trims the number of players in camp to 56 (26 pitchers, 30 position players). Mattingly said there won't be any more cuts until after this weekend, when the Dodgers have split-squad dates both days. ...

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