Missed Opportunities Cost Dodgers

The Dodgers left a baker's dozen on the bases and St. Louis bats were hot, resulting in an easy 6-1 victory for the Cardinals. Jason Repko's homer in the third tallied the only Los Angeles run.

Starter Jeff Weaver was rocked by a pair of two-run homers off the bat of MVP-in-waiting Albert Pujols, who smacked 42 out of the park in 2004. Ryan Rupe gave up another pair of runs in his three innings of work.

Giovanni Carrara gave up a one out triple in the seventh but escaped damage and Kelly Wunch authored the only 1-2-3 Dodger inning of the afternoon.

St. Louis scored a National League-leading 855 runs in 2004 and seem to be headed along the same path this season, led by Albert Pujols who slugged a pair of two-run homers in the first three innings and added a double before Tony LaRussa gave him the rest of the day off.

Repko was on base three times and Oscar Robles doubled, singled and walked but was left stranded each time.

The Dodgers loaded the bases in the fourth and sixth innings but came up empty each time.

Jeff Kent 37th birthday gave him no cause for celebration. He went 0-for-3.

The Dodgers fell to 1-5 in Grapefruit League Play and met the Florida Marlins in the second half of a day-night double bill at Jupiter.

Dodger Blue Notes--Norihiro Nakamura played first against the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday, using a new first basemans mitt. He had trouble with a roller in the sixth inning, finally getting the handle and making a 6-inch throw to pitcher Buddy Carlyle for the out. He noted that he was playing with a new, stiff glove. "I took it to my room and oiled it," he said after the game. Rick Monday disagreed during the game broadcast, noting you should not use oil but shaving cream with lanolin in it to soften your glove. Nakamura, again at first base, had no trouble handling the ball but there was no indication of which method he used on his mitt.