Yesterday in Dodger Baseball -- April 15

Derek Lowe pitched a four-hit shutout and Milton Bradley homered and scored three runs as the Dodgers celebrated Jackie Robinson Night with a 4-0 win over San Diego. Las Vegas rode the strong arm of Heath Totten and the two homer performance of Chin-Fang Chen to top Colorado Springs 6-4. Jacksonville committed five errors in a 7-4 loss. Vero Beach lost in 10 despite Cory Dunlap's 3-for-4 performance and Columbus suffered through a nine-run fourth inning a in a 10-2 loss.

LOS ANGELES, California--Jackie Robinson would have been proud of Derek Lowe and Milton Bradley. Well, he would have approved of the other first place Dodgers, too, after a 4-0 shutout of the San Diego Padres on a night that the team wore Brooklyn uniforms and caps to celebrate Robinson's legacy. Lowe gave up only three soft singles and Bradley homered on his 27th birthday, scoring three runs. Lowe fanned out five and walked only one, needing only 108 pitches to his first win and first shutout as a Dodger. Lowe (1-1) retired the first eight and the last four hitters he faced. Bradley led off the second with a walk and scored when Lowe lined a single off the first baseman's glove. Then, in the third, Jeff Kent and Bradley clubbed back-to-back homers off Williams to open a 3-0 advantage. Bradley singled to lead off the fifth, advanced to third base on a walk and a Phillips single and came home when Lowe grounded sharply into a fielder's choice with one out. Bradley not only finished with his first three-run game at Dodger Stadium but also had the honor of escorting Rachel Robinson during the pregame ceremony honoring Jackie Robinson. Bradley noted he wasn't a big believer in ghosts, he believed Robinson's spirit was with him a little bit during the game.

Dodger Blue Notes--The daily *M*A*S*H* report finds Brad Penny without pain following a 30-pitch bullpen Friday afternoon. Penny will pitch for the Las Vegas 51s while the Dodgers are in Milwaukee April 18-19 as he continued his cautious move toward being activated. Manager Jim Tracy said he could throw up to 80 pitches and six innings for the 51s. … Wilson Alvarez, will throw one inning in an Extended Spring Training game Saturday. … Gagne isn't throwing yet, but continues to report improvement. … Scott Erickson makes his second start of the season tonight against the Padres. After posting a 2.10 ERA in 30 spring-training innings, Erickson gave up six runs to Arizona -- and four homers -- in his first start April 9.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA--The 51s defeated Colorado Springs 6-4 in their home opener before a crowd of 7,929. Heath Totten improved to 1-1 with 7 strong innings, allowing 4 hits, 1 run and striking out 6. He also had a RBI double in the second inning. Left fielder Chin-Feng Chen (3-for-4, 3 RBI), increased his 51s all-time career home run lead with his 73rd and 74th home runs. He hit a solo shot in the first inning when he and second baseman Joe Thurston went back-to-back. Chen later slugged a two-run shot in the seventh inning to give Las Vegas a 6-1 lead. Willy Aybar was 2-for-3 and has hit safely in all 7 games. Cody Ross was 2-for-4 with a RBI triple.

JACKSONVILLE, Florida-–The Suns committed five errors in a 7-4 loss to the Mississippi Braves in front of 6,813 fans. The Suns (4-4) had just gone ahead in the bottom of the sixth when Tydus Meadows doubled home two runs but was thrown out trying to reach third base to end the inning. It gave the Suns a 4-3 advantage, but a triple off Suns reliever Alfredo Gonzalez (1-1) cleared the bases and erased the Suns' lead. Starter Derek Thompson again set a career-high in strikeouts, fanning 11 batters and walking none in six innings. He allowed a go-ahead run on a double in the sixth, but the 3-2 Braves advantage was wiped away by Meadows' hit. SUNS SPOTS--The Suns' five errors were the most since the team committed six May 13, 2003, vs. Orlando. …Suns starting pitchers have yet to win this season. …OF Derek Michaelis started 0-for-12, but snapped the skid with a ninth inning single. …OF Todd Donovan has reached base in all eight games, but had his six-game hitting streak snapped, going 0-for-3 with a walk. …18-year-old Jesus Soto became the youngest player in the Southern League this season as he struck out looking as a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning.

DAYTONA BEACH, Florida--The Dodgers rallied to tie the game in the 8th Inning but Daytona bounced back to win in 10th to snap Vero Beach's 3-game winning streak. Cory Dunlap had another sparkling game at the plate, going 3-for-4 with the game-tying single in the 8th. Daytona scored two runs in the first inning off rehabbing starter Joel Hanrahan with the help of an error. Vero took the lead back in the 2nd Inning. Dunlap started it off with a single, but was forced by Mike Nixon. A.J. Ellis lived on an error and Ryan Russ walked to load the bases. Tony Abrue singled to put the Dodgers on the board. Chin-lung Hu then reached on a second error that scored tied the game and Anthony Raglani grounded drive in the go-ahead run, making it 3-2. The Cubs regained the lead in the 4th, scoring twice. Andy LaRoche led off the bottom of the 8th with a double to left. One out later Dunlap delivered the single to tie the score at four. Mayke Cabrera followed with a pinch hit single and Ellis walked the load the bases. But the next two Dodgers struck out. COLUMBUS, Georgia--The Rome Braves sent 15 men to the plate and tallied a nine-run fourth inning against two Catfish pitchers as the Braves won 10-2, to even the series. The Braves did all their damage against starting Catfish pitcher Javy Guerra (0-1) and reliever Phil Sobkow. After only giving up one run through the first three innings, Guerra could only record one out in the fourth. He left after giving up seven runs and four hits in 3.1 innings. Sobkow could only get one Braves batter out after relieving Guerra. He gave up three runs on three hits and walked three batters. Brian Akin did provide a strong 4.1 innings in relief and allowed one hit and struck out two. James Peterson was 2-for-4 for the Catfish with a double and a towering two-run home run that cleared the clubhouse in right field. Jamie Hoffmann, Travis Denker and B.J. Richmond had one hit each. Notes--Friday game drew 1,176 fans after producing 1,307 fans in the home opener on Thursday. Last year the Catfish never had back-to-back games with more than 1,000 fans in attendance.

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