Yesterday in Dodger Baseball -- April 19

Since moving to Los Angeles, the Dodger trademark has been strong pitching. That was again emphasized Monday night as five pitchers worked 31 innings, allowed 14 hits and six earned runs, posting a 1.74 earned run average and striking out 33 opposing hitters and winning four of the five games. Superior scouting and dedicated coaching overcomes all.

Brad Penny made a rehab start in Las Vegas and gave up two runs in six innings as the 51s earned a 9-5 win and a series sweep. Jacksonville's Chad Billingsley gave up a two out. bases-loaded triple over six innings, then retired the next 12 in order but lost 3-2. Chuck Tiffany continued his mastery over Florida State hitters by allowing only one hit in six as Vero won 7-0 and converted reliever Jesus Castillo pitched six scoreless innings and allowed three hits. He also struck out eight batters as Columbus won 4-0.

LAS VEGAS, Nevada--51s stopped Colorado 9-5, sweeping the four-game series and improving to 6-4. It was the first home opening series sweep for the franchise since the 1983 Stars swept Salt Lake City. Dodger right-hander Brad Penny recorded the victory in the Major League rehabilitation start, working six solid innings and allowing 5 hits and 2 runs, while striking out nine on 79 pitches (69 strikes). The 51s scored two runs in the first inning and three runs each in the fourth and eighth. Catcher Mike Rose led the 51s offense with a 2-for-4 effort, banging a double, home run and earning 4 RBI. Second baseman Tony Schrager was 2-for-4 (2 RBI) and hit his second home run in as many days. Right-hander Aquilino Lopez pitched the final 1.1 innings and allowed 2 runs to pick up his second save.

HOOVER, Alabama--A two-out, bases-clearing triple off starter Chad Billingsley gave the Barons a 3-0 lead and they road it out to a 3-2 win. Billingsley (0-1) retired the next 12 batters in a row but earned the loss, pitching a season-long 6.2 innings and allowing only four hits while striking out six. The Suns (5-6) scored single runs in the fifth and sixth. Russell Martin singled home Todd Donovan, but was thrown out trying to stretch it into a double, ending the fifth inning. Tydus Meadows doubled in Delwyn Young but Derek Michaelis was thrown out trying to score the tying run in the sixth. On the final play of the game, James Loney's low line drive was caught and Donovan was doubled off third base. SUNS SPOTS--The Suns hit six doubles, but stranded 10 runners, eight of which in scoring position. …The Suns were caught stealing twice in the first two innings. …Donovan stole his seventh base in the ninth inning, which leads the league.

VERO BEACH, Florida--Chuck Tiffany worked six shutout innings en route to his third win in as many starts and Andy LaRoche went 4-4 with his second home run of the season to give the Dodgers a 7-0 over Palm Beach. Vero moved to 6-5 on the season, the first time they have been above .500 since an Opening Night win. Tiffany, recently named the Florida State League Pitcher of the Week for his 2-0 start, began the night striking out four of the first six and five of the first eight Cardinals. The only hit he allowed Monday night was a leadoff double in the fourth inning. The Dodgers kicked things off in the first. Tony Abreu led off with a walk and stole second. He advanced to third on a ground out, then scored on a sacrifice fly by Anthony Raglani. Vero picked up another run in the fourth when Andy LaRoche singled and later scored on wild pitch. Justin Ruggiano, who went 3-for-4, scored on a wild pitch in the fifth inning. In the sixth. LaRoche and Cory Dunlap led off the inning with back-to-back doubles. Dunlap, who went 2-for-4, advanced to third on an error. Mayke Cabrera singled him home one out later to make it 5-0. In the 7th the Dodgers continued their attack as Raglani drew a one-out walk before LaRoche hammered a home run to center field to cap the scoring. It was the second of the season for LaRoche, who raised his batting average to .312.

CHARLESTON, S.C.--Jesus Castillo was slated to be a long reliever for the Catfish, but an injury to first-round draft pick Scott Elbert forced Castillo (1-1) and it may be impossible to send him back to the bullpen. He combined with Zach Hammes to shut out the RiverDogs 4-0 in a game that took a brisk two hours and eight minutes to complete. He became the first Catfish (3-8) starter to notch a win this season. The 6-foot-1, 178-pounder from Tucson, Ariz., pitched six scoreless innings and allowed three hits. He also struck out eight batters. He pitched around two Catfish errors and allowed only three runners to get in scoring position on Monday night. Elbert has been battling a strained right abdominal muscle that forced him to the disabled list on April 9. Hammes pitched effectively and recorded his first career save after pitching three scoreless innings and allowing only one hit. Hammes, called up when Elbert was placed on the disabled list, has only allowed two hits in 6 1/3 innings out of the bullpen. Third baseman Blake DeWitt went 2-for-4 with two RBI. He had a RBI single in the fourth to drive in Brandon Carter and a run-scoring double to knock home Jamie Hoffmann in the fifth. Hoffmann and catcher Gabriel Gutierrez had two hits a piece to help Columbus snap a three-game losing streak. Tomorrow marks the second "Go Home Yankees" Night at Golden Park. All fans donning Red Sox gear get in the ballpark for free. Fans wearing Yankee gear will be admitted for one dollar.

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