Five long Dodger Hits Drop Marlins 5-2

Most managers wish for "crooked numbers" on the scoreboard, thinking that anything less probably results in a loss. But the Dodgers disproved that theory, for a day at least, by scoring single runs in five of their eight innings and used strong pitching to win their eighth game of the spring against five losses.

After the Marlins stopped Aaron Sele's scoreless streak at 11 innings with a pair of runs in the third, the Dodgers scored on solo home runs by pinch-hitter Cody Ross (third), Bill Mueller (fifth), Joel Guzman (sixth), and EY Young (seventh), plus a run-scoring double by James Loney in the eighth.

Ross hit his team-leading fourth homer pinch-hitting for Sele. Mueller tied the game 2-2 in the fifth with his drive to left.

Guzman's shot was a stunning drive that cleared the scoreboard in left-center and was last seen heading for Tampa. It accounted for the eventual winning run, putting the Dodgers in front 3-2.

Joe Biemal struck out three in the fourth and Eric Gagne added another scoreless inning in the fifth. Gagne has not displayed his overpowering fastball as of yet, but used his slider, change and curveball to compliment a 90 mph heater.

Takashi Saito took over in the top of the sixth and was credited with the win. He gave up a pair of hits and no runs in two innings and fanned three, running the Dodger total to 10.

Tim Hamulak lowered his ERA to 1.50 when he blanked the Fish in the eighth and Franquelis Osoria earned the save with tthreeground balls in the ninth inning.

The four home runs gives Los Angeles 21 in their first 15 games, a pace that would result in 223 over a 162-game scheduled. The Brooklyn record for one season is 203 (1953) and the Los Angeles mark is 211 (2000).
  Dodgers      ab r h bi ave
Lofton cf       3 0 1 0 .176
  Martin c      1 0 0 0 .368
Garciaparra 1b  3 0 1 0 .172
  Saito p       0 0 0 0 .000
  #Martinez ph  1 0 0 0 .364
  Hamulak p     0 0 0 0 .000
  Osoria p      0 0 0 0 .000
Drew rf         3 0 1 0 .381
  ##Young pr-rf 1 1 1 1 .154
Kent 2b         3 0 0 0 .308
  Aybar 3b      0 0 0 0 .167
Guzman lf       3 1 1 1 .312
Mueller 3b      3 1 1 1 .304
  DeWitt 2b     1 0 0 0 .200
Alomar c        2 0 1 0 .273
  •Repko pr-cf  1 0 0 0 .333
Robles ss       3 1 2 0 .280
Sele p          0 0 0 0 .000
  *Ross ph      1 1 1 1 .300
  Biemel p      0 0 0 0 .000
  Gagne p       0 0 0 0 .000
  **Saenz       1 0 0 0 .000
  Loney 1b      1 0 1 1 .400
  Totals       31 5 11 5.254
  Florida      34 2  9 2.280

  Score by innings
Florida  002 000 000-2
Dodgers  001 011 11x-5

  *Homered for Sele in first. **Struck 
out for Gagne in fifth. #Grounded out 
for Saito in seventh. •Ran for Alomar 
in fifth. ##Ran for Drew in seventh.
  Errors-none.  2b hits-Loney (5). 
HR- Ross (4), Mueller (2), Guzman (2), 
Young (1). LOB-Florida 8, Dodgers 4. 
DP-(Mueller-Kent-Garciaparra). 
SB- Garciaparra. CS- Aybar.

Dodgers        in  h r-er bb so era
Sele           4.0 5 2-2  1  4 1.54
Beimel         1.0 1 1-1  0  3 1.93
Gagne          1.0 0 0-0  0  0 0.00
Saito (W, 1-0) 2.0 2 0-0  0  3 3.00
Hamulak        1.0 1 0-0  1  0 1.50
Osoria (sv)    1.0 0 0-0  0  0 3.00
  T- 2:36.  Att-5,930
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Happy Birthday II-- Happy birthday to one of the greatest Dodgers of them all, Harold "Pete" Reiser, who won the National League batting championship in 1941 at age 21. He crashed into the outfield walls around the National League nearly a dozen times and, coupled with a stint in the Army during WWII, was never again the same player. Former Dodger manager Leo Durocher said of Reiser, "He might have been the best player I ever managed," strong words for a manager who guided Willie Mays through his early years. Pete was a St. Patrick's baby and died in California during the 1981 World Series, October 25, 1981. Other birthdays: Paul Riconda (1887-1958) and Whitey Ock (1912-1975)

Milestone for Bruce-- Umpire Bruce Froemming, a Vero Beach native and a often-time umpire at Dodger spring games, is beginning his 36th Major League season, tying the record set by Hall of Fame Umpire Bill Klem.

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