Dodgers Sent Four Pitchers to Minors

ST. LUCIE, Florida-- "OK, leave the regulars at home, these youngsters did just fine," one fan said leaving the park at St. Lucie Monday after the Dodgers -- without a regular in the lineup -- smacked 19 hits of various length in a 12-3 victory, the teams' 13th of the spring season. With seven games on the schedule, they are certain to top the 14-14 record of 2005.

Eleven different players joined the fun as Jason Repko went 4-for-4, Olmedo Saenz was 3-for-3 and pitcher Brett Tomko hit the trifecta, allowing three runs, homering to knock in three runs and winning his third game. Mixed in the 19 hits were a pair of homers, a triple and three triples.

A six-run fourth inning, keyed by Tomko's blast into a sharp wind with two men on, put the game on ice, a feeling that many at the park felt personally,

Saenz homered in the first with Repko on base with a bunt single. The Mets cut the lead to 2-1 with a homer before the six-run avalanche did them in.

Saenz, who was dubbed "The Killer Tomato" by Charlie Steiner on the Dodger broadcast, smacked a double to open the fourth. Willie Aybar tripled and after Russell Martin walked, Tomko whacked a shot into the wind, his first home run in a major league game, exhibition or not.

Oscar Robles walked, Repko made it a cycle for the inning with a single and Joel Guzman also singled, scoring Robles. Saenz, knowing a hot hand went it is dealt, singled for his second safety of the inning, driving home Repko.

The wind knocked down probable home runs by Guzman and Ross earlier in the game or the damage would have been greater.

Cody Ross joined the fun in the sixth with an RBI double and Martin walked with the bases loaded to make it 10-3. Blake DeWitt singled to score Ross who was on with his second double of he game, in the eighth and rookies Tony Ruggiano and Bruce Cole singled in the ninth, driving in Pat Borders who is nearly as old as both of them put together,

The pyrotechnics masked the strong pitching of Tomko (three runs, five strikeouts in five), and shutouts by Lance Carter (two innings), Yhency Brazoban and Danys Baez (one inning each).

Los Angeles plays consecutive home games against Detroit and Washinton, then breaks came with a split-squad game against Houston at Kissimmee, Florida, and a contest in Las Vegas with Seattle. Three games with California complete the spring exercises.
  Dodgers       ab r h bi ave
Robles ss-1b     4 1 0 0 .205
  Rohan 1b       1 0 1 0 .429
Repko cf         4 3 4 0 .320
  Ruggiano       2 0 0 0 .000
Guzman lf        3 1 1 1 .296
  Ruglani lf     2 0 1 0 .500
Sanez 1b         3 2 3 3 .364
  Bruce ss       3 0 1 1 .333
Ross rf          6 1 2 1 .333
Aybar 3b         5 1 2 1 .216
Martinez 2b      3 0 1 0 .317
  DeWitt 2b      1 0 1 1 .429
Martin c         2 1 0 1 .324
  Carter p       0 0 0 0 1.000
  Langill c      1 0 0 0 .000
  Brazoban p     0 0 0 0 .000
  Baez p         0 0 0 0 .000
Tomko p          2 1 1 3 .333
  Borders c      2 1 1 0 .217
  Dodgers    44 12 19 12 .263
  Mets       33  3  6  3 .277

  Score by innings:
Dodgers  200 602 011-12
Mets     010 110 000-  3

  Errors- Mets 1. 2b hits-Repko (4), Saenz
(3), Ross 2 (4). 3b hit-Aybar (1). HR-Saenz
(1), Tomko (1). LOB- Dodgers 11, Mets 4.
DP- Mets 2. 

  Dodgers      in h r-er bb so era
Tomko (w, 3-0) 5.0 5 3-3 0 5 2.16
Carter         2.0 0 0-0 0 1 1.38
Brazoban       1.0 0 0-0 1 1 6.48
Baez           1.0 1 0-0 0 1 1.80
  Dodgers    9.0  6  3-3 1 8 3.76
  Mets       9.0 19 12-12 6 7 4.84
  Time- 2:45. Attendance- 4,838
Roster Moves-- The Dodgers sent pitchers Tim Hamulak, D.L. Houlton, Jonathan Broxton and Kelly Wunsch to Las Vegas.

Dodger Blue Notes-- Manager Grady Little reported that catcher Dioner Navarro will probably not be place on the disabled list but that catcher Sandy Alomar would still open the season aganst the Braves. Navarro will play in the final spring game in Vero Beach on Wednesday…He also decided to keep infielder Ramon Martinez. Under Martinez's contract, he would become a free agent if not placed on the major league roster. Oscar Robles could become the shortstop at Las Vegas. …Lefthander Odalis Perez pitched on the minor league side of Dodgertown on Sunday, in effect hiding him from Atlanta who he will face in the opening game of the Freeway Series in Los Angeles. Perez worked into the fifth inning, throwing 62 pitches, before giving up a double and a home run to the final two batters he faced. Catcher Sandy Alomar pointed out that Perez threw five fastballs in a row in the fifth inning after using his curve and change earlier in the game. "That was the only reason for the hits," said Alomar.