Bill Mueller added a two-run double in the five-run sixth, and Olmedo Saenz had a two-run homer among his three hits and drove in four runs. Saenz went 8-for-14 with two homers and seven RBI as the teams split the four-game series, combining for 18 homers -- nine by the Dodgers -- in what was billed to be a pitchers' park.
Ross made the Opening Day roster simply because Kenny Lofton came up with a stiff muscle in his calf. Now Lofton's nearly ready to return to active duty and it was the consensus of opinion that Ross, the 25th man on the roster, would be traded, claimed by another club outrighted back to Triple-A.
Little allowed that perhaps the Dodgers might cut back to 11 pitchers so that they could keep the young outfielder. Little said that perhaps more work for the bullpen would sort things out for the club and that could mean someone catching the bus to Las Vegas. Like Franquelis Osoria with a 12.27 ERA or Yhency Brazoban whose sore shoulder hasn't allowed him to be effective.
"I want to stay here forever. I want to play for this organization and for the city. But I have no control over that. Normally, you're day-to-day. I'm minute-to-minute. I'm just trying to help my team win and figure everything else will take care of itself. And I just want to make it tough on whoever is making the decision." -- Cody Ross to MLB.com
Saenz, who seems to become Jimmy Foxx when he plays in PCN park, went 3-for-4 with four RBI, running his series total 8-for-14 with two homers and seven RBI and his career record to 19-for-34 with six home runs and 19 RBI.
If the two homers gives him his lucky break, he has some coming.
His first home run was a grand slam for Detroit and doubled in his next time at bat but he blew his knee beating out a bunt the same day. Tigers because they traded him to the Dodgers toward the end of spring training 2004 for reliever Steve Colyer.
Then he was injured in a freak play at the plate during 2005 spring training and suffered a gash on his knee. After he made his way back into the lineup he suffered a broken bone in his arm that sidelined him for a second time. At the end of he season got hot again and was hitting well but he was hit by a pitch and spent he last month of the season rehabbing.
Ross' seven RBI runs batted in matched Shawn Green's bid day in Milwaukee in 2002 when he had six hits and four home runs. had seven while hitting four home runs in Milwaukee May 23, 2002.
Starter Derek Lowe (1-1) was pitching on three days' rest and gave up four runs, although only were two earned, and six hits in six innings, but enjoyed his first win courtesy of the new power source. Tim Hamulak and Takashi Saito worked scoreless innings but Osoria allowed three hits and a run.
Los Angeles returned to meet the Giants Friday (tonight) with Brad Penny taking the ball in the long-lived rivalry.
Dodgers ab r h bi ave Furcal SS 4 1 1 0 .244 Martinez SS 1 0 0 0 .312 Repko CF 4 1 2 0 .333 Cruz, LF 4 2 2 0 .385 Kent 2B 5 2 1 0 .229 Saenz 1B 4 3 3 4 .455 Hamulack P 0 0 0 0 .000 Osoria P 0 0 0 0 .000 *Ledee PH 1 0 0 0 .167 Saito P 0 0 0 0 .000 Mueller 3B 4 2 1 2 .444 Ross RF 5 2 3 7 .500 Navarro C 5 0 2 0 .217 Lowe P 3 0 0 0 .000 Loney 1B 1 0 0 0 .240 Totals 41 13 15 13 Pitts. 35 5 9 4 Score by innings Dodgers 002 045 200-13 Pittsburgh 000 220 010- 5 Error- Furcal. 2B- Saenz (2), Mueller (3), Navarro (2). HR- Ross 2 (2), Saenz (2). RBI- Saenz 4 (11), Ross 7 (9), Mueller 2 (10). LOB Dodgers 10, Pittsburgh. SB- Repko (3), Pittsburgh 1. CS: Repko (1). DP- Dodgers 2 (Furcal, Kent and Saenz; Martinez, Kent and Loney). Dodgers in h r-er bb so era Lowe (W,1-1) 6.0 6 4-2 3 5 5.82 Hamulack 1.0 0 0-0 1 2 0.00 Osoria 1.0 3 1-1 0 0 12.27 Saito 1.0 0 0-0 0 0 0.00 WP-Lowe. HBP-Saenz. T-3:10. Att-18,134.