Betemit Boots Benefit Braves

Los Angeles dropped their first exhibition game of the spring by a 7-2 margin to the Braves at Disney Land Sports Complex in Orlando. Third baseman Wilson Betemit misplayed two ground balls and each cost a run, handing young Chad Billingsley the loss.

Starter Randy Wolf allowed a run in his second, and final, inning of work and the first error gave the Braves a 2-0 margin. After the Dodgers tied the game in the third, Betemit's second mistake gave the Braves a margin they would never relinquish.

After the Dodgers only scoring inning, they managed only two singles and a double in their final 20 official at-bats.

The first hit of the game came when Wolf gave up a Charlie Brown single (line shot through the box, glove one way, cap the other), then didn't allow another hard-hit ball in the first inning, although catcher Brayen Pena beat out an infield single and the Braves left the bases loaded.

A couple singles and a sac fly put the Braves on the board in the second but Wolf closed things out with just one tally.

Andre Ethier singled to right to lead off the third, recording the first Dodger hit of the spring but nothing came of it.

Chad Billingsley was charged with an unearned run in the third after Wilson Betemit couldn't hold a bouncer to third base.

Los Angeles got untracked in the fourth when Juan Pierre beat out a perfect bunt and Matt Kemp doubled deep off the right field wall. Olmedo Saenz singled off the shortstop's glove to drive in Pierre.

Choo Freeman ran for Saenz and stole second as Betemit fanned. Freeman scored to tie the game on Russell Martin's grounder behind second but Ethier bounced out to end the inning.

Betemit booted another ball to lead off the fourth. A wild pitch and a trickler down third base that went for a hit scored Atlanta's second unearned run.

Travis Smith pitched scoreless fifth but was tagged for three runs in the sixth and L.A. trailed 6-2 into the seventh.

Chin-hui Tsao gave up a stinging double into the corner on the first pitch of the seventh inning. Despite hitting 96 on the speed gun-- tops for the Dodgers this day -- he was tagged for three hits and a run.

The defensive play of the afternoon for the Dodgers came when shortstop Wilson Valdez dashed into short left attempting to catch a looping liner. The ball dropped safely but he grabbed it on the bounce and threw to Tony Abreu at second for a force play.

Lefty Tim Hamulak pitched a scoreless eighth inning.
 Score by innings
Dodgers	000 200 000-2
Braves	011 103 10x-7


 Dodgers	          ab r  h  bi  ave
Rafael Furcal ss	  2  0  0  0  .000
 Billingsley p	          0  0  0  0  .000	
 Jason Repko ph	          1  0  0  0  .000
 Larry Bigbee lf	  1  0  1  0  1.000
Juan Pierre cf	          2  0  1  0  .500
 James Loney 1b	          2  0  0  0  .000
Matt Kemp lf	          3  1  1  1  .333
 Chin-hui Tsao	          0  0  0  0  .000
 Travis Smith p		  0  0  0  0  .000
 Damian Jackson ph	  1  0  0  0  .000
 Tim Hamulak p	          0  0  0  0  .000
Olmedo Saenz 1b	          2  0  1  1  .500
 Choo Freeman pr-cf       1  0  0  0  .000
Wilson Betemit 3b	  2  0  0  0  .000
 Andy LaRoche 3b	  2  0  0  0  .000
Russell Martin c	  2  0  0  1  .000
 Sandy Martinez c	  2  0  0  0  .000	
Andre Ethier rf	          2  0  1  0  .500
 Delwyn Young rf	  2  0  0  0  .000
Ramon Martinez 2b	  2  0  1  0  .500
 Tony Abreu pr-2b         1  0  0  0  .000
Randy Wolf p	          0  0  0  0  .000	
  Tatis ph	          1  0  0  0  .000  
 Wilson Valdez ss	  2  0  1  0  .500
  Totals		 33  2   5  2  
  Braves	         38  7  15  7			

  E-Betemit 2, Valdez. 2b hits-Kemp, 
Valdez. LOB-Dodgers 5, Braves 12.
SB-Freeman. DP-Smith, Valdez and
Loney; Valdez, Abreu and Loney.


 Pitching	 in h  r-er  bb  so era
Wolf		 2  4  1-1  1  0  4.50
Billingsley      2  3  2-0  0  1  0.00
Smith            2  4  3-3  1  1  13.50
Tsao	         1  3  1-1  0  1  4.50
Hamulak	         1  1  0-0  1  0  0.00
 WP-Billingsley. T-2:30. A-5,442.
Dodger Blue Notes-- The Dodgers got underway after some 144 days after the New York Mets eliminated them from the National League Division Playoffs. …Dodger Manager Grady Little was a coach and manager in the Braves minor league system. During his minor league career he recorded a 1,054-903 record and has a 276-210 major league managing record, the highest percentage (.539) of any manager in Major League baseball. … Dodger minor league pitchers and catchers reported to Dodgertown and the position players will arrive on March 7. The first full workout will be held March 9.

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