Washington Finally Stops Dodgers

The game was scoreless until the fifth inning when Washington tapped starter Randy Wolf for three runs. LA score their single run in the sixth to keep it close but six Nationals runs in the eighth put the game away.

Dodger pitching allowed the Nationals to score in only two innings and they took advantage of that scoring three in the third and six in the eighth.

Overall, the four pitchers gave up nine hits and walked eight as Washington won their first game in four meetings with Los Angeles this spring.

Randy Wolf made his fourth start of the season and said his fastball was moving too much in the first two innings. "I finally got the fastball located and that allowed me to use other pitches as my 'out' pitches.

"In the fifth I left a changeup up in the zone and paid for it but all-in-all it was a pretty good start."

He made 86 pitches, about his target number, and "now it's just a matter of tightening things up."

A fine hitter, he also got a couple trips to the plate but came up empty. "It was good to get back in the box, but they weren't pretty."

Rudy Seanez closed out the fifth for Wolf, then added another scoreless inning to his ledger. He has now worked 6.1 innings and has a perfect 0.00 ERA.

Takashi Saito, making up for lost time due to an injury earlier in the season, allowed one hit in his scoreless inning and will pitch back-to-back today (Tuesday) for the first time this spring season.

Jonathan Broxton walked his first man of the spring in the ninth and later on a single to right, rookie outfielder Adam Godwin nearly nailed the runner at third. Broxton then walked the third man he faced to load the bases with none out

Broxton, who appeared to be working on his split-finger fastball, walked a run without coming within the same zip code of the plate.

When you are struggling, things seem to pile up and when he finally coaxed a soft fly ball it dropped into right field for a two-run single and Manager Grady Little gave him the rest of the afternoon off, his neat 3.00 earned run average having swelled to 18.00.

Elmer Dessens came in to strike out the first batter but gave up a broken-bat single up the middle to score two and close the book on Broxton.

By this time the mound was quite hopelessly jinxed and Dessens gave up a run of his own and the Nationals, using four hits and four walks, scored five and led 9-1.

L.A. got a pair of walks a stolen base and two singles in the first inning but didn't get a run out of it. In the sixth they loaded the bases with none out and managed only one run, when Larry Bigbie out-ran a double play ball to earn the RBI.

Of their eight hits, Nomar Garciaparra, Luis Gonzalez and Bigbie each had a pair.

The Dodgers went quietly in the ninth and bussed home from Viera with a 13-8 record.

The Dodgers return to Holman Stadium for three games, opening with the St. Louis Cardinals tonight (Tuesday).
 Score by innings
Dodgers	       000 001 000-1
Nationals      000 030 06x-9

 Dodgers	                ab  r  h  bi  ave
Rafael Furcal ss	       3  0  1  0  .429	
 Luis Maza 2b	               0  0  0  0  1.000
Juan Pierre cf	               4  0  0  0  .412	
 Adam Godwin cf  	       0  0  0  0  .000
Nomar Garciaparra 1b	       4  1  2  0  .276	
 Takashi Saito p	       0  0  0  0  .000
 Jon Broxton p	               0  0  0  0  .000	
 Elmer Dessens p	       0  0  0  0  .000
Jeff Kent 2b	               2  0  1  0  .333
 Matt Kemp lf	               0  0  0  0  .189
Luis Gonzalez lf	       2  0  2  0  .381
 Andy LaRoche ph	       1  0  0  0  .216
Wilson Betemit 3b	       3  0  0  0  .227
 Wilson Valdez 3b	       1  0  0  0  .372
Larry Bigbie rf	               4  0  2  1  .342
Kelly Stinett c	               3  0  0  0  .227
 Sandy Martinez c	       0  0  0  0  .062
Randy Wolf p	               2  0  0  0  .000
 Rudy Seanez p	               0  0  0  0  .000
 Ramon Martinez ph-1b          1  0  0  0  .235
   Totals	              33  1   8  1
  Washington	              30  9  10  9

 RBI- Bigbie (1). SB- Furcal (1). 
LOB- Dodgers 8, Nationals 6.
DP- Kent, Furcal and Garciaparra.

 Dodgers	 in   h  r-er  bb  so  era
Wolf (1-1)	  4.2  4   3-3   3  1  4.76
Seanez	          1.1  1   0-0   1  1  0.00
Saito	          1.0  1   0-0   0  1  0.00
Broxton	          0.0  2   5-5   3  0 18.00
Dessens	          1.0  1   1-1   1  2  2.25
 PB- Stinett. T- 2:44.  Att- 3,657.

Hendrickson Wanted-- With Colorado looking for a starting pitcher, they seem to be willing to trade righthander Josh Fogg and the Dodgers are willing to move big lefty Mark Hendrickson. Florida is also interested in Fogg, who is receiving $906,000. The Rockies have considered releasing him and paying a quarter of his salary.

Roster Moves-- The Dodgers reassigned IF Tony Abreu, OF Choo Freeman and pitchers Jonathan Meloan and Matt White. They optioned pitchers D.J. Houlton, Eric Stults and OF Delwyn Young.

Dodger Blue Notes-- Steve Henson is guessing that Brett Tomko will open the season as the fifth starter. He noted, "Although Tomko has thrown no more than three innings in any outing, he is on track to begin the season as a starter. The lengths of outings are determined by pitch counts, not the number of innings a pitcher throws. Tomko threw more than 70 pitches in his last start, and pitched a fourth inning in the bullpen after a recent start to hike his pitch count." …Brent Shyer at the remarkable Walteromalley.com website writes about the Dodgers upgrading their team airplane. An excerpt from early in the piece: "The Dodgers decided to find a larger airplane and this time a DC-3 was selected. How they acquired that plane may be part legend or the truth, as Bud Holman, the long-time Dodger pilot explains. "They were looking for something that Branch Rickey could have a bed in," said Holman. "About that time, the airlines were beginning to get rid of their DC-3s and move up to a bigger airplane. Eastern (Air Lines) had 60 DC-3s. My Dad (who was Eastern's representative at Vero Beach) said, 'Let's not buy one. I think I can probably just win one in a crap game.' Down in Miami, he was with (Eastern President) Eddie Rickenbacker. A lot of stuff went on in Miami that I wasn't party to. The word was that they rolled the dice, double or nothing, for a DC-3 down there and my Dad won it." If you haven't visited this website, you're missing some great stuff. ...

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