Dodgers Bashed 13-0 by St. Louis

VERO BEACH, Fla.-- It was like a frightening scene out of Alfred Hitchcock's movie "The Birds" with Cardinals fluttering everywhere -- particularly on the bases -- pecking the Dodgers to a 13-0 death. An unlucky 13 hits and three Dodger errors led to the L.A. demise.

In the first three of four meetings this spring between the old rivals, St. Louis has outscored the Dodgers 25-4, the Los Angeles winning a 3-2 decision on March 15. They meet for the final time in Florida on March 27.

St. Louis had 20 baserunners during the game and scored in six different innings while limiting Los Angeles to six hits by six different batters, all singles excepting a double by Jeff Kent.

Six Dodger pitchers were indiscriminately battered during the mild evening before a sellout crowd of 6,835, many of them wearing Cardinal red.

Mark Hendrickson, subject of trade rumors, started and if his substitution for scheduled starter Jason Schmidt was a 'showcase" it didn't work out all that well.

He allowed only five hits with a single run crossing the plate in the second before Preston Wilson and Eli Marraro doubled and Yadier Molina slammed a home run to left.

Chin-hui Tsao had allowed one run over six appearances and six innings before taking over in the sixth and allowing a pair of runs on a walk, double and single.

Takashi Saito served up a home run in the seventh -- the first run he had allowed this spring -- and Jonathan Broxton couldn't get out of the eighth, leaving after allowing a pair of hits and two walks.

But the worst was yet to come.

Joe Beimel, who retired the side ion the eighth for Broxton, gave up a double off the left field fence before Marlon Anderson threw wildly on the routine bouncer to second.

Then Anderson went into the hole, scooped up the ball and quickly snapped a throw to second attempting a double play but shortstop Wilson Valdez was nowhere in the vicinity and the ball bounced into the Dodgers bullpen.

A two-run single, a run-scoring fielder's choice and a double finished a frustrated Beimel and Albert Bastardo was quickly summoned to the mound and was met by another two-run single before finally ending the ugly inning.

Dodger hits came in the third by Rafael Furcal after a walk to Andre Ethier; a double by Kent and a single from Matt Kemp in the fourth; and singles by Nomar Garciaparra in the sixth; a by Luis Gonzalez n the seventh and by Russell Martin in the ninth.

St. Louis double plays nullified threats in the second, sixth, seventh and ninth.

The third loss in a row dropped Los Angeles to 13-9

Another capacity crowd is expected tonight (Wednesday) as the Dodgers host their second-in-a-row night game at Holman Stadium against the Mets with Brad Penny making his fourth start of the spring.
 Score by innings
Cardinals      010 030 115-13	
Dodgers	       000 000 000- 0

 Dodgers	        ab  r  h  bi  ave
Rafael Furcal ss	3  0  1  0  .412	
 Wilson Valdez ss	1  0  0  0  .364
Russell Martin c	4  0  1  0  .257
Nomar Garciaparra 1b	3  0  1  0  .281	
 James Loney pr-1b	1  0  0  0  .400
Jeff Kent 2b	        3  0  1  0  .333
 Marlon Anderson 2b	1  0  0  0  .000
Luis Gonzalez lf	3  0  1  0  .375
 Andy LaRoche pr-lf	0  0  0  0  .216
Matt Kemp cf	        3  0  1  0  .200
 Joe Beimel p	        0  0  0  0  .000
 Albert Bastardo p	0  0  0  0  .000
Andre Ethier rf	        2  0  0  0  .343
 Larry Bigbie rf	0  0  0  0  .359
Wilson Betemit 3b       3  0  0  0  .211
 Sergio Garcia 3b	0  0  0  0  1.000
Mark Hendrickson p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Olmedo Saenz ph	0  0  0  0  .333
 Chen-hiu Tsao p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Takashi Saito p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Jon Broxton p	        0  0  0  0  .000
 Xavier Paul cf	        0  0  0  0  .250
 Ramon Martinez ph	1  0  0  0  .211
 Marshall McDougall cf	0  0  0  0  .000
  Totals	       28   0   6   0	
  St. Louis	       42  13  13  13

 Errors- Anderson 2 (2), Valdez 
(5). 2b hits-Kent (1). S- 
Hendrickson. LOB- Dodgers 4, 
Cardinals 6. 

 Dodgers	        in   h  r-er  bb  so  era
Hendrickson (1-1)	5.0  5  4-4  0  5  5.40
Tsao	                1.0  2  2-2  1  0  3.86
Saito	                1.0  1  1-1  0  0  1.80
Broxton	                0.2  1  1-0  2  0  14.73
Beimel	                1.0  3  5-1  0  0  4.50
Bastardo	        0.1  1  0-0  0  0  0.00
 T- 2:38.  Att- 6,834.

Dodgers to Carry 11 Pitchers-- Manager Grady Little reports that the club will carry 11 pitches when the season opens, creating a 14th opening for a position player. Now the chase narrows down to first baseman James Loney, outfielder Larry Bigbie and infielder Wilson Valdez. Loney, a potential gold-glove first baseman hit .380 last year at Las Vegas and .420 this spring, and although he has the most upside of the three, he also has an option and that makes him the easiest to drop from the big club but still not lose. Bigbie has had a good spring (.349 and team-leading 11 RBI). He has a minor league contract that will allow him to leave the club March 28 if he is not on the 25-man roster. Valdez is out of options and will also probably be lost if he's not on the opening day roster.

The 11 pitchers have pretty well been selected: starters Derek Lowe, Randy Wolf, Jason Schmidt and Brad Penny will be in action the first part of the season when, with a number of open dates, a fifth starter is not needed; relievers will include Takashi Saito, Jonathan Broxton, Joe Beimel, Chad Billingsley and Elmer Dessens; and fifth starter/long relievers Brett Tomko and Mark Hendrickson.

Hong-Chih Kuo and Rudy Seanez only have a chance of making the team if there is a trade or an injury.

Ethier Noticed-- The Hardball Times, outlining the top young corner outfielders in 2007, had this to say about Andre Ethier: "Ethier just qualifies for this list because he turns 25 in a couple of weeks. Although he didn't get much seasoning at Triple-A in either the Oakland or Dodgers organization, he made an impact with a .308/.365/.477 performance last year. He probably won't hit .300 again because he benefited from an above-average batting average on balls in play, but even if he is a .280 hitter, he is capable of average on-base skills and power production from a left fielder. Ethier might be much better than that if a sore shoulder affected him as much as he says it did last September, when he hit .143 with only one extra-base hit."

Dodger Blue Notes--Outfielder Jason Repko (strained right groin) played center field in a minor league intrasquad game Tuesday and said there were no problems. He did not bat but may be set for a possible return to Grapefruit games. … Pitcher Jason Schmidt's scheduled start Tuesday was been changed to a simulated game on the back fields so Mark Hendrickson, a fifth-starter candidate, can start the regular game. Some feel Hendrickson is being showcased for a trade. …The Devil Rays optioned former Dodger minor league player of the year Joel Guzman to Triple-A Durham on Monday. The 22-year-old infielder/outfielder was sent to the Rays, along with outfielder Sergio Pedroza, in a July trade last season that sent shortstop Julio Lugo to the Dodgers. Lugo left as a free agent after the season, signing with Boston and all the Dodgers have to show for the deal is Boston's first-round draft pick in the June draft and a bonus pick at the end of the first round.

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