Mets Thump L.A. 13-2 Holman Finale

The Dodger's flew out of Florida Wednesday night after playing a 3-3 tie with Detroit, taking all of the regulars and most of the rest of the 40-man roster with them, leaving only a very young squad to face the Mets.

And for four innings they kept pace, tying the game twice before New York fell on them four 10 runs in the fifth and sixth inning, then coasted to an easy win.

Los Angeles has only three more exhibition games on the schedule, all against the Angels in the traditional Freeway Series.

Outfielder David Newhan led off against LA starter Joe Mays with a home run but outfielder Matt Kemp tied the game in the second inning with his third homer of the year.

New York tagged Mays for another run in the third but James Loney's sacrifice fly scored Mays, who had walked and advance to third on one of Chin-Lung Hu's three hits.

Mays left after four having battled Brent Maine even at that point.

But disaster was waiting around the corner. Wesley Wright took over in the fifth and was battered for four runs before turning the game over to Casey Hoorelbeke, who was tagged for three homers and six runs.

Luis E. Gonzalez allowed a run in the seventh before Brian Akin and Mark Alexander put zeros on the board in the eighth and ninth.

Marlon Anderson had a pair of singles and Hu was the only other Dodger with multiple hits, boosting his average to .381. Mitch Jones took over for Loney and added a double.
 Score by innings
NY Mets	101 064 100-13
Dodgers	011 000 000- 2

 Dodgers	       ab  r  h  bi ave
Chin-Lung Hu ss	        5  0  3  0  .381
Marlon Anderson lf	3  0  2  0  .182
 Wilkin Ruan lf	        1  0  0  0  .000
James Loney 1b	        2  0  0  1  .406
 Mitch Jones 1b	        1  0  1  0  .286
Matt Kemp rf	        3  1  1  1  .237
 Luis E. Gonzalez p	0  0  0  0  .000  
 Brian Akin p	        0  0  0  0  .000  
 Ryan Rogowski ph	1  0  0  0  .000
 Mark Alexander p	0  0  0  0  .000
Choo Freeman cf	        4  0  0  0  .167
Marshall McDougall 3b	4  0  0  0  .182
Sandy Martinez c	2  0  0  0  .050
 Wesley Wright p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Casey Hoorelbeke p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Luke Allen rf  	1  0  0  0  .000
Luis Maza 2b	        4  0  1  0  .429
Joe Mays p	        0  1  0  0  .000
 Ken Huckaby c	        3  0  1  0  .200
    Totals	       35   2   9   2
    MY Mets	       40  13  16  13

 2b hits- Jones (1). HR- Kemp (3). 
RBI- Kemp (6), Loney (6). SF- Loney. 
LOB-Dodgers 8, Mets 6. DP- Martinez 
and Maza; Hu, Maza and Jones.

 Dodgers	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Mays	        4.0  6  2-2  1  5  4.76
Wright (0-1)	0.2  3  4-4  1  0  54.00
Hoorlebeke	1.1  4  6-6  1  2  40.50
Gonzalez	1.0  3  1-1  1  1  9.00
Akin	        1.0  0  0-0  0  0  0.00
Alexander	1.0  0  0-0  0  0  0.00
 T-2:35. Att- 5,082.
Wills Can Relate-- Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, noted, "With James Loney possibly facing a return to Triple-A after batting .380 last year, the trip to Lakeland reminded Maury Wills of getting cut in 1959 by the Tigers after he was sold conditionally for $30,000 by the Dodgers, who didn't think he could become a Major Leaguer. Wills was sent back to the Dodgers' Minor League camp and back to Triple-A for his eighth Minor League season.

"After that rejection, Wills told Gurnick, "the key was that when I went down, I had great respect for my manager in Spokane, Bobby Bragan, and I went down with a good frame of mind and didn't get dejected. That was the key, because I didn't sulk. I hit .313, and when Bob Lillis slumped and Don Zimmer broke a toe and they needed a shortstop, I was ready.

"[Loney] knows he deserves to be here on his performance, but he's caught up in a numbers game. You can't have a prospect like that sitting on the bench. That's what happened to Willie Crawford and Joe Moeller and they never developed the way they could have."

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