Dodgers Escape Milwaukee With 5-4 Win

Like the old song, "The Weather Outside is Frightful" but the game inside was plenty hot after a tight pitcher's duel turned into to a sizzling, two-inning contest in the eighth and ninth. However, the Dodgers hung on to win a 5-4 decision and were happy to get out of town with a win after going 2-for-19 with runners in scoring position over the three-game series.

Jason Schmidt worked his first game in Dodger Blue and although he struggled in the fifth -- three walks -- he battled through to allow just three hits and a single run. He eventually got the win, but things were nip and tuck down to the final out.

Juan Pierre beat out a bunt, Russell Martin laced a single to right on a hit-and-run and Nomar Garciaparra's sac fly put the Dodgers up 1-0. Jeff Kent's double gave them a two-run bulge.

Milwaukee scored once in the fourth and with Jeff Suppan retiring the Dodgers on just 18 pitches from the fourth through the sixth -- including just three in the fifth -- and it was up to the bullpen to hold on. They did, but with little to spare.

Joe Beimel pitched a scoreless sixth and after a leadoff single he picked the runner off of first so a subsequent double did no damage.

Jonathan Broxton was the next reliever to escape disaster. He allowed a one-out triple in the seventh but with the infield in, the runner went on contact and was an easy out at the plate.

The Dodgers took advantage of three straight walks in the eighth. Olmedo Saenz hit for Broxton and doubled off the left field wall, scoring two. Matt Kemp's fly made it a (seemingly) comfortable 5-2.

Rudy Seanez took over in the eighth and gave up three straight singles with one out (do you see a pattern here?). Takashi Saito, who rarely works more than an inning at a time, arrived to give up a two-run double before allowing further damage.

He also allowed a leadoff homer in the ninth to cut the lead to one and then gave up a double but retired the side with the tying run at second base for his first save of the season.

The Dodgers are off today (Thursday) before meeting the Giants in San Francisco for three games. Brad Penny, Derek Lowe and Randy Wolf draw the starts.

The Dodgers beat the Giants 13 of 19 games last season, including the last five in a row.
 Score by innings
Dodgers	        002 000 030-5	
Milwaukee	000 100 021-4

 Dodgers	ab  r  h  bi  ave
Pierre cf	4  1  2  0  .167	
Martin c	4  1  1  0  .308
Garciaparra 1b	4  0  0  1  .100
Kent 2b	        4  1  1  1  .273
Gonzalez lf-rf	3  1  2  0  .200  
 Clark lf	0  0  0  0  .000
Betemit 3b	1  1  0  0  .125
Ethier rf	3  0  0  0  .000
 Beimel p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Broxton p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Saenz ph	1  0  1  2  .500
 Seanez p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Valdez  lf	0  0  0  0  .000		
Martinez ss	3  0  0  0  .125	
Schmidt p	2  0  0  0  .000
 Kemp rf	1  0  1  1  .200
 Saito p	0  0  0  0  .000
    Dodgers	31  5   8  5	 
    Brewers	38  4  12  4	   

 2b hit- Gonzalez (1), Kemp (1), 
Sanez (1). RBI- Garciaparra (2), 
Kent (2), Saenz 2 (2), Kemp (1).
S- Pierre. LOB- Dodgers 8,
Brewers 11.

 Dodgers	in  h  r-er  bb  so  era
Schmidt (1-0)	5.0  3  1-1  3  5  1.80
Beimel	        1.0  2  0-0  1  1  0.00  
Broxton	        1.0  1  0-0  0  0  0.00
Seanez 	        0.1  3  0-0  0  0  13.50
Saito (sv 1)	1.2  3  1-1  0  1  5.40	 
 T- 3:20. Att- 23,649.			
Loney Asks for Trade-- James Loney, who led the minor leagues in hitting last season with a .380 mark, told the team if a trade to another club is necessary to create a major league spot for him, he would welcome it Ken Gurnick of reports. "He didn't demand it," his agent said, "he suggested it." The Dodgers had told Loney he was ready to play in the majors but that a place for him does not exist at the present time since the club re-signed first baseman Nomar Garciaparra for two years.

Happy Birthday Gil-- Yesterday would have been the 83rd birthday of former Dodger great Gil Hodges, who passed away in 1972 at the young age of 48. Hodges remains one of the greatest hitters in Dodger history and was one of the top offensive players of his era, yet has somehow failed to gain entry into the Hall of Fame. In 18 seasons, Hodges batted .273 with 370 homers and 1,274 RBI, despite missing three seasons to military service. He played in seven World Series and won two titles with the Dodgers (1955 & 1959). Hodges was an eight-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glove Award winner. He also managed for nine seasons, including five with the Senators and four with the Mets, whom he guided to the 1969 World Championship.

Dodger Blue Notes-- The entire Dodger team will wear #42 on Jackie Robinson day April 15. …If outfielder Larry Bigbie isn't promoted to the Dodgers from Triple-A by June 1, he will have a second opportunity to leave the Dodgers organization. According to his agent, Seth Levinson, an escape clause will be triggered in Bigbie's contract June 1 similar to the one he had for three days beginning last Thursday. Bigbie, who batted .357 in the spring, reported to Las Vegas rather than request his release. Levinson said he was not allowed to contact other teams during the opt-out period. …Rafael Furcal hit the ball well in the batting cage but he will not be activated until he is able to run.