Loaiza Pitches, Bats Dodgers Past Cubs

When the Dodgers acquired Loaiza from Oakland, they knew he was a quality pitcher. They didn't suspect he was pretty good with the bat, too. The veteran demonstrated hit pitching (seven innings, three earned runs) and hitting (two-run single) to break a 2-2 tie and give the Dodgers an 11-3 victory in Wrigley Field.

Loaiza, claimed last week from Oakland, allowed three runs on nine hits and his fastball was consistently around 88 mph; he struck out three while walking one.

The right-hander overcame an embarrassing second pitch home run by Alfonso Soriano in the first inning but multiple runs batted in from five different Dodgers made life easy for him in his initial start.

And a little embarrassment might have wafted the Cubs way after re-signing Carlos Zambrano for $91.5 million in August and the big right-hander hasn't won a game since July 29. He came into the game with an earned run under 2.00 against Los Angeles and allowed eight runs before getting knocked out in the fifth.

Zambrano also killed a Cubs rally by running through a stop sign and getting thrown out at the plate in the third inning to end the inning.

Loaiza was part of a 13-hit attack that produced multiple RBIs from five different Dodgers. Luis Gonzalez, celebrating his 40th birthday, scored three runs. Zambrano, re-signed for $91.5 million last month, remained winless since July 29 and was charged with eight runs in 4 1/3 innings

After Soriano's first inning homer, Andy LaRoche's ground ball scored Luis Gonzalez to tie the game in the second. Loaiza allowed a second run in the third but made up it in the top of the third.

With two out, Russell Martin and James Loney walked and LaRoche tied the game with a double to right. Loaiza then singled sharply to left, scoring Loney and LaRoche's and giving the Dodgers the lead for good.

Martin's RBI single and a two-run double by Loney in a four-run fifth and Kent's RBI single, a sac fly from Martin and Loney's single that scored Kent, made it 11-2.

Chicago scored one last run in the sixth, Loaiza left after seven and Scott Proctor and D.J. Houlton each added scoreless innings to close out the win.

Loaiza missed four months with injuries to his neck (disk) and knee (arthroscopic surgery) and started only two games prior to being claimed by the Dodgers from Oakland last week.

Pitching coach Rick Honeycutt said Loaiza had two bullpen sessions when the club was in San Diego. The club was unable to obtain video of Loaiza's two starts and it was the first time they had seen him throw. "He's not overpowering, He's a command guy." said Honeycutt. He has an idea of what he wants to do and how to approach it. He's got a good cutter, and he changes speeds."

After Soriano's first inning homer, Andy LaRoche's ground ball scored Luis Gonzalez to tie the game in the second. Loaiza allowed a second run in the third but made up it in the top of the third.

With two out, Russell Martin and James Loney walked and LaRoche tied the game with a double to right. Loaiza then singled sharply to left, scoring Loney and LaRoche's and giving the Dodgers the lead for good.

Martin's RBI single and a two-run double by Loney in a four-run fifth and Kent's RBI single, a sac fly from Martin and Loney's single that scored Kent, made it 11-2.

Chicago scored one last run in the sixth, Loaiza left after seven and Scott Proctor and D.J. Houlton each added scoreless innings to close out the win.

Loaiza missed four months with injuries to his neck (disk) and knee (arthroscopic surgery) and started only two games prior to being claimed by the Dodgers from Oakland last week.

Pitching coach Rick Honeycutt said Loaiza had two bullpen sessions when the club was in San Diego and that was the first they had seen him throw. The club was unable to obtain video of Loaiza's two starts, Honeycutt said. "He's not overpowering, He's a command guy. He has an idea of what he wants to do and how to approach it. He's got a good cutter, and he changes speeds."

After Soriano's first inning homer, Andy LaRoche's ground ball scored Luis Gonzalez to tie the game in the second. Loaiza allowed a second run in the third but made up it in the top of the third.

With two out, Russell Martin and James Loney walked and LaRoche tied the game with a double to right. Loaiza then singled sharply to left, scoring Loney and LaRoche's and giving the Dodgers the lead for good.

Martin's RBI single and a two-run double by Loney in a four-run fifth and Kent's RBI single, a sac fly from Martin and Loney's single that scored Kent, made it 11-2.

Chicago scored one last run in the sixth, Loaiza left after seven and Scott Proctor and D.J. Houlton each added scoreless innings to close out the win.

LaRoche, who has only one hit in his first two starts since being recalled from Las Vegas, walked twice in his first game and started two double plays. He doubled and had two RBI in the second game and started threemore twin killings.

Loaiza missed four months with injuries to his neck (disk) and knee (arthroscopic surgery) and started only two games prior to being claimed by the Dodgers from Oakland last week.

Pitching coach Rick Honeycutt said Loaiza had two bullpen sessions when the club was in San Diego and that was the first they had seen him throw. The club was unable to obtain video of Loaiza's two starts, Honeycutt said. "He's not overpowering, He's a command guy. He has an idea of what he wants to do and how to approach it. He's got a good cutter, and he changes speeds."

After Soriano's first inning homer, Andy LaRoche's ground ball scored Luis Gonzalez to tie the game in the second. Loaiza allowed a second run in the third but made up it in the top of the fourth.

With two out, Russell Martin and James Loney walked and LaRoche tied the game with a double to right. Loaiza then singled sharply to left, scoring Loney and LaRoche and giving the Dodgers the lead for good.

Martin's RBI single and a two-run double by Loney helped in a four-run fifth and Kent's RBI single, a sac fly from Martin and Loney's single that scored Kent in the sixth, made it 11-2.

Chicago scored one last run in the sixth, Loaiza left after seven and Scott Proctor and D.J. Houlton each added scoreless innings to close out the win.

Loaiza missed four months with injuries to his neck (disk) and knee (arthroscopic surgery) and started only two games prior to being claimed by the Dodgers from Oakland last week.

Pitching coach Rick Honeycutt said Loaiza had two bullpen sessions when the club was in San Diego and that was the first they had seen him throw. The club was unable to obtain video of Loaiza's two starts, Honeycutt said. "He's not overpowering, He's a command guy. He has an idea of what he wants to do and how to approach it. He's got a good cutter, and he changes speeds."

San Diego beat Arizona 10-2 and took over the lead in the N.L. West by the slimmest of margins. The Padres are 75-61 and the Snakes are 76-61, giving San Diego a .55147 percentage to Arizona's .55107. Loa Angeles is four games back, one-half game in front of Colorado.

Brad Penny (14-4, 2.88) opposes the just acquired Steve Trachsel (6-8, 4.48) tonight in the second game of a four-game series at Wrigley Field.

Score by innings Los Angeles 010 343 000-11 Chicago 101 001 000- 3 Los Angeles ab r h bi ave Furcal ss 5 0 1 0 .279 Hu ss 0 0 0 0 .000 Pierre cf 4 2 1 0 .290 Ethier rf-lf 5 1 2 0 .289 Kent 2b 3 1 1 2 .296 Martinez 2b 1 0 0 0 .185 Gonzalez lf 3 3 2 0 .279 Kemp rf 1 0 0 0 .333 Martin c 2 2 2 2 .397 Liebenthal ph-c 1 0 0 0 .239 Loney 1b 4 1 2 3 .311 LaRoche 3b 5 1 1 2 .200 Loaiza p 3 0 1 2 .333 Proctor p 0 0 0 0 .000 Saenz ph 1 0 0 0 .000 Houlton p 0 0 0 0 .000 Totals 38 11 12 11 Chicago 35 2 10 3 Error- Furcal (18), Hu (1). 2B- LaRoche (3), Loaiza 2 (2), Kent 2 (74), Martin 2 (81), Loney 3 (40). S- Loaiza. SF- Martin. CS- Kent (3). LOB- Los Angeles 7, Chicago 8. DP- LaRoche, Kent and Loney 2; LaRoche, Lieberthal and Loney. Los Angeles in h r-er bb so era Loaiza (1-0) 7.0 9 3-3 1 3 3.86 Proctor 1.0 0 0-0 1 1 3.86 Houlton 1.0 1 0-0 1 1 4.86 Balk- Loaiza. T- 3:00. Att- 40,070.

Help is on the Way-- Manager Grady Little said an additional wave of promotions from the Minor Leagues are on their way. Players likely to be included are infielder Tony Abreu, outfielder Delwyn Young and pitcher Eric Stults, who is expected to start Wednesday's game for the Dodgers at Wrigley Field.

Say What?-- George Hewitt pointed out that former Doddger J.D. Drew (now with Boston and hitting .246, seven homers) is making more money this year ($15 million) than Mickey Mantle made his entire career (hitting .298 with 536 homers) with the Yankees.

Dodger Blue Notes-- Little said he will start David Wells against the Giants in San Francisco on Saturday, tafter Wells is eligible to return from his seven-game suspension for arguing with an umpire while with the Padres. Little also said Las Vegas manager Lorenzo Bundy would join the big league club for two weeks and Las Vegas pitching coach Ken Howell would be with the club for the final three games of the Cubs series. When Bundy leaves the club in mid-September, Gulf Coast League manager Juan Bustabad is expected to replace him.

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