Same Song, Second Year

The Colorado-Los Angeles battle took up right where it left off in 2007, with the Rockies handling the Dodgers with ease. Colorado tagged Chad Billingsley and Esteban Loaiza with a three-run inning en route to an 8-2 win.

The National League winners caught fire late in the 2007 season, winning eight of the last nine games against the Dodgers and finishing with a 12-6 advantage.

So when the Dodgers jumped into a 2-0 lead in the second and Colorado scored the last eight runs of the game, there was no surprise factor involved.

But then again, it is spring training and James Loney, locked into a slump that dropped his early spring average from .423 to .234, lined out a double and three singles.

Matt Kemp singled twice and Chin-Lung Hu tripled in a run and scored the other on a fly off the bat of catcher Gary Bennett.

Starter Chad Billingsley sailed through four innings, holding he Rocks to a pair of runs before getting tagged for three in the fifth.

The young righthander was working on his change-up and so, it seems, were the Rockies who collected eight of their 14 hits off him.

Brian Falkenborg, pitching for the second day in a row, finished the fifth and striking out a pair. Esteban Loaiza took over in the sixth and surrendered another three runs.

The Dodgers slipped to 9-16-2 with the loss and Colorado improved to 11-10.

Los Angeles meets Kansas City tonight with Hiroki Kuroda getting the start. He has allowed 16 hits in 14 innings and has a 5.14 earned run average over his five starts. Clayton Kershaw will follow him.
 Score by innings
Los Angeles	020 000 000-2	
Colorado	101 033 00x-8

 Los Angeles	at r  h  bi  ave
Pierre lf	4  0  0  0  .188
Abreu ss	4  0  1  0  .200
 Chavez 2b	0  0  0  0  .267
Loney 1b	4  0  3  0  .265
 DeWitt 3b	0  0  0  0  .256
Kemp cf	4  0  2  0  .339
Ether rf	3  1  1  0  .344
Hu 3b	4  1  1  1  .256	
Bennett c	3  0  0  1  .269
 Sweeney ph	1  0  1  0  .333
 Rivera pr-1b	0  0  0  0  .000
Martinez 2b-1b	4  0  0  0  .207
Billingsley p	2  0  0  0  .167	
 Falkenborg p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Loaiza p	1  0  0  0  .000
 Young ph	1  0  0  0  .143
  Totals	35 2  9 2
  Colorado	34 8 14 8

 Two-base hits- Loney (6), Sweeney
(1). 3b hit- Hu (2). RBI- Hu (5),
Bennett (3). DP- Ethier, Billingsley
and Hu; Abreu, Martinez and Loney;
Bennett and Abreu. LOB- Los Angeles
7, Colorado (7).

 Los Angeles	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Billingsley (0-2)	4.0  8  5-5  3  0  8.31
Falkenborg	1.0  0  0-0  0  2  4.05
Loaiza	3.0  6  3-3  0  2  4.20
 HBP- by Billingsley. T- 2:40.
Att- 8,613.
 
The Knife is Out
Los Angeles officials will meet before the game to determine who will be retained on the roster.

Manager Joe Torre said that both Hong-Chih Kuo and Delwyn Young will stay with the big club.

"I think being out of options has to be a factor," he said. "To me, you have to think in terms of that. It's a matter of 'who do you take instead of --' and it has to make sense.

"If it is an equal playing field, who lose someone of value? I believe these guys have value. They're both young and Kuo is lefthanded."

Young, a notoriously poor spring hitter, has really struggled this year and before the game was hitting .143 with 15 strikeouts in 48 times at bat.

But Torre say, "I'm sure he is going to hit, The only thing is, he's played regularly and that helps you hit. He's a roster guy, based on his talent and having no options left.

"My thought process is he'll be on the club. As far as ability, I'm not sure we'll see the same guy unless he's playing and I'm not sure where playing time will come from."

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