No Country For Old (or Young) Pitchers

The two clubs combined to use 16 pitchers who allowed 18 runs, 26 hits, eight walks, four home runs, a hit-batsman, an error and a balk and in a marathon battle that saw a number of pretty good pitchers (Clayton Kershaw, James McDonald for the Dodgers and Barry Zito of the Giants) hit often and hard.

San Francisco scored in six different innings and the Dodgers battled from behind most of the afternoon but could never do better than tie the game.

The Giants hits included three doubles and three home runs. The Dodgers got extra base hits from Mitch Jones and Delwyn Young, both doubles, and Andre Ethier's first homer.

Both clubs ran eight pitchers to the mound and for the most part, all of them were treated roughly. Two Giants pitchers and a Dodger combined to walk seven in the bottom of the seventh and the eighth innings.

Second baseman Orlando Hudson was a late scratch with soreness in his wrist. He wanted to play but Dodger trainers told him "no." Chin-Lung Hu took over at second and was 2-for-4 with a walk and a run scored.

Mitch Jones doubled to run his extra-base streak to five games, not counting a "B" game in which he smacked a home run. Delwyn Young was 2-for-2 with a double and an RBI.

The Dodgers tied the game 3-3 in the third inning, then trailing 7-3 in the seventh, rallied for three runs to pull within a run, trailing 7-6. They never got any closer. The game drew a crowd of nearly 6,000 which looked slim in comparison to the 11,280 that filled the park on opening day.

Not a Pitching Duel
LHP Clayton Kershaw started and allowed a single but got out of it with a double play. However in the second, San Francisco banged out four hits, and with the help of a stolen base and a wild pitch, scored twice.

The Dodgers went peacefully in the first inning but James Loney beat out an infield hit and Mitch Jones slugged a double into the left field corner to open the inning. Third baseman Blake DeWitt's ground ball scored one run off Giants starter Barry Zito. Chin-Lung Hu, a late replacement for Orlando Hudson, took a called third strike and right fielder Jason Repko flew softly to right.

The Pesky Giants got the run back in the top of the third on a double and a single with one out off RHP James McDonald. Two more singles loaded the bases but he escaped further scoring.

Los Angeles tied the game in the bottom of the third when Rafael Furcal dropped a looping singled into center field and with one out, outfielder Andre Ethier slammed a drive into the left field berm, tying the game and knocking Zito out of the game.

McDonald served up a home run to veteran Rich Aurilla on a 3-2 pitch with two out in the top of the fourth and the Giants again jumped into the lead 4-3. McDonald reached his pitch count and Scott Elbert came into the game.

Los Angeles was on the verge of tying the game in the bottom of the inning when Hu singled, to the ubiquitous echos of "Who, Who" from the crowd, and Ausmus dropped a single just inside the right field for a single as Hu took third. However, Repko bounced into a double play to end that scenario.

Elbert was also victimized by the Giants power, allowing a home run into the Dodgers bullpen in left field by Pablo Sandoval with two out in the fifth.

RHP Yhency Brazoban took over in the sixth and was tagged for a double off the left field wall but then stranded the runner, fanning the last Giant he faced. LHP Victor Garate pitched the seventh and coughed up a single and a homer put the visitors up 7-3.

Eight Dodgers had been retired when they came to bat in the seventh inning and Hu broke the streak with a solid single to center. Catcher Danny Ardoin and, surprisingly, Hu broke for second, inexplicably he didn't slide and was out. To add to the situation, Ardoin walked.

Delwyn Young, who came into the game 1-for-11, doubled over the center fielders head and the Dodgers had runners at first and second. Shortstop Juan Castro walked and center fielder Xavier Paul cut the Giants margin with a blistering, two-run single to center. Ethier walked to reload the bases.

Doug Mientkiewicz gounced to first base and he touched first, then threw home too late to get Castro who scored to cut the lead to 7-6. Jones was called out to a chorus of boos to end the inning.

LHP Brent Leach came in to keep the Dodgers in the game but with one out he allowed a single and two walks to load the bases. After a visit to the mound by pitching coach Rick Honeycutt, Leach struck out veteran Juan Uribe on four pitches, then went 3-2 on former Dodger Dave Roberts before he singled to right for a pair of runs.

Scott Strickland took over and Hu made a diving stop on a scorcher up the middle but couldn't get the runner at first as the Giants' 10th run scored. A pop to Luna at third ended the inning with San Francisco leading 10-6.

In the bottom of the eighth, Hu and Ardoin walked with one out. Young smashed a single to left, scoring Hu and sending Ardoin to third. Castro, hitting .600, drilled a long shot to left-center that was caught just at the wall, allowing Ardoin to score from third.

The Giants put in a left-hander to pitch to Paul and did just that on a fly to left field.

RHP Brian Mazone was called in to pitch the ninth. He crafted the first 1-2-3 inning of the game for the Dodgers.

Jamie Hoffmann led off the bottom of the ninth and was hit on the foot by the first pitch, putting they tying run at the plate in the form of veteran Doug Mientkiewicz who struck out against the Giants lefthander.

Jones took two strikes and then flew harmlessly to right field and Hector Luna was the Dodgers final hope who popped to short -- but the Giants' shortstop dropped the ball, giving Chin-Lung Hu an unexpected time at bat. But he took a third strike to end the game.

The Dodgers slid to 3-4 on the spring season and host a White Sox split-squade this afternoon (Thursday). Hiroki Kuroda will oppose Chicago's Jack Egbert at 12:05 p.m. in a matchup of right-handers. Eric Milton, Claudio Vargas and Ramon Troncoso will be among relievers scheduled.

 Score by innings
San Francisco	021 110 230-10
Los Angeles	012 000 320- 8

 Los Angeles	ab r  h  bi  ave
Furcal ss	3  1  1  0  .273
 Castro ss	0  1  0  1  .600
Pierre cf	3  0  0  0  .000
 Paul cf	2  0  1  2  .368
Ethier dh	3  1  1  2  .308
Loney 1b	3  1  1  0  .214  
 Mientkiewicz 1b 2 0  0  1  .000	
Jones lf-rf	5  0  1  1  .318
DeWitt 3b	3  0  0  0  .227
 Luna 3b	2  0  0  0  .000
Hu 2b	        4  1  2  0  .333
Ausmus c	1  0  1  0  .500
 Ardoin c	0  2  0  0  .500
Repko rf	2  0  0  0  .071
 Young lf	2  1  2  1  .333
 Totals	        35  8 10  8
 Giants	        42 10 16 10

 Errors- Giants 1. 2b hits- Jones, Young. 
SF- Castro. CS- Hu. LOB- Los Angeles 8, 
San Francisco 7. DP- Dodgers 1. 

 Los Angeles	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Kershaw	        2.0  4  2-2  0  1  9.00
McDonald (1-1)	1.2  5  2-2  0  1  4.91
Elbert	        1.1  1  1-1  0  2  2.70
Mota	        1.0  1  0-0  0  1  0.00
Garate	        1.0  2  2-2  0  0 15.43
Leach	        0.2  2  3-3  2  1 21.60
Strickland      0.1  1  0-0  0  0 18.00
Mazone	        1.0  0  0-0  0  0  0.00
 HBP- Hoffmann. Balk- Leach. T- 3:21
Att- 5,944

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