Dodgers Belie Ernie Banks; Lose Two

Had Ernie Banks, the Hall of Fame Cubs shortstop, been around he would have said, "It's a great day; let's play two." The Dodgers apparently listened to him and later regretted it, losing 10-8 to Oakland a 4-3 in 10 innings to Seattle.

As one might imagine, the pitching in the Oakland game was horrendous, Dodgers pitching allowing a dozen hits, four walks and a pair of hit batsmen that added up to 10 runs, nine of them in a nine-run third that saw 15 Athletics come to the plate.

But there was a patch of blue in the otherwise dark afternoon. Josh Lindblom, the club's second selection in the 2008 draft, saw his first action and lit up the field.

He came into the gam trailing 10-4 and pitched a pair of shutout innings, allowing only a harmless double.

Lindblom, a superb reliever at Purdue, had been converted into a starter during the 2008 season, working into the job gently. He only made eight starts for Great Lakes -- a remarkably lofty starting point for a rookie -- but he crafted a 1.86 earned run average, allowed but 14 hits in 29 innings while striking out 33 and walking four.

Logan White and De Jon Watson realized this kid was good enough to bypass Rookie ball and they handed him a challenge immediately. He also handled his first taste of playing with the big guys in admirable fashion.

With Joe Torre's pitching collapsing around him, his comment was, "We'll see him again" and one wonders if the young man is on the same fast track Clayton Kershaw rode into Los Angeles on.

Schmidt, now out of the race for a fifth starter, worked a pair of scoreless innings, allowing one hit and a pair of walks while striking out two.

The Dodgers pasted a four-spot on the scoreboard in the second inning with Matt Kemp, Jason Repko and Juan Castro knocking in runs.

Then came the nightmare third inning. Oakland pounded Jeff Weaver for four runs on a walk, a hit batsman (Nomar Garciaparra) and a pair of hits without getting anyone out. Stephen Randolph could get only one out before leaving and eventually being tagged with another four runs.

Shawn Estes allowed the ninth run of the inning and allowed another in the fifth. Lindblom worked two scoreless and Ronald Belisario pitched the ninth, allowing only a hit and a walk.

Down 10-4 in the top of the ninth, the Dodgers got more help from the minor league side of the camp.

Jamie Hoffmann and Chin-Lung Hu walked, then rode home on Jovanny Rosario's double. John-Ford Griffin knocked him in and then an RBI by Danny Ardoin made it 10-8 but the rally stopped there.

 Score by innings
Los Angeles	040 000 004- 8		
Oakland	        009 010 00x-10

 Los Angeles	ab r  h  bi  ave
Kemp cf	        4  0  2  1  .293
 Rosario cf	1  1  1  2 1.000
Ausmus c	4  0  2  0  .417
 Griffin pr-rf	1  0  0  1  .000
Ethier rf	4  0  0  0  .194
 Ardoin c	1  0  0  1  .500
Loney 1b	4  1  1  0  .237
 Mitchell pr-1b	1  0  0  0  .000
Blake 3b	3  1  0  0  .294
 Garcia 3b	0  0  0  0  .000
Pascucci dh	4  1  2  0  .563
Repko lf	1  1  1  1  .208
 Hoffmann lf	1  1  0  0  .400
Castro ss	4  1  2  1  .469
Abreu 2b	2  0  0  0  .083
 Hu 2b	        1  1  0  0  .320
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 Totals	        36  8 11  7
 Oakland	33 10 12 10

 Two-base hits- Kemp (3), Rosario 
(1). RBI- Repko (2), Castro (5), 
Kemp (7), Rosario 2 (2), Griffin (1), 
Ardoin (2). SB- Repko (5). LOB- Los 
Angeles 5, Oakland 10. DP- Blake and 
Loney; Hu, Castro and Mitchell.

 Los Angeles	in  h r-er bb so  era
Schmidt	        2.0  1  0-0  2  2  6.75
Weaver	        0.0  2  4-4  1  0  9.00
Randolph (1-1)	0.1  1  4-4  3  0 13.50
Estes	        2.2  6  2-2  1  0  9.00
Lindblom	2.0  1  0-0  0  1  0.00
Belisario	1.0  1  0-0  1  1  0.00
 HBP- by Weaver, by Estes; Blake. T- 3:15.
Att- 5,303.

Seattle Wins in 10
In the other game, the Dodgers scored in the first, fell behind 2-1, tied it in the fifth and took the lead in the seventh on Mitch Jones's fourth homer of the season.

But Jesus Castillo allowed they tying run in the eighth and Scott Strickland was tagged for three hits and the winning run in the last of the 10th.

Hiroki Kuroda finally allowed a run, in fact two of them, before leaving inn the fourth trailing 2-1 and with an 0.75 ERA. He allowed seven hits and a walk.

Orlando Hudson sliced a triple in the first and scored on Russell Martin's single to give the Dodgers a brief lead.

Lefty Brent Leach finished the fourth, Guillermo Mota worked a scoreless fifth (lowering his ERA to 1.29) and Cory Wade added another zero on the board.

Nick DeBarr rescued Castillo in the eighth to keep the game tied and Ramon Troncoso worked a scoreless ninth.

Xavier Paul scored in the fifth to tie the game, Jones homered in the seventh to put L.A. back on top but that was it for the offense.

Blake DeWitt went 3 for 5. Hudson, Jones and Paul each had two hits. Paul boosted his batting average to .425.

The Dodgers called up some kids from the minor league camp in this game, too. Devaris-Strange Gordon, (#4 in 2008) played shortstop late in the game, Austin Gallagher played first, Victor Mercedes was at second base, Anthony Hatch at third base and Dee Brown was in right field.

Appropriately enough, Preston Mattingly got his introduction to Major League baseball when he took over left field late in the game as his dad, split-squad manager Don Mattingly looked on.

The Dodgers drop to 10-9 overall with the double loss.

Banks needs to keep his thoughts to himself.

 Score by innings
Los Angeles	100 010 100 0-3
Seattle	        020 000 010 1-4

 Los Angeles	ab r  h  bi  ave
Furcal ss	5  0  0  0  .172
 Gordon ss	0  0  0  0  .000
Hudson 2b	4  1  2  0  .280
 Mercedes 2b	1  0  0  0  .000
Martin c	4  0  1  1  .375
 Ellis c	1  0  0  0  .316
Loretta 1b	2  0  1  0  .292
 Gallagher 1b	1  0  1  0 1.000
DeWitt 3b	5  0  3  0  .256
 Hatch 3b	0  0  0  0  .000
Pierre cf	3  0  0  0  .182
 Brown cf	1  0  0  0  .000
Young dh	3  0  0  0  .273
 Paul rf-cf	4  1  2  0  .425
Jones lf	4  1  2  1  .258
 Mattingly lf	0  0  0  0  .000
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 Totals	        39 3 12 2
 Seattle	40 4 14 4

 Error- Furcal (1). Three-base 
hit- Hudson (1). HR- Jones (4). 
RBI- Martin (6), Jones (9). 
S- Pierre. SB- Hudson (2). 
CS- Pierre (2). LOB- Los Angeles 
9, Seattle 14. DP- Furcal, Hudson 
and Loretta.

 Los Angeles	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Kuroda	        3.1  7  2-1  1  1  0.75
Leach	        0.2  0  0-0  1  0  8.31
Mota	        1.0  1  0-0  1  2  1.29
Wade	        1.0  1  0-0  0  1  0.00
Castillo 	1.2  1  1-1  1  1  3.86
DeBarr	        0.1  0  0-0  0  0  5.40
Troncoso	1.0  1  0-0  1  1  5.06
Strickland (0-1) 0.1 3  1-1  0  0 16.20
 T- 3:6. Att- 6.628
Manny Out for a Week
Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports that Manny Ramirez will be held out of exhibition games the rest of this week and probably longer as the Dodgers take cautious approach with his left hamstring injury, manager Joe Torre said Monday.

Ramirez had to come out of Sunday's game after aggravating a tight hamstring that forced him to be scratched from Thursday's game.

"We'll just lay low until we get rid of this," Torre told Gurnick. "Obviously, the last time we had him DH and he felt good and we put him in the lineup. But we'll keep him out probably, I can't give an exact time, but certainly through the weekend and probably beyond that."

Schmidt Ruled Out
Jackson of the Los Angeles Daily News wrote that Torre said there isn't enough time to prepare Jason Schmidt to become the fifth starter. "I would say at this juncture there is no way we can count on him for that right now, just because of the fact we are in that period of less than three weeks until opening day."

Torre feels that Schmidt's strength isn't increasing quickly enough. His needed the extra day off between starts and wasn't expected to throw more than 35-40 pitches against Oakland, roughly the same number he threw last Monday against Texas.

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