Dodgers Win Wild One 10-9 Over DBacks

The Dodgers cracked out 14 hits, including three home runs, and three hits each from Andre Ethier and Blake DeWitt but needed an unearned run in the ninth inning to break a 9-9 tie and win 10-9.

James McDonald worked into the fifth inning before he ran out of gas and left the game after giving up a home run and a single.

The 23-year-old rookie, who was destined to be a long man in relief this season to ease him into the NL West scrum, seems to have positioned himself as a starter when all other candidates imploded.

"He really hasn't done anything wrong for me," Torre said, "I haven't made that commitment yet." coming very close to a endorsement of McDonald as the fifth starter.

McDonald finished his 4.1 innings by allowing six hits and three runs and felt good about his performance. "It was good to go deeper in the game and stretch my arm out," he said after throwing 70 pitches. "My rhythm is coming together. I worked with the breaking ball a little bit more and threw it more for strikes."

Casey Blake banged a solo home run in the fourth (#4), Blake DeWitt hit another in the fourth (#2) and James Loney launched his first homer of the spring with one on base in a six-run sixth.

DeWitt and Andre Ethier each had three hits in the game with Ethier adding a pair of doubles and three runs batted in.

The Dodgers newest reliever, Will Ohman, gave up a homer and while making his first appearance of the spring. The veteran left-hander, signed on Monday, said, "Obviously signing so late I wanted to bring as much attention to myself as possible. I thought I would go up there and give up a dinger to the first guy," he laughingly said.

He walked a man with two out, allowed a stolen base, threw a wild pitch and then got a strikeout to end his one inning of work.

"This is a building block. They are looking for me to refine my stuff and get in a position where I am locked in," Ohman said. "All I am looking for and I think all the club is looking for is a general progression so it gets better each and every time."

Nick DeBarr pitched 1.2 scoreless innings to earn the win. Had the Dodgers not scored in the ninth, the game would have ended in a tie because they were out of pitchers.

The Dodgers who haven't already headed west will play the Giants in Scottsdale, Arizona and then leave for Los Angeles. Opening Day starter Hiroki Kuroda gets his final spring appearance.

 Score by innings
Los Angeles	001 206 001-10
Arizona	        100 050 030- 9

 Los Angeles	ab r  h  bi  ave
Pierre lf	5  2  2  2  .241
Ausmus c	3  1  0  0  .310
 Ellis c	1  0  0  0  .286
Ethier rf	5  1  3  3  .280
 Repko rf-cf	0  0  0  0  .222
Loney 1b	3  1  1  2  .253
 Wade p	        0  0  0  0  .000
 Alvarado p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Threets p	0  0  0  0  .000
 DeBarr p	0  0  0  0  .000
Kemp cf	        5  0  1  0  .259
 Castro 2b	0  0  0  0  .417
Blake 3b	4  1  2  1  .250
 Paul pr-rf	0  1  0  0  .333
DeWitt ss-2b-3b	5  2  3  2  .299
Hu 2b-ss	5  1  2  0  .280
McDonald p	2  0  0  0  .333
 Sturtze p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Ohman p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Hatch ph	1  0  0  0  .000
M'kiewicz 1b	1  0  0  0  .278
-----------------------------------------
 Totals	        41 10 14 10	
 Arizona	35  9 11  7

 Error- Blake (1), DeBarr (1). Two-base
hits- DeWitt (3), Ethier 2 (6). HR- Blake
(3), DeWitt (2), Loney (1). RBI- Ethier
2 (10), Blake (5), Pierre 2 )6), DeWitt
2 (14), Loney 2 (10). SB- Paul (4).
CS- Kemp (5). LOB- Los Angeles 7, Arizona
6. DP- DeWitt; DeWitt and Mientkiewicz.

 Los Angeles	in  h r-er bb so  era
McDonald	4.1  6  3-3  0  2  5.03
Sturtze	        0.1  2  2-2  0  0  9.39
Ohman	        0.1  1  1-1  1  1 27.00
Wade	        1.0  0  0-0  0  0  5.06
Alvarado	1.1  1  2-2  4  0 13.50
Threets	        0.0  1  1-0  1  0  6.75
DeBarr (1-0)	1.2  0  0-0  0  1  3.86
 WP- McDonald, Ohman, DeBarr. T- 3:29.
Att- 7,4456.
ESPN Likes de la Rosa and Miller
Keith Law of ESPN had glowing reports on two Dodger minor league pitchers who worked in the Dodgers/Brewers Class A-ball games/ He wrote:

"The best stuff of the day belonged to Rubby de la Rosa of the Dodgers, who turned 20 earlier this month and has yet to pitch in a pro game in the United States. De la Rosa sat at 91-95 mph with a solid changeup from 84-86 that he turns over hard.

"His breaking ball was a slow curve in the mid-70s, although the harder he threw it the sharper the break became. He clearly has the arm speed to throw a good breaking ball and the laxity in his wrist to throw a curve, so it might just be a matter of development with better coaches as he moves up.

"The two red flags on de la Rosa were poor command Monday and the fact that his listed weight of 170 might be generous.

"Dodgers left-hander Greg Miller was named the 8th-best prospect in baseball by Baseball America heading into 2004, but he blew his shoulder out, requiring two shoulder surgeries that robbed him of his command and some of his velocity.

This spring, the Dodgers have dropped Miller's arm slot down to near-sidearm to try to help him throw more strikes while avoiding the DL. He was 87-90 mph Monday with good sink, probably the result of the slot, and flashed a workable upper-70s slider that should be a weapon against left-handed batters."

Dodger Blue Notes --With all teams cutting back toward the 25-man roster, a number of former Dodgers have found themselves without a job. Detroit surprisingly released OF Gary Sheffield, a nine-time All-Star and 1992 NL batting champion who has 499 career home runs. ...Catchers Ed Bellorin and Paul Bako and Inf Dave Newhan were also released.

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