Dodgers Lose 3-1 in Final Exhibtion Game

The Dodgers sent a scout team to San Francisco and lost 3-1 to the Giants in the final exhibition game of the season. James McDonald allowed three runs in four innings and struck out five while Josh Lindblom fired four more shutout innings to drop his ERA to 1.64.

"I wanted to go five innings, that was the plan," McDonald said. "There's still work to be done. I'm excited but I don't want to get satisfied."

All three San Francisco runs came in the third inning when the Giants collected four consecutive hits. McDonald threw 86 pitches, 52 of them strikes. Lindblom used 60 pitches (40) strikes to complete his four innings.

Juan Pierre singled, stole second (#11) and scored on James Loney's single to record the only Dodger runs of the game, although they left 11 men on base.

Rookie third baseman Josh Bell make his first start but went 0-for-4. Andrew Lambo was 0-for-2.

The Dodgers, who finished 15-22 and lost 11 of their final 14 game, will play their first 13 regular-season games against National League West foes and 27 of 30 within the division, starting today against the Padres in San Diego.

Dodgers right-hander Hiroki Kuroda will start against Padres ace Jake Peavy.

Los Angeles	001 000 000-1
San Francisco	003 000 000-3

 Los Angeles	ab r  h  bi  ave
Pierre lf-cf	4  1  1  0  .274	
Loretta 2b	3  0  1  0  .275
 Castro 2b	2  0  1  0  .383
Ethier rf	3  0  0  0  .273
 Jones ph	2  0  0  0  .250
Loney 1b	2  0  2  1  .292
 Pascucci pr-1b	1  0  1  0  .455
Kemp cf	        2  0  1  0  .272
 Lindblom p	0  0  0  0  .000
DeWitt ss	3  0  0  0  .284	
Ausmus c	3  0  1  0  .286	
Bell 3b	        4  0  0  0  .000	
McDonald p	1  0  0  0  .250
 Lambo lf	2  0  0  0  .000	
--------------------------------
 Totals	        35 1 8 1
 Giants	        31 3 8 3

 Two-base hits- Castro (8). RBI- Loney 11.
S- McDonald. Sb- Pierre (11). LOB- Los
Angeles 11, San Francisco 9

 Los Angeles	 in  h r-er bb so  era
McDonald	4.0  6  3-3  2  5  5.32
Lindblom	2.0  2  0-0  0  2  1.64
 HBP- by McDonald. T- 2:36. Att- 25,452.
Roster Cuts
Following the game, the Dodgers reassigned pitchers Josh Lindblom, Brian Mazone, Erick Threets and infielders Juan Castro and Luis Maza to minor league camp. Lindblom was sent to Class AA Chattanooga to be a starting pitcher for the Lookouts.

Blake DeWitt will open the season with the team, and tomorrow it will be announced that relievers Ronald Belisario and Will Ohman will be on the opening day roster along with Ramon Troncoso.

The Dodgers' 40-man roster is at 39 right now, so they would need to create two spots to add non-roster players Ronald Belisario, Will Ohman and Doug Mientkiewicz.

Dodgers pitchers Tanyon Sturtze and Eric Milton and will open the season with Triple-A Albuquerque while outfielder Delwyn Young and pitchers Jason Schmidt and Claudio Vargas will open on the disabled list. Schmidt will remain at their minor league complex in Arizona "until he's comfortable and wants to compete," Torre said.

The opening roster is narrowed down to this until the final roster is submitted before the game today:

  Pitchers (12):
Hiroki Kuroda
?Chad Billingsley
Clayton Kershaw (L)
Randy Wolf (L)
James McDonald

Ronald Belisario
?Jonathan Broxton
Will Ohman (L)
?Hong-Chih Kuo (L)
?Guillermo Mota
?Ramon Troncoso
?Cory Wade?

  Catchers (2):?
Brad Ausmus?
Russell Martin

  Infielders (7):?
Casey Blake
?Blake DeWitt
?Rafael Furcal?
Orlando Hudson
?James Loney?
Mark Loretta
Doug Mientkiewicz

  Outfielders (5):?
Andre Ethier?
Matt Kemp
?Juan Pierre?
Manny Ramirez
?

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