What a Difference a Day Makes

The effervescence of an opening day win only lasted for 24 hours as San Diego's no-name bullpen smothered L.A. 4-2. And the one faction of the Dodgers' game that everyone was concerned about, the inexperienced bullpen, has been their strongest feature so far during the first two games of the season. Go figure.

Trailing 4-2 in the seventh inning, Blake DeWitt and Casey Bland to put two runners on base with one out but Orlando Hudson and Manny Ramirez both popped up and the last chance Los Angeles had to change the game disappeared.

Randy Wolf took the loss in his return to San Diego and was charged with four runs and six hits over 5 1/3 innings.

"We didn't give him a whole lot to work with," Torre said in a masterpiece of understatement. "We didn't do a whole lot offensively tonight."

"All game I was falling behind in the count," Wolf said. "I have to make better pitches, especially in situations with runners on."

Wolf battled out of trouble in the early innings and managed to hang on until he began to feel comfortable and went into the last of the six with a one-run lead.

San Diego took a 1-0, in the second inning when a drive by by Kevin Kouzmanoff glanced off Andre Ethier's glove as he attempted a leaping catch at the wall. Kouzmanoff ended up with a triple and Scott Hairston singled him across.

In the second inning, with one out and runners on first base and second base, Luis Rodriguez hit shot to Hudson at second base. He threw the batter out at first and when the San Diego runner rounded third base too far, James Loney's throw to Casey Blake nipped him to end the inning.

In the third, Wolf walked Brian Giles to put men on first and second with one out and the Dodgers put Adrian Gonzalez, the only power hitter in the Padres lineup, with a walk. Then Wolf struck out Kouzmanoff and got Chase Headley on an inning-ending groundout.

The Dodgers took the lead in the fourth when Manny Ramirez lined his first hit into right field for a double and scored on another two-base hit by Russell Martin. Matt Kemp single him to third and a sacrifice fly by Casey Blake to put the Dodgers ahead, 2-1.

Los Angeles didn't get another hit after Kemp's second single of the game.

Wolf had settled in and retired eight consecutive batters before everything blew up in his face in the sixth. Opening singles by Adrian Gonzalez and Kevin Kouzmanoff preceded a double into the left field corner by Chase Headley who doubled into the left-field corner to drive in two. Luis Rodriguez's sacrifice fly drove in the third run.

The bullpen performed well for the Dodgers. Thirty-five-year-old Guillermo Mota, newly signed Will Ohman and the feel-good story of the entire spring, Ronald Belisario, shut down San Diego the final 2.2 innings.

Catcher Russell Martin assessed Wolf's start this way: "I don't know if he is 100-percent different from when he pitched for us in 2007, but his arm looks like it's in better shape. I think he will do a great job for us this year. He is a good pitcher and a competitor, and he expects a lot of himself."

And it would be nice if the Dodgers gave him a few more runs.

Dodgers dropped to 1-1 and are in a four-way tie for second with the Padres, DBacks and Rockies. The Giants won their opener and lead the division by a half-game.

Chad Billingsley starts tonight against Walter Silva who has never pitched professionally in the U.S. Silva, who is 32, didn't find out he made the either the club or the starting rotation, until Sunday.

 Score by innings
Los Angeles	000 200 000-2
San Diego	010 003 00x-4

 Los Angeles	ab r  h  bi  ave
Furcal ss	4  0  0  0  .222
Hudson 2b	3  0  0  0  .143
Ramirez ;f	4  1  1  0  .143
Ethier rf	4  0  0  0  .250
Martin c	4  1  1  1  .143
Loney 1b	3  0  1  0  .571
 Belisario p	0  0  0  0  .000
Kemp cf	        4  0  2  0  .429
Blake 3b	1  0  0  1  .000
Wolf p	        2  0  0  0  .000
 Mota p	        0  0  0  0  .000
 DeWitt ph	1  0  0  0  .000
 Ohman p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Mienk'wicz 1b	1  0  0  0  .000
-------------------------------
 Totals	        31 2 5 2
 Padres	        28 4 6 4	

 Two-base hits- Ramirez (1), Martin (1).
RBI- Martin (1), Blake (1). SB- Hudson (2).
SF- Blake. LOB- Los Angeles 8, San Diego
5. DP- Hudson, Loney and Blake.

 Los Angeles	in  h r-er bb so  era
Wolf (0-1)	5.1  6  4-4  3  3  6.75
Mota	        0.2  0  0-0  1  0  0.00
Ohman	        1.0  0  0-0  0  0  0.00
Belisario	1.0  0  0-0  0  1  0.00
 T-2:50. Att- 20,035.
This Day in History
April 5, 1913 -- Ebbets Field in Brooklyn opens with a 3-2 win over the Yankees in an exhibition game. Lefty ace Nap Rucker earns the win and outfielder Casey Stengel smacks an important home run before 25,000 fans. Genevieve Ebbets, daughter of club president Charlie Ebbets, threw out the first ball. The Dodgers and Yankees paraded to the flag pole in center field to raise the flag only to find that someone forgot to bring it.

April 5, 1983 Outfielder Kenny Landreaux knocked in six runs and Pedro Guerrero added five in a 16-7 win over Houston, the Los Angeles record for runs scored in an opening game.


April 6, 1917 -- The United States entered World War I after three years of determined neutrality. The main reasons for America's entry into the conflict was Germany's policy of unrestricted submarine warfare. Once the United States entered the war, the stalemate ended and Allied victory came quickly. With death tolls in the millions, World War I changed for all time the view of war and its true cost.

April 6, 1973 -- The Dodgers youth movement -- Steve Garvey (24), Bill Buckner (23), Bill Russell (24) and Ron Cey (25) opened the season by losing 4-2 to San Diego as Walt Alston opened his 20th season as the manager.

April 6, 1982 -- With their brand-new World Championship Flag snapping in the breeze, the Dodgers open the season by beating the Giants 4-3 as Dusty Baker singles home Bill Russell in the 9th inning. Terry Forster earns the win in relief.

April 6, 2005 -- The Dodgers are recognized by the Guinness Book of Records as having registered the "Highest Cumulative Attendance to a Baseball Franchise."


April 7, 1925 -- At Ashville, N.C., during a Dodger-Yankees exhibition game, Babe Ruth is rushed to the hospital with the "Worlds Most Famous Stomach ache."

April 7, 1977 -- Tom Lasorda's debut saw the Dodgers and Don Sutton beat the Giants 5-1 at Dodger Stadium.

April 7, 1978 -- Don Sutton pitches his seventh, and final Dodger opening game, still a club record, and beats the Braves 13-4.

April 8, 1974 --The Dodgers Al Downing gets a pitch just a bit up and Henry Aaron smacks it over the left field wall in Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta to record his 715th home run and surpass Babe Ruth.

April 8, 1994 -- Braves pitcher Kent Mercer no-hits the Dodges 6-0, becoming the fifth opposing pitcher to accomplish the feat since they came to Los Angeles. It is also the second no-hitter pitched in Dodger Stadium. Chan Ho Park makes his historic debut by pitching the ninth inning.

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