Manny Mota doubled, singled and walked, driving in a run, and boosted his average to a gaudy .800. Blake DeWitt, who replace Manny later in the game, was 1-for-1 and boasts a .667 average in this young season.
Joe Garagiola threw out the first pitch. Those of us who remember him as a catcher in 1946 with the Cardinals noticed that the now 84-year-old arm that once challenged Jackie Robinson has deserted him when Joe's toss didn't reach the skinned area of home plate.
Eric Stults, out of options and locked in a battle for the fifth starting slot, southpawed his way to the top of the list, at least temporarily, with two sparkling innings marred only with a first-inning walk (the runner was later erased by a double play). He had also worked a scoreless inning during a "B" game against a White Sox team before the official exhibition season started.
Former Dodger Juan Pierre drew a big hand from the crowd for his remarkable contribution during the 2009 season when he led off in the first inning. He flew to medium left field.
The Dodgers went quietly in the first inning inning off Chicago starter Freddy Garcia, but in the second, Manny Ramirez came back from and 0-2 count to draw a walk, James Loney ripped a grounder up the middle for a single and Casey Blake's single to left gave the Dodgers an early 1-0 lead.
James McDonald, also in the mix for the last spot on the starting staff, was tapped for a pair of runs in the third inning, and was victimized by a pair of infield hits, a walk, a wild pitch and a sharp RBI single to right field.
After the Sox took a 2-1 lead in the second, the first time this season L.A. had trailed, Brad Ausmus walked and Matt Kemp's long double to left tied the game. After Andre Ethier walked, Manny Ramirez slugged a shot deep down the right field line that one-hopped the fence fair by a just a few feet, driving in Ethier to put the Dodgers back in front 3-2. It was the final time the Dodgers held a lead during the afternoon.
The lead didn't last long. Chicago used a pair of singles and a stolen base to tie things 3-3 in the top of the fourth. McDonald finished his two innings by allowing three runs on five hits, a walk, two wild pitches and a stolen base. All in all, a disappointing outing for the 25-year-old right-hander.
Russ Ortiz gave up only a single in a scoreless fifth inning (he added another zero in the sixth) for the Dodgers and Jhonny Nuñez, a former Dodgers farmhand, pitched the fifth for the White Sox. He walked Rafael Furcal to open the inning and Manny Ramirez collected his fourth hit of the young season but Nuñez escaped without allowing a run.
Jamey Carroll walked and Xavier Paul singled in the sixth but Brad Ausmus hit into a double play. Overall, the Dodgers left 11 on base and was 3-for-13 with runners in scoring position.
Jeff Weaver took over in the seventh. An infield hit Chin-Lung Hu couldn't handle and a double into the corner put the lead back on the White Sox side of the board. A double into the left-field corner drove in a fifth run and a sixth scored on a ground ball.
Center fielder Trayvon Robinson walked and with two out, designated hitter Blake DeWitt singled to left in the bottom of the inning. First baseman John Lindsey (New Orleans) walked to load the bases, Argenis Reyes, but third baseman Russ Mitchell struck out to end the threat.
Eric Gagné, still the darling of many Dodger fans, took over in the eighth and his announcement drew a loud cheer. But sentiment, much like crying, has no place in baseball and the first Sox hitter singled to right. Gagné then got a ground ball to short, a gentle fly ball to center and it looked like he would get out of the inning but another double into the right field corner scored the Sox seventh run and the third hit of the inning drove in another. Russ Mitchell, now at first base, made an over-the-shoulder catch down the right field line and fell into the seats, ending the inning.
Justin Miller (San Francisco) worked a scoreless ninth, working around a single and an infield error to hold the Sox scoreless. DeWitt walked and scored on a wild pitch with two out in the ninth to end the scoring.
Sunday pitchers against the Cubs will be LHP Clayton Kershaw followed by RHP Josh Towers, RHP Carlos Monasterios, RHP Ramon Troncoso and RHP Travis Schlichting. Rain is forecast at Mesa.
Score by innings Chicago White Sox 002 100 320-8 Los Angeles 012 000 001-4 Los Angeles ab r h bi ave Furcal ss 2 0 0 0 .000 Hu pr-ss 2 0 0 0 .250 Kemp cf 3 1 1 1 .400 Robinson cf 1 0 0 0 .500 Ethier rf 2 0 0 0 .000 Brian Barton rf 0 0 0 0 .000 Ramirez dh 2 1 2 1 .800 DeWitt pr-dh 1 1 0 0 .667 Loney 1b 3 0 1 0 .333 John Lindsey 1b 0 0 0 0 .000 Argenis Reyes, pr-3b 1 0 0 0 .000 Blake 3b 2 0 1 1 .333 Mitchell 3b-1b 2 0 0 0 .000 Belliard 2b 2 0 0 0 .000 Carroll pr-2b 1 0 0 0 .000 De Jesus ss 0 0 0 0 .000 Paul lf 3 0 1 0 .200 Mike Restovich pr-lf 0 0 0 0 .000 Ausmus c 2 1 0 0 .000 May c 1 0 1 0 1.000 ------------------------------------------ Totals 33 4 8 3 Chicago 39 8 13 8 Error- Furcal (1), Reyes (1).. Two-base hits- Kemp (1), Ramirez (1). RBI- Blake (1), Kemp (1), Ramirez (1). LOB- Dodgers 11, White Sox 6. RISP- Dodgers 3-for-13, Chicago 7-for-17. DP- Furcal, Belliard and Loney; Loney, Furcal and Loney. Los Angeles in h r-er bb so era Stults 2.0 0 0-0 1 1 0.00 McDonald 2.0 5 3-3 1 0 13.50 Russ Ortiz 2.0 1 0-0 0 1 0.00 Weaver (0-1) 1.0 4 3-3 0 0 27.00 Gagné 1.0 3 2-2 0 0 9.00 Justin Miller 1.0 1 0-0 0 1 0.00 WP- McDonald 2. T- 2:58. Att- 8,903,Dodger Blue Notes-- Garret Anderson reported to his new employer on Saturday morning to begin his fight for a the left-handed pinch-hitting role. ...The Dodgers and White Sox meet for a second consecutive day at the Ballpark at Camelback Ranch after Los Angeles defeated Chicago 8-3 yesterday. Last year, the Dodgers and White Sox met during the regular season in Chicago, with the Sox taking two of three from Los Angeles. ...Rafael Furcal, Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier, Manny Ramirez, James Loney and Casey Blake made consecutive starts. ...Yesterday RHP Jon Link faced his former teammates, tossing a scoreless ninth inning, and the Dodgers faced Juan Pierre for the first time since the December 14, 2009 trade. ...Lefty Eric Stults made his 2010 Spring Training debut after striking out two in a scoreless inning against the Sox in Tuesday's "B" game. ...The Dodgers welcomed the baseball team from Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan to Camelback Ranch – Glendale. Waseda has two top amateur prospects on its roster, RHP Yuki Saito and RHP Tatsuya Oishi, who have been awarded a combined four Best Nine Awards and are expected to be top Japanese draft picks. ...Yesterday, Dodger Hall of Fame Broadcaster Jaime Jarrín met with a group of 12 Little Leaguers from his native Ecuador to talk baseball and about the importance of staying in school. The group is in the United States for 10 days as guests of the State Department and has visited different sports and educational venues. (Dodgers Publicity notes).