The Rockies came into the game hitting .330 as a team and immediately proved it was not a a fluke, banging 16 hits to all corners of the park and scoring an even dozen runs. The strong west wind made fielding difficult but it seemed to effect the Dodgers more than Colorado. Hiroki started and pitched well, allowing one earned run in his two innings.
With heavy rain completely obscuring the mountains south of Camelback Park, the Dodgers and Rockies squeezed in a game that saw the grounds crew poised to roll out the tarp and cover the infield just before the start of the game but the rain stopped stopped just in time or in the Dodgers case, way too quickly.
The temperatures were in the low 50s and the 24 mph wind made it feel like, well, like springtime in Nebraska not Arizona. Attendance was a thoroughly-chilled 4,140.
The Rox scored first in the second inning. A single, a ground ball and a single to center drove in one and Matt Kemp's throw from center field was so far off the mark it went into the Dodgers dugout, allowing the runner not only to reach second on the throw but third on the error. A sac fly made it 2-0.
The two Dodgers short men struggled as the Rockies put the game away.
Jonathan Broxton gave up three singles and a run in the third and in the fourth, George Sherrill allowed a double, who would scored on a passed ball, two walks and a pop to left field that Paul over-ran, the ball falling for what was charitably ruled a double and two more runs. Juan Perez ended the inning when Reed Johnson ran down a long drive to center field to end the inning.
Suddenly the Dodgers trailed 6-0.
Xavier Paul had led off the bottom of the third inning and drove a shot off the center field wall at the 410-foot mark, zipping into third base with a triple and the first Dodgers hit. However, Brad Ausmus bounced out, Rafael Furcal walked and Kemp hit into his second double play in two at-bats.
In the bottom of the fourth Andre Ethier collected his first extra base hit of the spring, another ball that nearly left the park. His drive whacked off the 380-foot mark in right for a double. He, too, was left stranded when Manny Ramirez, James Loney and Ron Belliard went down in order.
Knuckelballer Charlie Haeger had the misfortune to draw a pitching assignment with the wind blowing hard out to left field. He baffled three Rockies batters in a row, then allowed three wind-blown hits, two doubles and a single and the two runs he allowed made it 8-0. He added a scoreless eighth inning.
Scott Dohmann was also victimized by the win in the top of the ninth. He allowed four hits and four runs.
Host Arizona Today-- The Dodgers play a second home game in succession when they host the Arizona Diamondbacks today (Thursday). RHP Vicente Padilla will start and will be followed by RHP Ramon Ortiz, LHP Eric Gagné, RHP Jeff Weaver and RHP Justin Miller.
Score by innings Colorado 021 300 204-12 Los Angeles 000 000 000- 0 Los Angeles ab r h bi ave Furcal ss 0 0 0 0 .000 Carroll ss 2 0 0 0 .000 Reyes ss 0 0 0 0 .000 Kemp cf 2 0 0 0 .300 Johnson cf 2 0 0 0 .286 Ethier rf 2 0 0 1 .200 Repko pr-rf-cf 2 0 0 0 .000 Ramirez dh 2 0 0 0 .444 Giles pr-dh 2 0 0 0 .000 Loney 1b 2 0 0 0 .182 Mitchell 1b 1 0 0 0 .125 Belliard 3b 3 0 0 0 .143 Hu 2b 0 0 0 0 .200 DeWitt 2b 2 0 0 0 .571 Green 2b-3b 1 0 0 0 .250 Paul lf 3 0 2 0 .333 Redman lf 0 0 0 0 .000 Ausmus c 2 0 0 0 .000 Ellis c 1 0 0 0 .000 Gutierrez c 0 0 0 0 .000 ----------------------------------------- Totals 28 0 3 0 Rockies 42 12 16 10 Errors- Kemp (1), DeWitt (1). Two-Base Hits- Ethier (1). Three-base hits- Paul (1). RISP- Los Angeles 0-for-7; Rockies 7-for-18. Double Play- Loney, Carroll and Loney. Los Angeles in h r-er bb so era Kuroda (0-1) 2.0 1 2-1 1 3 4.50 Broxton 1.0 3 1-1 0 1 9.00 Sherrill 0.2 2 3-0 1 0 0.00 Perez 0.1 0 0-0 0 0 0.00 Kuo 1.0 0 0-0 0 2 0.00 Ayala 1.0 1 0-0 0 0 0.00 Haeger 2.0 4 2-2 0 1 6.00 Dohmann 1.0 4 4-4 1 1 18.00 PB- Ausmus (1). WP- Dohmann. T-3:02. Att- 4,140.Dodger Blue Notes-- The Dodgers hosted the 2009 National League Wild Card entry Colorado Rockies. In 2009 the NL West race came down to the final weekend of the season with the Dodgers clinching the title on Oct. 3 at Dodger Stadium behind 6.0 scoreless innings from Clayton Kershaw and perfect bullpen outings from Hong-Chih Kuo, George Sherrill and Jonathan Broxton. ...For the fourth consecutive game, the Dodgers first five in the order were be Rafael Furcal, Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier, Manny Ramirez and James Loney.Casey Blake missed the contest to rest his back, which he slightly tweaked yesterday while throwing. ...Dodger right-hander Hiroki Kuroda will made his Spring Training debut, kicking off his third season with Los Angeles. Since coming over from Japan, Kuroda is 17-17 with a 3.74 over 52 games (51 starts) in his two years with the Dodgers. ...The Dodgers have packed their bags for the 15-hour 6,414-mile flight to Taiwan tomorrow morning. Taiwan natives Chin-lung Hu and Hong-Chih Kuo along with familiar faces Manny Ramirez, James Loney and Joe Torre will headline the club's travel roster that is set to take on a team comprised of Chinese Professional Baseball League All-Stars in the three-game goodwill series. The Dodgers' roster in Taiwan is represented by seven countries – the United States, Taiwan (Kuo, Hu), South Korea (Choi), the Dominican Republic (Ramirez, Alvarez, Perez and Berroa), Mexico (Castillo, Felix and Gutierrez), Venezuela (Bastardo) and Curacao/Netherlands Antilles (Jansen). In fact, all seven nationalities are represented on the pitching staff alone! ...The longest tenured Dodger in camp is Jason Repko, who has been in the Dodger organization continuously since starting with Rookie-level Great Falls in 1999. Right behind Repko is left-hander Hong-Chih Kuo, who started with San Bernardino in 2000. The longest continuously tenured Dodger at the Major League level who has not been sent down to the minors at any point is Jonathan Broxton, who has been a Los Angeles Dodger since May 1, 2006. Broxton made his big league debut on July 29, 2005, but started the 2006 season in Triple-A Las Vegas. The longest tenured Major Leaguer in Dodger camp is catcher Brad Ausmus, who has logged 16 years and 70 days in the big leagues, just ahead of Manny Ramirez's 16 years and 33 days. Ausmus is 50 games away from 2,000 in his career and is tied with Benito Santiago for eighth on the all-time games caught list with 1,917. ...The Dodgers welcomed former manager Jim Tracy to Camelback Ranch. Last season, Tracy took over the Rockies in May, led them to the playoffs and was named NL Manager of the Year. While in Los Angeles from 2001-2005, Tracy went 427-383 (.527), which is the eighth-best winning percentage all time among Dodger Managers with a minimum of 50 games managed. Current Manager Joe Torre finished third in the NL Manager of the Year balloting in 2009 and his 179-145 record (.552) ranks him sixth among Dodger skippers in winning percentage. (Dodger Publicity Notes). COME OUT TO THE PARK!: Dodger single-game tickets are now on sale at Dodgers.com or over the phone by calling 866-DODGERS. On Saturday, more than 3,500 rabid fans showed up to purchase single-game tickets at Dodger Stadium at an on-sale event in Lot P with Dodger legends Ron Cey and "Sweet" Lou Johnson and Opening Day sold out in less than 10 minutes.