Dodgers and Diamondbacks Tie 4-4

Three veteran pitchers allowed a run each to let a 4-1 Dodgers lead slip through their fingers as Los Angeles had to settle for a 4-4 tie. Vicente Padilla and Ramon Ortiz each worked three innings and allowed a single run between them. Then Jeff Weaver, Eric Gagné and Justin Miller surrendered a run each to tie the game and that is how it ended.

A lineup malfunction had players coming in and going out in strange order and it left the members of the press box scratching their heads on how to write it up. All that was missing was the Queen of Hearts shouting at Alice "Off With Her Head."

As an eye witness, here is how things transpired to the best of my knowledge.

Vicente Padilla had a rough start, giving up a single to former Dodger Tony Abreu, a walk and a second single to left fielder Conner Jackson that cost a run. But then he went to an exceptionally effective off-speed pitch and struck out the next three Diamondbacks in a row. He went on to retire the next five in succession and became the first Dodger of the spring to work three innings.

Reed Johnson and Doug Mientkiewicz singled with two out in the second but Nick Green lined to center to end the inning.

A.J. Ellis singled to lead off the bottom of the third, his first hit of the spring to snap an 0-for-4 start and Rafael Furcal followed with his first hit after going 0-for-8 on the season. With two out, Bob Howry replaced starter Dan Haren and retired Matt Kemp to end the inning.

Andre Ethier powered a long shot onto the berm in deep right-center field in the fourth for his first home run of the exhibition season and breaking the team's 16 scoreless inning streak. The drive tied the game 1-1.

Ramon Ortiz worked a shutout fourth but Abreu slammed a triple over the head of Kemp in center field with one out in the fifth. Kemp got a late jump, turned around twice, apparently lost the ball, and it fell far to his right. Ortiz wriggled out of it without a run scoring. He then added a scoreless sixth inning and finished his afternoon by allowing only one hit in three innings

Somewhere about this time, the umpires found that the Dodgers lineup didn't match the way the lineup submitted before the game and told the Dodgers "fix it." The Dodgers did but in the sixth, then the umpires came back and said, "your lineup doesn't match the one I have."

So Ethier, who had been replaced by Kyle Russell, came back into the game.

Kemp lined a ball to the wall in left-center field to score Blake DeWitt, who had walked to break the tie in the sixth. Russell came into the game (again) and singled to score pinch-runner Timo Perez. Green's two-out RBI-single made it 4-1.

Abreu drove a home run over the left field wall in the seventh off Jeff Weaver for his third hit of the afternoon to cut the L.A. lead to 4-2. In the eighth, Eric Gagné gave up a double inside the third base bag on his first pitch. A fly to left moved him to third and a ground ball to first allowed the DBacks third run.

The Dodgers fifth pitcher, Justin Miller, took over in the ninth inning and gave up a leadoff double. A bouncer to second moved him with the tying run to third base. With the infield in, Ivan De Jesus gobbled up a ground ball but threw in the dirt and catcher Justin Knoedler couldn't come up with it and the score was tied.

Jay Gibbons led off the bottom of the ninth and Christian Lara ran for him. After pinch-hitter Pedro Baez fouled softly to first base, Knoedler rammed a single into left field and De Jesus walked to load the bases. Argenis Reyes bounced into a double play to end the game in a 4-4 tie.

Friday's Pitchers against Kansas City in Surprise, AZ include RHP James McDonald, RHP Russ Ortiz, RHP Ramon Troncoso, RHP Travis Schlichting, RHP Javy Guerra and LHP Armando Zerpa.
 Score by innings
Arizona	        100 000 111-4
Los Angeles	000 103 000-4

 Los Angeles	ab  r  h  bi  ave
Furcal ss	3  0  1  0  .091
 De Jesus ss	0  0  0  0  .000
DeWitt 2b	2  1  0  0  .444
 Reyes 2b	2  0  0  0  .000
Ethier rf	3  1  1  1  .231
 Russell rf	2  0  1  1  .500
Kemp cf	        3  0  1  1  .308
 Perez pr-cf	1  1  0  0  .000
Giles dh	3  0  0  0  .000
 Watson pr-dh	1  1  0  0  .000	
Johnson lf	2  0  1  0  .333
 Lambo lf	1  0  0  0  .000
Mientkiewicz 1b	3  0  1  0  .500
 Gibbons 1b	0  0  0  0  .000
 Lara pr	0  0  0  0  .000
Green 3b	3  0  1  1  .286
 Baez 3b	1  0  0  0  .000
Ellis c	        2  0  1  0  .200
 Knoedler c	2  0  1  0  .500
 Totals	        34 4 9 4
 Arizona	36 3 8 4

 Three-base hit- Kemp (1). Home run- Ethier (1).
RBI- Ethier (1), Kemp (3), Russell (1), Green
(1). LOB- Los Angeles 8, Arizona 9. RISP- Los
Angeles 2-for-9, Arizona 1-for-11. CS- DeJesus.

 Los Angeles	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Padilla	        3.0  4  1-1  0  4  1.80
RaOrtiz	        3.0  1  0-0  2  3  0.00
Weaver	        1.0  1  1-1  0  0 18.00
Gagné		1.0  1  1-1  1  0 13.50
JMiller	        1.0  1  1-1  0  1  4.50
 T- 2:58. Att- 5,696.
Off They Go Into the Wild Blue Yonder
The split squad of Dodgers departed Camelback Ranch at 9:00 a.m. Thursday for their 11:00 a.m. flight from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport to Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport in Taipei. 

The team will get a full day to recover from the 15-hour, 33-minute, 6,414-mile flight before playing the first game of the three-game goodwill series against Chinese Professional Baseball League All-Stars on Friday night.

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.  Los Angeles will send Eric Stults to the mound on Friday, Josh Towers will start on Saturday and Kuo will make the start on Sunday in his home country.

Their roster is represented by eight countries – the United States, Taiwan (Hong-Chih Kuo, Chin-Lung Hu), South Korea (Choi), Japan (Robert Boothe), the Dominican Republic (Ramirez, Alvarez, Juan Perez and Angel Berroa), Mexico (Castillo, Francisco Felix and Gaby Gutierrez), Venezuela (Bastardo) and Curacao/Netherlands Antilles (Kenley Jansen). Coach Don Mattingly, who confirmed that the Dodgers have made overtures about him eventually replacing Torre, will manage in Camelback during their absence.

Dodger Blue Notes-- Third baseman Casey Blake said his side was fine and was ready to get back into action. ...The Dodgers added Jay Gibbons, Matt Wallach, Andrew Lambo, Timo Perez, Kyle Russell, Brandon Watson, Gorman Erickson, Chris Lara, Pedro Baez, John Koronko and Tim Corcoran to their roster. ...With Manny Ramirez and James Loney making the Taiwan trip, the starting nine will have a new look with first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz, designated hitter Brian Giles and third baseman Nick Green making their first starts of 2010. The trio appeared in only a combined 185 games last season due to dislocated right shoulder (Mientkiewicz), right knee contusion (Giles) and right leg (Green) injuries. Rafael Furcal and Andre Ethier will made their fifth-consecutive starts in the leadoff and third spot, respectively, and Matt Kemp batted cleanup for the first time this spring. ...Former Dodger Tony Abreu was leading off and starting at shortstop for the D-backs after being traded for RHP Jon Garland on August 31, 2009. Abreu made his Major League debut for the Los Angeles in 2007 and spent six years in the Dodgers' system after being signed as a free agent on October 17, 2002. ...Yesterday OF Brian Giles made his first appearance as a Dodger and will make his first start today at designated hitter. The two-time All-Star and 16-year veteran joins Los Angeles after seven years in a Padre uniform. Giles ranks eighth among active Major Leaguers with 1,183 career walks and 10th with a .400 on-base percentage, but only appeared in 61 games in 2009 due to a right knee contusion. Nomar Garciaparra signed a one-day contract with the Boston Red Sox so he could retire as a member of the team. After 14 years in Boston, he played for the Cubs in 2005, the Dodgers in 2006-2009 and was with the Athletics last season. ...        

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