Surprising Dodger Power Sinks Royals 6-4

The Dodgers unlimbered their heavy guns for a 6-4 win over the Kansas City Royals, their first victory since opening day and first for interim manager Don Mattingly who is minding the store while Joe Torre and a split squad is in Taiwan for three games. Starter James McDonald earned the win, pitching two scoreless innings before being tagged for three runs in the third.

After Brad Ausmus knocked in a run in the second inning, Andre Ethier slugged his second home run in two days, a long and high three-run affair to dead center in the third inning, and Casey Blake demonstrated his ailing side is ailing no more with a two-run shot to left-center in the fifth.

The Ausmus' RBI single and Ethier's three-run bomb came off Royals ace Gil Meche, who lasted just over two innings.

James McDonald, in his initial start of the season, worked two scoreless innings unscathed but gave up three runs in the third. Willie Bloomquist lined an RBI double to left-center and Scott Podsednik followed with a two-run homer to right field to effectively end McDonald's work for the afternoon after throwing 48 pitches, 26 for strikes.

Russ Ortiz took over and worked three scoreless innings, giving up two hits. Ramon Troncoso pitched a perfect sixth. Armando Zerpa, Travis Schlichting and Javy Guerra ere equally effective, Schlichting getting tapped for an unearned run after the Dodgers #1 prospect Dee Gordon's error.

Los Angeles bid for another run in the seventh when Royals left fielder Buck Coats threw out Timo Perez at the plate. L.A. out-hit the Royals 8-6, Casey Blake was the only Dodger with more than a single hit.

The Dodgers improved to 2-3-1 while Kansas City slipped to 4-3.

Today (Friday) in the Dodgers first Cactus League game ever against Cincinnati, Dodgers fans will get a look at $30 million left-hander Aroldis Chapman and his 103 mph fastball.

Clayton Kershaw, the Dodgers' own left-handed wonderkind, is scheduled to make his second exhibition start. He will be followed by RHP Carlos Monasterios, RHP Jonathan Broxton, LHP George Sherrill, RHP Luis Ayala and LHP Brent Leach.

 Score by innings
Los Angeles	013 020 000-6
Kansas City	003 000 010-4

 Los Angeles	ab  r  h  bi  ave
Furcal ss	2  0  1  0  .154
 Gordon ss	2  0  0  0  .000
Johnson dh	2  1  1  0  .364
 Perez pr-dh	1  0  0  0  .000
Ethier rf	2  1  1  3  .267
 Russell rf	3  0  0  0  .200
Kemp cf	        3  0  1  0  .333
 Watson cf	3  1  1  0  .250
Blake 3b	3  2  2  2  .571
 Reyes 3b	1  0  0  0  .000
DeWitt 2b	3  0  0  0  .333
 De Jesus 2b	1  0  0  0  .000
Mientkiewicz 1b	3  0  1  0  .429
 Gibbons 1b	1  0  0  0  .000
Ausmus c	3  0  1  1  .143
 Ellis c	0  0  0  0  .143
 Galvez pr	0  0  0  0  .000
 Knoedler c	0  0  0  0  1.000
Repko lf	3  0  0  0  .000
 Lambo lf	0  0  0  0  .000
 Dodgers	35 6 9 6
 Royals	        32 4 6 4

 Error- Gordon (1). Home Runs- Ethier (2),
Blake (1). RBI- Ausmus (1), Ethier 3 (4),
Blake 2 (3). LOB- Los Angeles 7, Kansas
City (7). RISP- Los Angeles 2-for-10,
Kansas City 3-for-9. DP- Ausmus-DeWitt; 
DeWitt, Furcal and Mientkiewicz.

 Los Angeles	in  h  r-er bb so  era
McDonald (1-0)	2.0  3  3-3  2  1 13.50
RuOrtiz	        3.0  2  0-0  0  3  0.00
Troncoso	1.0  0  0-0  0  0  0.00
Zerpa	        1.0  0  0-0  1  1  0.00
Schlichting	1.0  1  1-0  1  0  0.00
Guerra	        1.0  0  0-0  1  0  0.00
 HBP- by McDonald. T- 2:58. Att- 5,083.
Taiwan Trippers
The split squad of Dodgers departed Camelback Ranch – Glendale arrived on the ground safely in Taipei. Following a welcome reception, the team got some rest after the 15-hour, 33-minute, 6,414-mile flight and play the first game of the three-game goodwill series against Chinese Professional Baseball League All-Stars tonight (Friday). The contest gets going at 6:37 p.m. Taiwan time, 3:37 a.m. in Arizona due to the 15-hour time difference. Los Angeles will send Eric Stults to the mound tomorrow, Josh Towers will start on Saturday and Hong-Chih Kuo will make the start on Sunday in his home country.

Dodger Blue Notes-- Andre Ethier ended up batting both third and fourth in the game Arizona game due to a mistake in the Dodgers' official lineup. ...With half the squad in Taiwan, the front office, coaches and fans are going to get a good look at several young minor leaguers in the Dodger system. Wednesday, 2009 Midwest League Co-MVP Kyle Russell, Andrew Lambo and Brandon Watson saw significant playing time against Arizona. Against Kansas City, Dodgers' Minor League Player of the Year Dee Gordon, along with Watson, Lambo, Russell, Jaime Pedroza, 2009 Pioneer League MVP Brian Cavazos-Galvez and Austin Yount, the son of Hall of Famer Robin Yount were available. ...On March 11 in 1953, Holman Stadium in Vero Beach, FL was dedicated in honor of Bud Holman as the Dodgers beat the Philadelphia A's, 4-2. Holman Stadium would become the Dodgers' Spring Training stadium for another 55 years, before the club dedicated the Ballpark at Camelback Ranch on March 1, 2009. ...On Monday, the Dodgers were recognized with four Los Angeles ADDY Awards for the "This is My Town" campaign, which encompasses billboard, television, radio and newspaper creative along with the Dodgers Ticketing Truck. The ADDY Awards salute creative excellence by acknowledging the best in marketing and advertising, and receives more than 60,000 entries for awards each year.