Dodgers Perfect Guests, Lose 5-2 in Taiwan

The Dodgers were on their best behavior in Taiwan, losing the opening game of a three-game set 5-2 to the CPBL All-Stars. Dodgers pitching surrendered 12 hits, the Dodgers could only garner three, two of them coming in a two-run eighth inning.

Paul Archey, MLB senior vice president of international operations, and Major League Baseball Players Association chief operating officer Gene Orza, said at a news conference Thursday that the full-squad Dodgers lost two of three on their last visit in 1993, and they "guaranteed" that wouldn't happen again.

Los Angeles was held to one hit, a single by Trayvon Robinson, until the eighth inning. John Lindsey, pinch-hitting for a hitless Manny Ramirez, walked and James Loney got the second hit of the game for the Dodgers.

After Russell Mitchell singled, Chin-Lung Hu, a native of Taiwan, singled to score both Dodger runs.

Eric Stults started and worked three hitless innings, allowing only a walk and striking out four.

The CPBL All-Stars broke the game open in the bottom of the fifth. Wang Sheng-wei belted a double and Pan Wu-hsiung added a single off the Dodgers' Korean reliever Hyang-nam Choi, who pitched in Albuquerque last season, to give Taiwan a 2-0 lead. It added another three runs an inning later.

Choi was tagged for four hits and the first two runs on the game in the fifth inning and took the loss.

The Chinese Professional Baseball League All-Stars added three more in the seventh, two off Jose Castillo and a single run on Mario Alvarez. Francisco Felix allowed a pair of hits in the eighth but didn't give up a run.

Catcher Lucas May was hit by a pitch on the left ankle and left the game in favor of J.D. Closser.

The Dodgers blew a scoring opportunity in the top of the sixth when Hu popped out with two out and the bases loaded. He made up for it with a two-run single in the eighth.

Chin-feng Chen, who played in the Dodgers' organization from 1999-2005 and appeared in 19 major league games, was 1-for-1 before leaving for a pinch-hitter in the fifth inning.

Vice-President of MLB Asia Jim Small told Ken Gurnick of that this series could lead to an eventual opening game series in Taiwan.

The second game of the Taiwan series is tonight at 10 p.m, with Josh Towers starting against RHP Chien-Fu Yang.

Manny's Incentive
The Tiawan Television News Channel Focus Taiwan reported that "To secure the presence of the free-spirited Ramirez and increase the series' appeal, Bros Sports said it gave Ramirez a US$170,000 appearance fee and endorsement deal."

Manny was ambivalent about going on the trip at first, perhaps he was waiting for the agreement to fall into place.

Manny was 0-for-3 before leaving the game in the eighth.

Even with Manny on board, local fans expressed disappointment with the split squad roster, with many demanding refunds, and ticket sales have been affected. As of Wednesday, there were 3,000 tickets still available for Game 1 and a combined 1,000 tickets left for Games 2 and 3.

 Score by innings
Los Angeles	000 000 020-2
CPBL All-Stars	000 020 30x-5

 Los Angeles	ab r  h  bi  ave
Robinson rf	4  0  1  0  .250
Paul cf	        5  0  0  0  .000
Ramirez dh	3  0  0  0  .000
 Lindsey ph-dh	1  1  0  0  .000
Loney 1b	3  0  1  0  .333
 Berroa pr-3b	0  1  0  0  .000
Belliard 2b	2  0  0  0  .000
 Redman pr-lf	1  0  0  0  .000
Mitchell 3b-1b	2  0  0  0  .000
May c	        2  0  0  0  .000
 Closser pr-c	1  0  0  0  .000		
Hu ss-2b	3  0  1  2  .333
Barton lf	2  0  0  0  .000
 Carroll ss	2  0  0  0  .000
 Dodgers        31 2  3 2
 CPBL All-Stars	34 5 12 5

 Error- Robinson. RBI- Hu 2 (2). LOB- Los 
Angeles 10, CPBL All-Stars 8, RISP- Los 
Angeles 1-for-10, CPBL All-Stars 4-for-8. 
CS- Robinson. PO- Robinson, by Felix 2.

 Los Angeles	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Stults	        3.0  0  0-0  1  4  0.00
Choi (0-1)	1.2  4  2-2  1  1 10.80
Castillo	1.2  3  2-2  0  1 10.80
Alvarez	        0.2  3  1-1  1  1 13.50
Felix	        1.0  2  0-0  0  1  0.00
 HBP- Belliard, Ma  y. T- 2:58. Att- 7,952.