Ramon Ortiz Runs Scoreless Streak to Nine

Ramon Ortiz, 37 and the longest of long-shots early in the spring, ran his scoreless streak to nine straight, blanking the Anaheim Angels on two hits while striking out five in a 4-0 victory. Ortiz has not pitched in the majors since 2007 with Colorado. He was in Triple-A last year and pitched in Japan in 2008.

Ortiz was signed by the Angeles in 1995 and also pitched for the Nationals, Reds, Twins and Rockies. He has recorded a 84-80 record over 258 games, 210 of them starts, and 1,468 innings.

He pitched for Fresno in the Giants organization in 2009, recording a 3.06 earned run average over 36 games, 16 of them starts. He struck out 114 and walked only 34.

He signed as a free agent in February.

Luis Ayala and Charlie Haeger followed Ortiz and both threw scoreless innings. Ethan Martin, ranked No. 3 on LADugout's top prospect list, threw a scoreless seventh inning despite allowing two hits.

Brent Leach and Travis Schlichting completed the Dodgers first shutout of the exhibition season with a scoreless inning each.

Garret Anderson had an RBI single in the first inning. Angels fans gave him a big hand when he came up to the plate in the first inning. The current Dodgers outfielder is the Angels' career leader in hits, runs, RBIs and games played.

Casey Blake added a run-scoring single in the opening finning for a 2-0 lead.

Rookie Mario Songco, 20, slugged a towering solo home run in the seventh inning. He was the Dodgers #4 selection in the 2009 draft out of Loyola Marymount. He played for Ogden and Great Lakes last year and hit .429 in the playoffs with the Raptors.

Scott Van Slyke, 23, son of former Cardinal standout Andy Van Slyke had an RBI single in the ninth inning. He had a breakout season with Inland Empire in 2009, hitting 294 with 23 home runs and an even 100 runs batted in.

Doug Mientkiewicz, who is in contention with Anderson for the left-handed bat off the bench for the Dodgers, continued his recent hot streak at the plate with two hits, including a double in the fourth inning and boosting his average to .375 this spring.

He was also thrown out at the plate by Angels center fielder Torii Hunter when he tried to score from second base on a single by A.J. Ellis.

Dodger Triple-A manager Tim Wallach's son, catcher Matt Wallach made his initial appearance behind the plate in the game as did OF Brandon Watson the godson of former Dodger Eric Davis.

The team that traveled to Taiwan return to the lineup, including Manny Ramirez, James Loney and Ronnie Belliard.

Memorial Serivce for Willie Davis
Willie Davis 1940-2010
A private memorial service will be held tomorrow (Tuesday) for former Dodger outfielder Willie Davis (1940-2010). Davis' memorial service will be held in the Dugout Club. The Media is welcome to attend, but per the family's wishes, no cameras or recording devices will be allowed inside the Dugout Club during the service.

  William Henry Davis was born on April 15, 1940 in Mineral Springs, AR. He was a world-class sprinter at Roosevelt High in Los Angeles when he was spotted by Dodger scout Kenny Myers, who projected Davis as a baseball center fielder.  

The Dodgers signed Davis upon graduation in 1958 and he was in the Major League two years later. Davis spent 14 seasons with the Dodgers from 1960-73 and he remains the Los Angeles franchise leader in hits (2,091), extra-base hits (585), at-bats (7,495), runs (1,004), triples (110) and total bases (3,094).  

He set a team record in 1969 with a 31-game hitting streak and was a member of championship teams in 1963 and 1965. Davis won three Gold Glove Awards from 1971-73.

Return to Sender
LHP and Rule 5 draftee Armando Zerpa was sent back to the Boston Red Sox organization.    Additionally, the Dodgers reassigned RHP Eric Gagné, RHP Scott Dohmann, OF Michael Restovich and OF John Lindsey to minor league camp while LHP Scott Elbert was optioned to minor league camp.

Wearin' of the Green-- Pitching probables for St. Patrick's Day at Camelback Ranch against the White Sox will be RHP Russ Ortiz and RHP Carlos Monasterios.

 Score by innings
Los Angeles	200 000 101-4
Anaheim        	000 000 000-0

 Los Angeles	ab r  h  bi  ave
Furcal ss	2  0  1  0  .238
 Green ss	1  1  0  0  .250
DeWitt 2b	4  1  1  0  .391
 De Jesus 2b	0  0  0  0  .333
Ethier rf	3  0  2  0  .304
 Van Slyke pr-rf 2  0  1  0  .250
Kemp cf	        2  1  0  0  .261
 Songco cf	2  1  1  1  .667
Anderson lf	2  0  1  0  .400
 Repko lf-cf	1  0  0  0  .000
Blake 3b	2  0  1  1  .400
 Hatch pr-3b	1  0  0  0  .000
Johnson dh	4  0  0  0  .238
Mientkiewicz 1b	3  0  2  0  .375
 Gibbons 1b	1  0  0  0  .000
Ellis c	        2  0  1  0  .267
 Wallach c	1  0  0  0  .000
 Totals	 3        4 11 4
 Anaheim	33 0  7 0

 Two-base hits- Mientkiewicz (2).
HR- Songco (1). RBI- Anderson (1),
Blake (4), Songco (1), Van Slyke (1).
S- De Jesus. LOB- Los Angeles 9, Anaheim
8. RIPP- Los Angeles 4-for-11, Anaheim

 Los Angeles	in  h  r-er bb so  era
RaOrtiz (1-0)	4.0  2  0-0  0  5  0.00
Ayala	        1.0  1  0-0  1  1  4.50
Haeger	        1.0  1  0-0  0  2  4.50
Martin	        1.0  2  0-0  0  1  0.00
Leach	        1.0  0  0-0  1  1  0.00
Schlichting	1.0  1  0-0  0  1  0.00
 WP- Ortiz. Balk-Leach. T- 3:00. Att- 8,854.
Dodger Blue Notes-- This time it's not Interstate 5 that separated the Dodgers and Angels, but rather Interstate 10. The Boys in made the roughly 30-minute trip to Tempe in order to play the Angels at Diablo Stadium in the first of four meetings during the exhibition season. The Angels will visit Camelback Ranch – Glendale on March 22, before the teams square off back in Southern California on April 2 at Angel Stadium and April 3 at Dodger Stadium. Last year, the Dodgers and Angels split their regular season Interleague series at three games apiece. ... Vicente Padilla, who was scheduled to start the game in Tempe, pitched in a practice game along with RHP James McDonald. ...The Dodgers' traveling contingent that went to Taiwan is back safe and sound at Camelback Ranch. The plane landed at around 6:10 p.m. Sunday at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and the weary world travelers did their best to catch up on sleep and adjust back to Arizona time. ...Sunday, the 25th Annual Los Angeles Marathon will kick off at Dodger Stadium with a new course from "Stadium to the Sea" that winds through Hollywood, Beverly Hills and finishes in Santa Monica. Many of the Dodgers have recorded welcome messages for the sold out race of 25,000 runners and the club will also be sponsoring a team for the LA Marathon 5k to benefit ThinkCure! in memory of Dodger Ticket Operations Manager Desiree Sanchez. --Dodgers Publicity.