Dodgers Go Green In St. Pat's Day Loss

Éirinn Go Brách, "Ireland Forever" in Gaelic, was on everyone' lips as the Dodgers celebrated St. Patrick's Day with green uniforms, green caps and green bases as well as a full set of bagpipers along with a 10 Irish lassies dancing delightfully. One pretty lass even threw out the first ball. It was former Dodgers batting champion (1941) Pete Reiser's birthday .

But the festivities ended quickly as Chicago pitching, led by the Dodgers old nemesis, Jake Peavey, who allowed only three hits, including James Loney's first home run of the spring, and struck out six while lowering his ERA to 1.13. Andre Ethier and Casey Blake picked up singles. But the rest of the Sox hurlers were just as stingy, allowing only four innings before giving up two more in the ninth.

Starter Russ Ortiz, 35, made his first Spring Training start of 2010 having not allowed a run over two appearances in relief and staggered through his four innings of work, in trouble at every turn, but he never fell, allowing six hits and only two runs while stranding six, four of them in scoring position.

RHP Ramon Troncoso coughed up a three-run home run in his only inning.

RHP Carlos Monasterios was the only real bright spot in the pitching department. The 24-year-old was drafted by the Phillies in the Rule V draft and promptly sold to the Dodgers. He must make the 40-man roster or be returned to Philadelphia.

The young man worked three hitless innings and ran his scoreless streak to eight innings over three appearances. Justin Miller also pitched and had a 1-2-3 ninth.

Aside from Loney, Ethier and Blake, the Dodgers hits came from Reed Johnson's perfect bunt single in the seventh and Chin-Lung Hu and Ron Belliard's singles in the ninth.

The Dodgers record slipped to 4-6 with a tie and they are but 1-4 when they are the home team at Camelback Park.

Ortiz Struggled
In the first inning, Ortiz gave up a two-out, 410-foot double off the center field fence to Carlos Quentin. Former Dodger Paul Konerko lined a single to left on which Garrett Anderson, making his first start in the outfield, made a strong throw to the plate to stop the runner from scoring and a walk to Andruw Jones loaded the bases. He popped up the sixth batter of the inning to retire the side.

Ortiz retired the side in the second, leaving a runner stranded at third, then served up a leadoff double in the third to Gordon Beckham and an RBI single by Konerko to tie the game and erase Ortiz's perfect earned run average. A double to left by Jones put runners at second and third, then Alexi Ramirez's ground ball put the Sox in the lead 2-1.

James Loney put the Dodgers in front 1-0 with a booming home run over the Sox bullpen and berm in right field, his first dinger of the spring season and eighth for Los Angeles. Casey Blake followed with shot to left for a single. The next three Dodgers were retired in order.

Now trailing by a run in the last of the third, Kemp drew a one-out walk and Ethier singled to right. Manny Ramirez walked to load the bases and the game demonstrated once again, that sometimes you are the windshield and sometimes you are the bug as Loney bounced into a double play.

Ortiz grazed Ramon Castro on the top of his helmet to start the fourth and Donny Lucy replaced him but was immediately caught stealing. A spectacular double play started by Blake DeWitt ended the inning and Ortiz's afternoon.

Ramon Troncoso worked the fifth and allowed a double to Quentin (his second hit of the game), bounced a wild pitch and walked Konerko. Jones, who hit .158 seasons with with the Dodgers in 2008 and who is still collecting paychecks from them, boomed a shot into the Dodgers bullpen for three sudden runs. It was his first of the spring.

RHP Carlos Monasterios, came in with a five-perfect innings spring over two appearances, and worked around a walk in the sixth to put a "0" on the board. His own leadoff error didn't bother him and he added two more scoreless innings, running his total to eight innings. RHP Justin Miller got a ground out and two outfield flies in the ninth.

With perhaps two-thirds of the 9,791 fans still in attendance, the Dodgers mounted their first threat since the third inning when Chin-Lung Hu and Ron Belliard singled but Reed Johnson bounced into a double play to end the game.

Wade Has Surgery
Cory Wade underwent right shoulder arthroscopy in Los Angeles this morning (Monday). The surgery was performed by Dr. Neal EtAttrache. The young (26) right-hander worked in 55 games in 2008 and posted a 2.27 earned run average.

He ranked sixth among rookie relievers, second in the National League, while setting up rookie closer Jonathan Broxton.

Wade battled shoulder problems throughout 2009, pitching only 27 times for the Dodgers (2-3, 5.53) and 18 times for Albuquerque (1-1, 6.75).

He had complained about a "pinching" feeling in his shoulder and Wade and the club decided to get it taken care of. They estimated he would be out of action for three months.

Going Down
Pitchers Brent Leach, Juan Perez and Travis Schlichting, outfielder Prentice Redman and infielders Ivan DeJesus, Russell Mitchell, and Argenis Reyes were optioned to minor league camp.

Pitching Probables vs Cubs at Camelback Ranch: Chad Billingsley, RHP Jeff Weaver, RHP James McDonald and RHP Luis Ayala.

 Score by innings
White Sox	002 030 000-5
Los Angeles	010 000 000-1

 Los Angeles	ab r  h  bi  ave
Furcal ss	3  0  0  0  .208
 Carroll ss	1  0  0  0  .000
Kemp cf	        2  0  0  0  .240
 Robinson cf	1  0  0  0  .333
Ethier rf	3  0  1  0  .308
 Paul rf	1  0  0  0  .300
Ramirez dh	2  0  0  0  .364
 Hu dh	        1  0  1  0  .333
Loney 1b	3  1  1  1  .214
 Mientkiewicz 1b 1  0  0  0  .353
Blake 3b	2  0  1  0  .412
 Belliard 3b	2  0  1  0  .222
Anderson lf	2  0  0  0  .286
 Johnson lf	2  0  1  0  .261
DeWitt 2b 	2  0  0  0  .360
 Green 2b	1  0  0  0  .222
Ellis c	        2  0  0  0  .235
 May c	        1  0  0  0  .333
 Totals	        32  1  6  1
 White Sox	35  5  8  5

 Error- Monasterios (1). HR- Loney (1).
RBI- Loney (1). LOB- Los Angeles 6,
White Sox 8. RISP- Los Angeles 0-for-5,
White Sox 4-for-15. SB- Kemp (1).

  Los Angeles	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Russ Ortiz	4.0  6  2-2  2  4  2.00
Troncoso	1.0  2  3-3  1  1  8.10
Monasterios	3.0  0  0-0  1  1  0.00
Miller	        1.0  0  0-0  0  0  3.86  
 WP- Ortiz, Troncoso. Balk- Monasterios. T-2:32.
Att- 9,791.
Dodger Blue Notes-- St. Patrick's Day jerseys will be autographed following the game and sold in an online auction in April with the proceeds benefiting the Dodgers Dream Foundation. Special Assistant to the GM Bill Mueller was celebrating his birthday. ...Los Angeles and Camelback Ranch neighbor White Sox split their first two matchups on March 5 and 6 and played for spring bragging rights. The Dodgers also looked to continue their hot streak against American League opponents, having gone 4-1 against the Junior Circuit this spring. ...Two Dodgers rank among the National League Cactus League leaders in on-base percentage with second baseman Blake DeWitt ranking third with a .500 OBP and catcher A.J. Ellis ranking ninth with a .450 OBP. DeWitt also ranks ninth among N.L. Cactus Leaguers with a .375 batting average. ...The Dodgers opened camp with 66 players in Major League camp and have now pared that number down to 48. ...LHP Clayton Kershaw and LHP Eric Stults threw 5.0 innings and RHP Jonathan Broxton and LHP George Sherrill threw 2.0 innings in minor league intersquad games this morning on the back fields. In addition, RHP Hiroki Kuroda, RHP Vicente Padilla, RHP Ramon Ortiz, RHP Josh Towers, RHP Josh Lindblom, RHP James McDonald and LHP Hong-Chih Kuo all threw bullpens. Dodgers Publicity