Pesky Padres Dump L.A. Again

For the second night in succession, the Padres topped the Dodgers on the strength of a big inning. Six runs in the seventh made the difference on Friday, four runs in the second was more than Los Angeles could overcome and they managed only two hits in a 5-1 loss. Ronnie Belliard recorded the only Dodgers run with a home run in the fifth.

Belliard's shot was not only the only run, it was the only hit until two out in the ninth when rookie Pedro Baez slammed a double down the left field line for the second, and final hit.

Joe Torre used a lineup that opened with five consecutive left-handed batters to win the afternoon contest 5-4 over the Rangers. For the second game of the split-squad double header, Torre penciled in a lineup that featured switch hitter Rafael Furcal followed by the eight right-handed bats of Reed Johnson, Matt Kemp, Manny Ramirez, Casey Blake, Jamey Carroll, Ronnie Belliard, A.J. Ellis and Vicente Padilla to face left-hander Matt LeBlanc of the Padres.  

The strategy didn't bother LeClerc much. He retired 14 of 16 Dodgers he faced over five innings, allowing a walk in the fourth and a single hit, a home run, with two out in the fifth. It also didn't faze his successor, Cory Luebke, who didn't allow a hit in his three innings of work.

  Padilla (1-1) was tagged with four runs in the second inning and the Dodgers couldn't come close to overcoming that lead. L.A. did work three walks and San Diego hit a batter but they left five on base.

The only bright spot in the chilly evening came when rookie Josh Lindblom retired all six Padres he faced in the eighth and ninth innings.

Los Angeles slid to 5-8 and San Diego moved to 7-9.

Shaky Fourth Inning
Vicente Padilla, making his third start, allowed a hit in the first inning that was erased by a double play, then was four in the second, including an RBI single by catcher Yorvit Torrealba and a three-run home run by second baseman Matt Antonelli (the two batting seventh and eighth in the lineup).

When Manny Ramirez came to bat in the bottom of the second, he was greeted by a roar and the stands lit up with dozens of flashing cameras, some as far away as the right field foul pole. He rewarded them with what appeared at first to be a home run but was caught at the warning track.

In the third, Padilla surrendered a single, then threw a ball in the dirt to first base in an attempted to pick him off and it skipped past Ronnie Belliard. He stranded the runner at second base.

In the meantime, Padre starter Wade LeBlanc retired the first 10 Dodgers in order before he walked outfielder Reed Johnson in the fourth inning. With two out, Ramirez again stirred up the crowd with a long shot just foul down the left field line. He ended the inning with a pop to the shortstop.

With two out in the fifth Ronnie Belliard tagged a LeBlanc fastball and drove it over the Dodgers bullpen and over the fans under the decorative umbrellas for a home run and the first Los Angeles hit of the game.

Padilla finished his five innings and gave way to George Sherrill in the sixth. Padilla had allowed three scattered singles after the big home run in the second inning. He allowed seven hits and had struck out four, three of them in the fourth.

Sherrill, who hates spring training, allowed a pair of hits but finished with two strikeouts and a scoreless inning. Cory Luebke replaced LeBlanc and retired the side in order in the sixth.

Jonathan Broxton was victimized by an error on Furcal's second error when he threw in the dirt and Belliard could not come up with it. A sacrifice fly eventually drove in the unearned run. Broxton reached his pitch count and Justin Miller took over with two out and two on, ending the inning with a strikeout but the Padres led 5-1.

Luebke hit Casey Blake with a pitch and walked Jamey Carroll, giving Belliard another chance to be a hero. He nearly came through, driving a long shot to the warning track in left to end the inning.

Josh Lindblom, the Dodgers second selection in the 2008 draft and nearly made the staff last spring, made his first official appearance a memorable one, retiring San Diego in order in the eighth and ninth, recording three strikeouts.

The third San Diego pitcher and the first right hander they used, Liz Radhames, took the mound in the ninth. With two out, rookie third baseman Pedro Baez lined a double down the left field line for the Dodgers second hit of the night. Timo Perez then struck out to end the inning and the game.

McDonald Sent to Minors
Pitcher James McDonald, who was a strong candidate for the fifth starting slot this season and who spent most of last season in the Major Leagues was optioned to the minor league camp.

McDonald was battered for six runs in only 1.1 innings by the Padres Friday night and finished the evening with a 20.25 earned run average

 Score by innings
San Diego	040 000 100-5
Los Angeles	000 001 000-1

 Los Angeles	ab r  h  bi  ave
Furcal ss	3  0  0  0  .219
 Lambo lf	1  0  0  0  .000
Johnson rf	2  0  0  0  .241
 Van Slyke rf	1  0  0  0  .200
Kemp cf	3  0  0  0  .273
 Watson cf	1  0  0  0  .167
Ramirez lf	3  0  0  0  .333
 Berroa ss	1  0  0  0  .375
Blake 3b	2  0  0  0  .304
 Baez pr-3b	1  0  1  0  .143
Carroll 2b	2  0  0  0  .273
 Sellers pr-2b	1  0  0  0  .000
Belliard 1b	3  1  1  1  .188
 Lindblom p	0  0  0  0  .000
Ellis c	2  0  0  0  .273
Padilla p	1  0  0  0  .000
 Sherrill p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Lindsey ph	1  0  0  0  .000
 Broxton p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Miller p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Mientkiewicz 1b	1  0  0  0  .300
 Totals	29  1  2  1
 Padres	35  5 10  5

 Errors- Furcal 2 (3), Padilla (1).
Two-base hit- Baez (1). HR- Belliard (1).
RBI- Belliard (1). LOB- Los Angeles 5,
San Diego 6. RISP- Los Angeles 0-for-3,
San Diego 3-for-8. 

 Los Angeles	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Padilla	5.0  7  5-5  0  5  4.50
Sherrill	1.0  2  0-0  0  2  5.40
Broxton	0.2  1  1-0  1  0  4.91
Miller	0.1  0  0-0  0  1  3.60
Lindblom	2.0  0  0-0  0  3  0.00
 T- 2:44. Att- 13,506 (record).
Another Record Gate
Camelback Park broke the Cactus League single-game attendance record for the third day in succession, packing 13,506 fans into the park.

The Cub-Dodgers game set the record Thursday bettered a six-year old record by drawing 13,413 and the White Sox and Cubs drew 13,444 on Saturday. Over the last three days, including a Padres-White Sox game this afternoon, 47,077 fans have spun the turnstiles at Camelback.

Dodger Blue Notes-- After hitting the game-tying double in a 5-4 win over Texas in the afternoon, C Lucas May and RHP Jon Link (who recorded a save in the game) were optioned to minor league camp. RHP Javy Guerra was sent to minor league camp yesterday and the Dodgers have trimmed their spring roster to 44 players, including the injured Cory Wade and the yet to arrive Ronald Belisario. ...

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