Dodgers Trip Brewers To Earn a Split

The Dodgers dropped Milwaukee 8-4 in Maryville to allowed the split squads to break even. Clayton Kershaw and Russ Ortiz handled the pitching chores on the road, holding the Brewers to six hits and a pair of earned runs. Reed Johnson and Jamey Carroll each collected three hit in the win and all nine Dodger starters had a hit, seven different Dodgers knocked in runs.

Kershaw made his second start of the spring and worked five innings, allowing only two hits while striking out six. He allowed three first inning runs but due to a throwing error on Nick Green on an attempted double play, only one of them was earned.

Ortiz took over the final four innings and gave up four hits and a run-scoring double inn the seventh.

The Dodgers overcame the Brewers big first inning,scoring three in the fourth themselves with doubles by second baseman Carroll and catcher A.J. Ellis doing the damage. Matt Kemp's sacrifice fly added a third run. Ellis double play ground ball in the sixth broke the 3-3 tie. br>
Michael Restovich's pinch-hit double drove in a run in the eighth. Closer Trevor Hoffman didn't have much better luck, allowing two runs on four hits and a wild pitch in the seventh.

Rafael Furcal opened the inning with a grounder that ticked off first baseman Joe Koshansky's glove and was ruled a single and the Dodgers took advantage.

The Dodgers have an off-day scheduled today (Tuesday), but Chad Billingsley will pitch about five innings in a Minor League game. br>
The Dodgers play their next official game Wednesday night, when they travel to play Oakland in Phoenix. Hiroki Kuroda will try to bounce back from a rough outing San Diego, but eyes will be on 22-year-old rookie Josh Lindblom, who for the second spring making a strong bid for a job. Lindblom only pitched two innings last time out, so if he makes the club, it appears it would be as a reliever.

 Score by innings
Los Angeles	000 301 220-8
Milwaukee	300 000 100-4

 Los Angeles	ab r  h  bi  ave
Furcal ss	3  1  1  0  .229
 Suarez ph-ss	1  1  1  0 1.000
Johnson rf	5  0  3  1  .294
Paul lf-cf	5  1  1  0  .320
 Mattingly cf	0  0  0  0  .333
Kemp cf	        3  1  1  1  .278
 Restovich ph-lf 1  0  1  1  .500
Belliard 1b	4  0  1  1  .167
 Mientkiewicz 1b 1  0  0  0  .283
Carroll 2b	4  2  3  0  .400
Green 3b	5  0  1  1  .182
 Ruggiano 3b	0  0  0  0  .000
Ellis c	        4  2  2  1  .308
Kershaw p	2  0  1  1  .500
 Watson ph	1  0  0  0  .143
 RuOrtiz p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Totals	        39 8 16 7
 Brewers	34 4  6 3

 Errors- Green (1). Two-base hits- Carroll
(2), Ellis (1), Restovich (1). RBI- Green
(2), Ellis (1), Kershaw (1), Kemp (7), Belliard
(2), Johnson (7), Restovich (1). LOB- Los 
Angeles 9, Milwaukee 6. RISP- Los Angeles
6-for-15, Milwaukee 0-for-10. S- Ortiz. 
SF- Kemp. 

 Los Angeles	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Kershaw (1-0)	5.0  2  3-1  3  6  1.80
RuOrtiz (sv 1)	4.0  4  1-1  0  3  2.08
 WP- Kershaw 2. T- 2:58. Att- 3.514.	
Dodgers Blue Notes-- Russell Martin, participating in a simulated game, was knocked down and hit twice by pitcher Steve Corcoran. When he was hit on the wrist, the game was over and Martin retired to the clubhouse for an ice pack. "He is fine. But the third one was the charm, so we stopped it." Corcoran was shaken after knocking Martin down the first time and obviously not intended. ...Outfielder Jamie Hoffmann, who was claimed by the Yankees in the Rule 5 draft, was returned Monday to the Dodgers. Hoffmann, a 25-year-old right-handed hitter, had a 14-game callup to the Dodgers last year after starting the season at Double-A Chattanooga. He was the first overall pick in the Rule 5 Draft by the Nationals for a fee of $50,000 and was immediately traded to the Yankees. He was offered back by the Yankees to the Dodgers, who paid $25,000 to reacquire him. Hoffmann is expected play for Triple-A Albuquerque.