Dodgers Lose Camelback Finalé 6-2 to Giants

The Giants whacked Opening Day starter Vicente Padilla for three runs in the third inning and went on to top the Dodgers 6-2 in their farewell contest at Camelback Park. The split squad schedule will see the Dodgers and Reds meeting in Albuquerque later in the evening.

Padilla was making his fifth and final start of the spring and allowed four runs, although only one of them was earned due to Rafael Furcal's fifth error of the exhibition season.

The Dodgers managed only seven hits off five San Francisco pitchers with only Rafael Belliard collecting more than one. at one point the Giants retired 10 consecutive batters.

Lindsey' home run came with catcher Russell Martin on base. Martin was making only his second appearance of the spring after being injured in the opening game.

Russ Ortiz gave up a solo home run in the fourth and John Ely, who came to the Dodgers in the Juan Pierre trade, allowed the final two runs.

Don Mattingly was at the helm in the afternoon game and Joe Torre will manage the later game in Las Vegas.

The 51s were the Dodgers' Triple-A affiliate from 2001-08 and it marks the return of seven Dodgers who passed through the "Entertainment Capital of the World" on their way to the big leagues including Blake DeWitt (2008), A.J. Ellis (2008), Andre Ethier (2006), Gabriel Gutierrez (2005), Jamie Hoffmann (2006), Chin-lung Hu (2007-08) and Matt Kemp (2006-07). The Dodgers last played in Las Vegas on March 30, 2006, when they played the Mariners in an exhibition game.

  RHP Josh Towers will make his third Spring Training start with RHP Ramon Ortiz, RHP Carlos Monasterios, RHP Luis Ayala and RHP Justin Miller pitching in relief. LHP Travis Wood will start for the Reds.

The Numbers Game
Dodger starting pitching has been nothing short of spectacular this spring as four of the club's hurlers appear in the Top-10 among NL Cactus League leaders with Ramon Ortiz (1.15, 1st), Clayton Kershaw (1.69, 5th), Chad Billingsley (1.84, 6th) and Russ Ortiz (2.40, 9th). In addition, right-handers Chad Billingsley (1.84) and Hiroki Kuroda (2.51) would rank seventh and tenth, respectively, but come up just short of qualifying.

In fact, the four rotation mainstays (Kershaw, Billingsley, Kuroda and Vicente Padilla) plus the two Ortiz's, Charlie Haeger and Carlos Monasterios have combined to go 8-5 with a 2.50 ERA (32 ER/115.1 IP) in 41 games (19 starts). Finally, Ramon Ortiz ranks third with 21 strikeouts and Kershaw is tied for ninth with 17.

  Dodger right fielder Andre Ethier has slugged four Cactus League homers, which ties him for fourth among all NL Cactus Leaguers. Ethier also ranks fifth in total bases (35). Third baseman Casey Blake has been swinging a hot bat and enters play today tied for seventh among the NL Cactus Leaguers with a .386 average and ranks tenth with a .440 on-base percentage. Fellow infielder Blake DeWitt ranks seventh with a .452 on-base percentage and catcher A.J. Ellis is tied for second with ten walks.

Pitching Probables
Thursday, April 1, 7:10 p.m. vs. Indians, Los Angeles RHP Charlie Haeger vs. RHP Fausto Carmona
Friday, April 2, 7:05 p.m. at Angels, LHP Clayton Kershaw vs. RHP Ervin Santana
Saturday, April 3, 1:10 p.m. vs. Angels, Los Angeles RHP Chad Billingsley vs. RHP Joel Pineiro

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