Josh Towers Battered by Red

Cincinnati jumped on Josh Towers, who was still battling for a slot on the Dodgers roster, collecting a dozen hits and scoring ten runs, nine earned, in his four-inning start. The game was played in Las Vegas, and for some reason not announced, it will not count in the Cactus League standings. The Dodgers lost both ends of the two split-squad games.

The Reds led the game 9-0 after two innings before the Dodgers got on the board in the third and went on to outscore Cincinnati 4-3 the rest of the way.

Cashman Field is a tough place to play in the twilight reported Jim Gemma, the PR director of the Las Vegas 51s. Center fielder Jamie Hoffmann and third baseman Casey Blake both lost fly balls during the first inning which, along with a 35 mph wind, made things particularly tough for Towers.

Carlos Monasterios, Ramon Ortiz, Justin Miller, Luis Ayala and Juan Perez each added a scoreless inning in relief. Miller struck out the side in the seventh inning.

Prentice Redman knocked in a pair of runs. Chin-Lung Hu had two hits. Matt Kemp singled and tripled, Casey Blake doubled in a run as did Jamie Hoffmann, seemingly happy to be home after being claimed in the Rule V draft, then returned by the Yankees. The Dodgers out-hit the Reds 12-11 but left 11 men on base.

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), Gabe 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.

Charlie Haeger will start tonight against the Indians in Los Angeles. Fausto Carmona will pitch for the Clevland.