Normally birthdays are a joyous occasion not to be forgotten. This doesnít apply for Brett Tomko (0-2) though. Last week in his season debut and on his 32nd birthday, the Dodgers thumped him and the Giants 6-0.
Throughout his career, Tomko has had success pitching at Chavez Ravine. Heading into Wednesday nightís game he owned a 4-1 record, with a 2.62 ERA in a span of 10 starts in Dodger town.
Opposing Tomko in his second start of the season Wednesday night was Dodger lefty Odalis Perez (2-0). Perez was triumphant a week ago against the Giants, lasting five innings, striking out a pair and earning the victory.
Pitching proved to be a problem for the Giants once again Wednesday, with Perez holding the Giants in check for most of the game and Tomko not fooling anybody on the mound.
The Dodgers scored first in the game in the third inning on a Hee-Seop Choi line-drive home run down the right field line. JD Drew followed with his second walk of the game, setting up Jeff Kent, who launched a two-run bomb into the left-center field bleachers, giving the Dodgers a 3-0 lead.
The late arriving Dodger faithful again had reason to cheer in the fourth inning, with the Dodgers adding another run on a pair of doubles from Ricky Ledee and Paul Bako.
After surrendering two more hits in the fifth inning, Tomko was pulled. Finishing up the game strong and not allowing any other runs were Jason Christiansen, Tyler Walker, Jeff Fassero and Matt Herges.
Perez finally looked human in the seventh inning, as the Giants were able to get their lone run of the ball game. Edgardo Alfonzo drove the run in, smacking a double off the left field wall, allowing Lance Niekro to score from second. This would be the last run of a game that would end 4-1, in the Dodgers favor.
Perez pitched another gem against the Giants lasting six innings, allowing only one run and four hits. At one point in the game Perez retired 15 straight Giants hitters. Closing out the game in the ninth and earning the save was Eric Gagne's replacement Yhency Brazoban.
The only bright spot for the Giants was Alfonzo who continued with his hit hot hitting streak, going 2-4 with an RBI. ëFonzi is leading the league in hitting and has fielded third base brilliantly up to this point in the season.
Kent was also impressive and continued to light up his former team, going 2-4 with a homerun and two runs batted in. Also having solid games with two hits a piece were Choi and Jose Valentin.
So far in 2005 the Dodgers have taken four out of five from the Giants. The rowdy rivalry has14 games remaining this season, with the next series beginning on May 24 in San Francisco.
The Giants next head to Colorado where they will take on the Rockies Friday night. Noah Lowry will head to the hill for the Giants looking for his first win of the season, opposing him will be the Rockies right-hander Jamey Wright. The Dodgers next play Friday as they welcome the Padres to town.
Cord has been a Giants junkie since he could blink and is an enthusiast for playing and watching most sports. Getting paid to be around baseball is his ultimate goal and he is confidant it will happen soon. Hit him up at Cordnowell@gmail. com
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