Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Brazoban shelled in loss to Marlins

With the Dodgers in a back-and-forth battle with the Florida Marlins this afternoon, Yhency Brazoban had a chance to hold a 2-run lead in the 7th. Instead, he failed miserably.

Lasting only 0.2 innings, Brazoban gave up 3 runs on 2 hits and a walk. Joe Beimel didn't do a whole lot better, as he was charged with 1 run on 3 hits in 1.1 innings. The Marlins ended up edging the Dodgers 7-6.

Maybe I'm being too harsh here (it's only Spring Training, bla bla bla), but the disheartening part about this whole thing is that those are 2 guys the Dodgers will rely on the most to keep leads in the late innings. Brazoban is still coming back from an injury, which may be why he's given up 5 runs in 2.2 innings for a 20.45 ERA. To be pulled during the inning of a Spring Training game is also not a good sign. I hope he gets his stuff together because he's overpowering when he's on.

In better news, the offense has picked up the slack in a big way recently, starting with a 20 spot on Saturday. Matt Kemp and Andruw Jones have all hit key home runs the last few days that helped lead to wins. Rafael Furcal added a big triple and 2 RBI's today. Basically, the guys you want to see hitting have been.

With half of the team off to China for 2 games, the rest of the squad plays the Washington Nationals on Wednesday. Chad Billingsley gets the ball, with Jason Johnson to follow.

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