Monday, March 17, 2008

Dodgers fall in Vero Beach finale

The final game for the Dodgers at Vero Beach saw an uncharacteristically high scoring game with the Houston Astros. The Astros had just a bit more fuel in the tank to take the back-and-forth game, 12-10.

Chad Billingsley got the start, and had a hard time giving up the long ball. Hunter Pence, Michael Bourn, and David Newhan all went yard. His final line was 5 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 3 K. I'll focus on the positive in that he only walked 1 in 5 innings, which is a sign that his control was at least in check. Too bad those 3 fly balls that left the park weren't.

The bats were on fire throughout, and Rafael Furcal was awesome. He launched a home run in the 3rd, then hit 2 triples en route to a 3-run game. Delwyn Young scored twice and had 2 walks. Jason Repko raised his Spring Training AVG to .343 with a 2-hit day. And some young player named Preston Mattingly hit his first homer of the spring.

The best player of the day, however, was once again Andre Ethier. He finished 4-5, HR, 3 RBI, 2 R, SB. Getting the start in right field and hitting 3rd in the order, he once again proved how valuable a player he could be if given enough playing time. His AVG is now up to .354, which in my book is pretty good.

Yup, it was a great day for the Dodgers at the plate...

...EXCEPT FOR JUAN PIERRE. I can pretty much just cut and paste the same comment from the other day. Hitting in the leadoff spot, he was 0-5, lowering his AVG to .196. Man, this is getting to be really pathetic. In 51 at-bats, he's taken 4 walks for an OBP of .296. Again, pathetic. I know Joe Torre likes to give veterans chances to play, but even a blind man can see that Ethier is doing all he can to earn the spot, while Pierre is doing all he can to sit the bench.

I can say with full confidence that an Ethier-Jones-Kemp outfield is looking better and better each day.

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