It's just Spring Training.
And for the hitters, it's a good thing it is.
3 games into the preseason, and the Dodgers aren't exactly lighting the world on fire from the plate. 9 innings of baseball, 31 different plate appearances, 2 hits. Granted, the lineup was about 50-50 of starters and reserves, but those reserves will be counted on all throughout the year for big at-bats. Any way you slice it, it was a pretty pathetic performance.
Fortunately for the Dodgers, the pitching was clicking on all cylinders. Brad Penny: 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2K. Chan Ho Park: 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H. Hong-Chih Kuo: 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H. It's early, but it's encouraging to see that. Actually, in the case of Park, it's downright shocking to see him pitch any scoreless inning. For Kuo, it's a possible start to making his case for being the 5th starter. Jason Schmidt has been shut down temporarily with a sore arm, and Esteban Loaiza was just plain lit up the other day. Could it be Kuo in the end? Wouldn't surprise me.
Derek Lowe gets his first start today, with Eric Stults and Mike Myers the other scheduled pitchers to follow. I can only hope that 2-hit outing hasn't completely worn the offense out and they can find it within them to muster up another heroic performance today.