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Monday, April 05, 2010

And We Shall Not Speak Of This Again: Pirates 11, Dodgers 5

One of the surprises I didn't mention earlier was the fact that Rule 5 pick Carlos Monasterios made the team out of spring training. If you were listening to or watching today's catastrophe of a season opener, he, Ramon Russ Ortiz, and Jeff Weaver were the only Dodger pitchers to escape unscathed. Vicente Padilla (seven runs, all earned over four and a third wretched innings) and George Sherrill (three runs, all earned, over an inning) both got spanked by the Pirates — the Pirates! — on Opening Day, a rather humiliating development that we hope will pass tomorrow. (Update 4/6: Ramon Ortiz pitched in relief of Padilla in the fifth, and not only allowed all his inherited baserunners to score, giving up a bases-loaded double to Ryan Church, but let Ronnie Cedeno knock in Church on a doinker single. Both the Yahoo and ESPN box scores — which I suspect are derived from the same sources — originally failed to record Ramon's appearance in the game. The possibility that having two R. Ortizes on the team is confusing the scorers may prove problematic for as long as both are on the 25-man roster.)

Zach Duke wasn't terrific but lasted long enough for the win. 28-year-old sophomore Garrett Jones, who only once before had a SLG over .500, that in a partial season at AA New Britain, started off this year with a bang, hammering a pair of longballs off Padilla; shockingly, the second, a solo blast in the third, was not a knockout blow.

So the Dodgers, and the day. Claims that the Dodgers weren't aligning the rotation for starts by Billingsley and Kershaw at home ring somewhat hollow now, at least, it seems so to me.

Incidental notes:

ESPN BoxDodgers recap

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Ortiz gave up a run (the Pirates' 8th of the day). He allowed a bases-clearing double to pinch-hitter Ryan Church, who came around to score later that inning. It disappeared from the Yahoo! box at some point, but it happened.
Yeah, I was wondering about that.

Ah, I see my confusion — both Ortizes (Ortizi?) pitched in this game, Ramon in relief of starter Padilla, and Russ in the seventh.

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