The Los Angeles Dodgers were handed their seventh loss of Spring Training with a 7-6 loss to the Florida Marlins. Since the Marlins lost Miguel Cabrera to the Tigers in a block-buster deal, they do not have a pure source of power in their line-up. However, Florida's Taylor Tankersley, one of their finest pitchers, was credited with the win in today's game.
1) Rafael Furcal finished the game with three hits and a pair of RBIs. The speed-demon has been riding through Spring Training with a solid .357 Batting Average. Hopefully, he will continue his Pre-Season success during the 2008 Regular Season.
2) Blake DeWitt, added to the Dodgers' roster recently due to the injuries of Nomar Garciaparra and Andy LaRoche, connected on two hits in today's game, including a monsterous solo-homerun. The third-baseman is not expected to make the 2008 Opening Day roster, but is a swell replacement for now at third-base. Also, DeWitt already seems like a better option than Brandon Inge of the Tigers at third.
3) Derek Lowe, who struggled against the Boston Red Sox in his last performance, gave up three runs in four innings. However, the pitcher whiffed four Marlin batters in the outing. Lowe has posted an Earned-Run Average of 9.00 through Spring Training thus far. The hurler must work on lowering his Earned-Run Average, by perhaps inducing ground balls (like Chien Ming Wang) or even pitching in the corners of the strike-zone.
4) Yhency Brazoban, returning from a labrum surgery last season, earned the loss for the Dodgers. In two thirds of an inning, the reliever gave up three runs on two hits and one walk. One week ago he pitched a perfect inning, restoring hope in the heart of Dodgers' fans. Until I see consistent performances from Brazoban, I won't know what to expect in the 2008 Regular Season.
5) Juan Pierre's Batting Average has dropped to an even .200. Competing against Andre Ethier for the starting job in Left-Field, Pierre has not outperformed the up-and-coming outfielder. Ethier is now batting a solid .267 with four-RBIs in Spring Training. Although I'm a fan of Juan Pierre to a degree, Joe Torre would probably chose Ethier to start at the moment.
The Dodgers will face-off against the Washington Nationals tomorrow at 10.05 AM (EST). As a New Yorker, I'm excited to see Lastings Milledge once again before the 2008 Regular Season. The 22-year-old has surely developed into a slugger once he joined the Nationals. We'll see what he can do tomorrow against the mighty Dodgers!