The Los Angeles Dodgers played twice today, once in China and once in America. On American soil, the Dodgers captured their seventh win of Spring Training with a 6-1 victory over the Washington Nationals. Against the Padres on the other side of the world, the game was declared a tie at three runs a piece.
1) Andre Ethier smacked three hits against the Washington Nationals, including a two-run homerun. Ethier finished off the game with four total RBIs, as compared to Juan Pierre who didn't even get a hit in today's game. If the Dodgers value performance over salary when distributing playing time, Ethier will certainly win the starting job in Left-Field for the 2008 Regular Season.
2) Brad Penny pitched five innings in today's game, limiting the Washington Nationals to only one hit. He has posted a 0.90 Earned Run-Average thus far through Spring Training 2008. He may be on the verge of winning the Cy Young Award in the 2008 Regular Season if he continues to play this well.
3) Takashi Saito pitched a perfect inning in America. The superb reliever is nursing a strained-calf, but his injury did not have an effect on his phenominal performance today. Saito is expected to make six more appearances in Spring Training 2008.
4) Chan Ho Park capitalized against the San Diego Padres today in China. The South-Korean ace threw five innings giving up only one hit and struck out three batters. Park has a perfect Earned-Run Average through Spring Training, and should have a spectacular 2008 Regular Season. He will probably serve as the fifth starter in the Dodgers' Starting Rotation in 2008.
5) Andruw Jones went 1-3 with an RBI and a walk in China. Andruw Jones said, "I'm feeling like my swing is coming around. I've been working on my balance and I'm starting to see some results." Despite packing on some pounds during the off-season, Jones is performing well and I'm expecting to see him produce solid numbers in the 2008 Regular Season.
The Dodgers will be playing the final game in China tomorrow against the San Diego Padres. Go Dodgers!