The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim handed the Dodgers their second-straight loss. The Angels now have a 16-7 record in Spring Training, which is the best record in the Cactus League. Thus far, Torii Hunter and Vladimir Guerrero have been their top offensive performers.
Blake DeWitt, who is expected to be the Dodgers' starting third-baseman for 2008, knocked in a run on a splendid double. Juan Pierre also hit an RBI double, scoring Chin-Lung Hu. Tony Abreu, also in the mix for the starting third-base spot, made an impressive defensive play.
Tony Abreu and Ramon Martinez were filling in for Jeff Kent at second-base. Joe Torre exclaimed that Jeff Kent, suffering from a hamstring injury, may not be ready for Opening Day 2008. Instead, the former-Giant will probably be back in the starting line-up on April 5th, 2008.
Derek Lowe made a superb performance, giving up only four hits in six innings. The starting pitcher retired the first ten batters that he faced in today's game. Lowe had been previously been struggling in Spring Training and is expected to make one final start before the 2008 Regular Season.
Takashi Saito earned the loss, surrendering three runs in the seventh inning, featuring a two-run shot off the bat of Mike Napoli. If the 38-year-old had pitched a perfect frame, the Dodgers may have won the game, 2-1.
Los Angeles will face-off against Colorado tomorrow at 1.05 PM. This will be a great opportunity to scout the former-National League Champions. I hope that they will not repeat their success in the 2008 Regular Season.