The Los Angeles Dodgers suffered a dreadful loss earlier today to their division rivals, the Colorado Rockies. The game almost lasted three hours, torturing Dodgers' fans as their top pitchers gave up eight earned-runs. Unfortunately, the Rockies are one of the various teams blocking the Dodgers from an easy path to first-place in the National League West.
Juan Pierre was unable to get a hit in today's loss. The disatisfied outfielder recently spoke with Joe Torre, requesting more at-bats. The speedster is basically pleading for a starting job in the 2008 Regular Season, since his .188 batting average through Spring Training does not seem promising. Andre Ethier looks like a better option in left-field for 2008, but the Dodgers will probably end up starting Juan Pierre.
James Loney connected for three hits in the game, including a double. Chin-lung Hu, a contender in starting-job chaos at third-base for Opening Day 2008, smacked an RBI-triple. Although Los Angeles racked up ten hits in the game, they only managed to score two runs.
Chad Billingsley had a horrible outing, surrending five runs on eight hits in only four innings. The hurler was credited with the loss. The Dodgers' poor pitching truly cost them the game today.
Esteban Loaiza gave up three runs in three innings on the mound. However, the veteran struck out two batters. Torre probably threw the former-White Sox starter into the game just to get in some extra innings before the Regular Season.
Tomorrow, the Dodgers have a late-night game against the Kansas City Royals. Hiroki Kuroda will be starting for Los Angeles, and will be relieved by Clayton Kershaw. If the Dodgers don't win tomorrow, I would be very worried about their future success in the 2008 Regular Season.
It has been confirmed that Hong-Chih Kuo and Delwyn Young will be on the Dodgers' roster for Opening Day 2008.