The Dodgers tied the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim yesterday, 2-2. The Halos now have a stellar 18-8 record during Spring Training 2008. At least, one team in Los Angeles is expected to be successful in the 2008 Regular Season.
Derek Lowe gave up an early two-run homerun to Vladimir Guerrero. The hurler threw 54 pitches in his final Spring Training outing, striking out one batter. Lowe finishes Spring Training with an 0-1 record and an Earned-Run Average of 5.73. Hopefully, he will not continue to struggle during the Regular Season.
The Dodgers' bullpen held up well against their cross-town rivals. Takashi Saito, recovering from a buttocks injury, pitched a shutout inning. Hong-Chih Kuo, an integral part of the Dodgers' bullpen this Pre-Season, struck out three batters in two scoreless innings. In addition, Broxton and Falkenborg pitched perfect innings.
Rafael Furcal continued his hot hitting-streak during Spring Training, with a pair of hits and a pair of walks. The short-stop is now batting an incredible .365 during Spring Training 2008. I will not be worried about his offensive performance during the upcoming 2008 Regular Season.
Chin-Lung Hu also connected with two hits in today's game, knocking in an RBI. The Dodgers were smart to hold onto the young prospect. He should start at second-base for the Dodgers when Jeff Kent falls victim to his periodic hamstring woes.
Juan Pierre robbed Torii Hunter of a hit, when the outfielder made a miraculous catch. Offensively, however, Pierre was not that miraculous. He went zero for five, leaving six batters-on-base, while his batting-average during Spring Training dropped to an unacceptable .179.
The Dodgers will play the Boston Red Sox tonight, who have a 1-1 record in the 2008 Regular Season. Chad Billingsley will make his final start of Spring Training against the Red Sox's Bartolo Colon. The ex-Angels' ace won the AL Cy Young Award in 2005, but has fallen off the cliff ever since. Tonight, Dodgers' fans will get a glimpse of this two-time All-Star.