08:48 PM ET 04.06 | The Los Angeles Dodgers have split their series against the San Diego Padres with one win each. San Diego slid into first place in the National League West by half a game after today's 4-1 win over the Dodgers. The rubber-match between these two organizations will be tomorrow at 4:05 PM EST.
Recap of Friday's Game:
Hiroki Kuroda had a stellar debut for the Dodgers, pitching in seven full innings. The Japanese starter captured his first win of the Regular Season striking out four batters. In this game, the Padres were held to only four total hits.
Takashi Saito confessed, "I was a little worried in the beginning of Spring Training, but every pitcher who comes to the States from Japan goes through adjustments. I had to go through adjustments when I came over. When I saw his game against Boston [four hitless innings last Sunday], I was relieved and happy. I've seen so many of his games in Japan, it is not surprising that he can pitch like this. I saw that he had made the adjustments and was ready for the season." Hopefully, Kuroda will continue to be successful for Los Angeles.
In addition to Kuroda's spectacular performance, Russell Martin connected on his first hit of the Regular Season. The All-Star catcher had started the 2008 Regular Season swinging 0-for-13. Thankfully, he has made contact and will begin hitting as well as he did last season.
Rafael Furcal added two hits in Friday's late game. The shortstop has a terrific .412 batting average thus far. The former-Brave may have a realistic shot at making the 2008 All-Star Game representing the National League if he maintains his magnificent batting average.
For the first time in Blake DeWitt's young career, the third-baseman went hitless. As long as he does not make this a trend, there is no reason to be concerned. After all, Dodgers' fans are thankful just to have him on their roster and be their savior at third-base.
Recap of Saturday's Game:
Brad Penny got battered early in the game to earn his first loss of the 2008 Regular Season. The Dodgers' ace threw six innings, surrendering four runs on ten hits. He now has a 1-1 record and 2.84 Earned-Run Average.
On a good note, Beimel and Troncoso came in to pitch two perfect innings. Except for that Esteban Loaiza incident against the Giants, the Dodgers' bullpen has been holding up well. Hopefully, their pitching staff will continue to intimidate and shut down batters.
Where was the Dodgers' offense? Not at PETCO Park, as the Dodgers' offense only totaled two hits in the game. James Loney hit his second-double of the Regular Season, and Rafael Furcal connected for a triple and scored the Dodgers' sole run.
Let tomorrow bring a brighter day, and hopefully a win!
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