Tuesday, March 9
Rockies at the plate: Seth Smith led the way for Colorado with an RBI single and two doubles, one of them for two RBIs, in a 3-for-4 afternoon. Clint Barmes, Jonathan Herrera and Paul Phillips added doubles, and regulars Melvin Mora, Dexter Fowler, Carlos Gonzalez and Ryan Spilborghs added singles. Fowler and Gonzalez also each stole a base, their firsts of the spring.Dodgers at the plate: Andre Ethier singled in two at-bats and Xavier Paul accounted for both of the Dodgers' other two hits, including the hardest-hit ball of the game by either club, a laser of a triple that rebounded hard off the batter's eye in center field beyond the 410-foot marker.
Dodgers on the mound: The Dodgers had three important pieces of their pitching staff making their spring debuts Tuesday, with starter Hiroki Kuroda, closer Jonathan Broxton and setup man George Sherrill all working. Kuroda went two innings and gave up two runs -- one earned -- on two hits while striking out three and walking one. Broxton gave up one run on three hits in one inning, striking out one. Sherrill lasted two-thirds of an inning and gave up three runs, although none were earned, on two hits with a walk and a strikeout. Other Dodgers pitchers included Juan Perez, Hong-Chih Kuo, Luis Ayala and Charlie Haeger,Worth noting: The wintry weather that has blown through the Valley caused mid-50s temperatures and 20-plus-mph winds that made several pop flies an adventure. One off the bat of Spilborghs with the bases loaded in the third inning was in foul territory by first base before blowing over almost all the way to the second-base bag, where Dodgers second baseman Blake DeWitt made the catch. It also contributed to three errors in the game (two by Los Angeles, one by Colorado) and an adventurous double by Smith that Paul appeared to have a bead on in left field before it went over his head and dropped. Cactus League records: Rockies 6-2; Dodgers 1-3 Up next: Don Mattingly will make his managerial debut with the Dodgers as regular skipper Joe Torre leaves Arizona with the Taiwan contingent. Mattingly's men will host the D-backs at Camelback Ranch and the pro-tem manager will give the ball to right-handed starter Vicente Padilla, who will try to build upon the successful spring debut of five days ago, when he threw two shutout innings against the White Sox. Padilla will be followed by righties Ramon Ortiz, Eric Gagne, Jeff Weaver and Justin Miller. Righty Dan Haren gets the start for the D-backs.
Doug Miller is a national writer for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less