Greetings Dodger fans and blood enemies, JC here. I'll be trying to string a few thoughts nightly about the finest team in the Majors, the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Won't lose any sleep about folks who would criticize this article series for being biased, mainly because it is. However, my mission is to be informative and bring a laugh or two to the party as well.
The Dodger Line Drives element of the headline for these articles goes back to the O'Malley days when the Dodger organization would publish a monthly newsletter for distribution to all in their ticket data base. Many issues from the '70s and '80s reside in my archives.
I have not seen it for a few years, so will make the rash assumption the Dodgers no longer publish under that name.
Dogging The Wolf - Unimpressive effort by the lefty in a double return engagement, both in his second go around as a Dodger as well as returning to the city where he pitched much of last season. Escaped major trouble in the second then got back on track only to fall off again in the sixth, but body language was unimpressive all night.
Kemp Brings Stick - The only Dodger with more than one hit, Matt ripped a single into center in the second and was credited with an infield single in the Dodgers' two-run fourth.
One Out Of Nine Not Good Enough - The only inning the Dodgers were able to score was the fourth. Doubles by Manny Ramirez and Russell Martin tallied the first and Casey Blake's sacrifice fly plated Martin with the second.
Speed Demon O-Dog - After stealing second base in the fifth inning, new Dodger second baseman Orlando Hudson now is half way to his total steals from last year. Also should be noted after wearing No. 30 all spring, Hudson has switched to No. 13 for the regular season.
Mota 2.0 - The first reliever into the game was also marking his Dodger reincarnation. First dealt to L.A. by the Montreal Expos in March of 2002 with Wilkin Ruan for Matt Herges and minor leaguer Jorge Nunez, Guillermo Mota returns to the scene of his greatest success having notched an ERA of 2.60 over 228.2 innings in 171 games wearing Dodger Blue.
Upgraded Shade Of Blue - Will Ohman, formerly of the Cubs and Braves, made his Dodger debut following Mota. Like Wolf, Ohman played college ball at Pepperdine and replaces Joe Beimel as the situational lefty in the Dodger bullpen. He worked a perfect seventh inning, getting three flyball outs.
Welcome To The Show - The last Dodger pitcher of the game was former Marlin and Pirate farmhand Ronald Belisario, who was a surprise addition to the squad. Belisaro, who worked six scoreless innings in four Major League exhibition games this spring, worked a perfect eighth inning while striking out Chase Headley in the middle of the frame.