After two 7-1 victories to start the week, the past few days have had a little something for everyone … meltdowns by the defense, the offense, Jonathan Broxton and Chad Billingsley. Health concerns. Mental mistakes. A feeding frenzy for the pessimistic (or realistic, if you wish).
I believe we call these teaching opportunities for the boys in blue.
- Aaron Miles and Matt Kemp continued their battle for the team home run lead, each hitting their second of the spring to tie Rod Barajas and Jerry Sands.
- Blake Hawksworth pitched a near-fllawless 1 2/3 relief innings, though he hit one batter with a pitch.
- Kenley Jansen pitched a perfect sixth inning with a strikeout.
- Tony Gwynn Jr. reached base twice and has a .360 spring on-base percentage.
- Billingsley had only allowed seven baserunners in 6 2/3 innings in March before an all-over-the-place performance today: four hits, four walks, four runs allowed in 3 1/3 innings.
- Jay Gibbons went 0 for 3 to fall to 1 for 17.
- Infielders Ivan DeJesus Jr., Justin Sellers and Christian Lara made errors.
- Javy Guerra allowed four runs (two earned) and walked three in two-thirds of an inning.
- Kirk Gibson’s wife left Game 1 of the 1988 World Series early. Eric Stephen passes along the story at SB Nation.
- Juan Castro and his wife Yadira became parents for the second time Thursday night.
- Pitcher Luis Vasquez was optioned to the minors.
- Former Dodger Andy LaRoche, playing shortstop today for Oakland, drove in two runs.
- All members of Takashi Saito’s family in Japan are now accounted for, writes Adam McCalvy of MLB.com.