Wilson Valdez went 2 for 5 and is beginning to look like a solid bet to make the team with a .367 average. But the pitching is becoming a sore subject, with Hong-Chih Kuo walking four batters in three innings and giving up two runs and Elmer Dessens giving up three runs on six hits over two innings. Grady hinted after the game that there are pitchers in camp (he didn’t name them) who seem to think they have the club made, who might be badly mistaken. The guess here is he was referring to Kuo. Dessens has a guaranteed $1.7 million in base salary, and Kuo has a minor-league option left. The Dodgers didn’t score until the sixth inning, meaning through the fifth, they had scored one run in 32 innings.