Mariners 8, Dodgers 7

I won’t bore you with too many of the details about how this one got away of how the boys blew a 7-2 lead in the final three innings, of how Chin-lung Hu made a fateful error at the start of a ninth inning in which Victor Garate later gave up a two-out, two-strike, two-run homer to Bryan LaHair to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. What I will tell you is that Casey Blake had two hits in three at-bats in his first Cactus League action since suffering a groin injury in the opener on Feb. 25. He DH’d today and will play 3B tomorrow, Joe Torre said. … A.J. Ellis had a nice game for the Dodgers, throwing out two consecutive basestealers in the second inning after they hit back-to-back singles off Chad Billingsley. Ellis also went 1 for 3 with an RBI single and was at the back end of a successful double steal, drawing a throw that allowed Jamie Hoffmann to steal home in the sixth inning. That gave the Dodgers their ill-fated, 7-2 lead. … Billingsley was otherwise solid, giving up three hits over three shutout innings, with no walks. Going to be a tough decision for Torre/Honeycutt as to whether to give the ball to Billingsley or Kuroda for the opener. But as I predicted here a few days ago, my guess is it’ll be Kuroda in the actual opener on April 6 and Billingsley in the home opener on April 13. … Dodgers fall to 5-5.

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  • Geez, you know it’s a weird inning when Hu makes an error. 😮

  • grumpy3b

    I bet you know Hu could have predicted it!

    ok…I will slink away in shame for that one but HU among us can resist such blindingly easy puns!