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LAst Night's Action: Dodgers, Angels and Clips All Lose

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Pittsburgh Pirates (2-0) defeat LA Dodgers (0-2) 4-3 (10 innings). Since PNC Park opened in 2001 the Dodgers cruised through going 23-7 until last season when they struggled going 1-3 at the end of the season while trying to clinch the NL West. It looks like those struggles have continued in this first series of the season. The Pirates didn’t care that Clayton Kershaw led the Majors with the lowest opponents’ slugging percentage with Garrett Jones hit another homer in the first inning with runners on first and second. While Kershaw didn’t give up another run, he had problems finding the strike zone running up his pitch count. The Dodgers responded in the fifth inning when Russell Martin hit a leadoff homer, the first for the Dodgers this season. After Rafael Furcal reached on an error, Matt Kemp drove him home with a double and Ethier knocked Kemp home with a single to tie the game.

The Dodgers had many chances to win the game none more so than in the ninth inning when Jamey Carroll led off with a pinch hit double and took third on a wild pitch. With three outs to play with to get Carroll home, Furcal grounded back to the box, Kemp struck out looking, Ethier walked and Manny Ramirez grounded to second. Ramon Ortiz after his shaky performance on Monday proved he is still unreliable when after loading the bases Pirates shortstop Ronny Cedeno lined a single over Furcal’s head. The Dodgers were 2-for-15 with runners in scoring position leaving 12 men on base. Sound familiar?

Clayton Kershaw (ND, 0-0): 4 2/3 innings, 5 hits, 3 earned runs, 4 strikeouts, 6 walks, 1 homer. 109 pitches, 59 strikes.
Ramon Ortiz (L, 0-1): 0.1 innings, 1 hit, 1 earned run, 2 walks.

Ross Ohlendorf (ND, 0-0): 5 innings, 4 hits, 3 runs (2 earned), 1 strike out, 3 walks, 1 homer. 91 pitches, 50 strikes.
Brendan Donnelly (W, 1-0): 1 innings, 2 walks.