Padres 8, Dodgers 2
Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly wants closer Jonathan
Broxton to believe that one inning – the ninth – belongs to
”That’s the plan,” Mattingly said.
The plan looked as if it were still on the drawing board
Thursday when Broxton struggled in the sixth inning of an 8-2 loss
to the San Diego Padres.
”I’ve watched some of the best get beat up in spring
training,” said Mattingly, who remembered spring games when Goose
Gossage got battered around when both were with the New York
Broxton, who struggled late last season, gave up a tying home
run to Padres second baseman Jarrett Hoffpauir, who led off the
sixth by launching a 0-1 pitch over the left field wall.
Broxton, 1-1 in spring training, faced five San Diego batters
but didn’t retire one. He allowed three hits, walked one and put
another batter, center fielder Curtis Maybin, on base when he hit
him with a pitch.
After minor-league pitcher Stuart Pomeranz relieved Broxton,
Maybin scored on a three-run homer by right fielder Curtis Hunter,
who launched a 1-2 punch on to the picnic area that overlooks right
Padres right-hander Simon Castro, who spent last season with
Double-A San Antonio, picked up the win in relief of starter Wade
LeBlanc, who worked four innings, allowing four hits and striking
Before the Dodgers fell to 5-9 in Cactus League play, Mattingly
talked about how he wanted Broxton to develop a mentality that he
would take over in the ninth.
”I want him to have success,” Mattingly said. ”But nothing,
outside of injury, is going to happen right now. This is just about
getting guys ready.”
Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw continued to pitch as though
he’ll be ready for his Opening Day start against the San Francisco
Giants on March 31.
Through 11 1-3 innings of work in three Cactus League
appearances, Kershaw has allowed only two unearned runs, the second
coming in the first inning Thursday.
But the numbers mean little to Kershaw. In the spring, he says
he doesn’t look at them. Instead, Kershaw looks at the hitters.
”I look to see how they react,” he said. ”That’s a good way
of evaluating how you’re doing with each pitch.”
So far, those hitters must be impressed with what they’ve sees
”Overall, it was OK,” said Kershaw, who was happy with the
early command of his fast ball.
Mattingly expects Kershaw to get a lot a better.
”He is going to be handful for anybody he faces,” Mattingly
Notes: Former Dodgers manager Joe Torre visited his old club
Thursday. The stop was all business in Torre’s new role as MLB
executive vice president for baseball operations. Torre is on tour
of all 30 camps in Arizona and Florida. There was only one
difference Thursday. The Dodgers were his only stop, unlike
Friday’s schedule, which includes the Padres, Mariners and White
Sox. ”I didn’t want a time limit, because there a lot of people
here I care about,” said Torre, who said he stayed in touch with
Mattingly since he left the Dodgers. … RHP Chad Billingsley is
scheduled to start for the Dodgers Friday against Oakland at
Phoenix Municipal Stadium. LHP Gio Gonzalez is Oakland’s probable
starter. … The Padres are at home Friday at the Peoria Sports
Complex against the Giants. Padres RHP Mat Latos is the scheduled
starter. The Giants plan to start Tim Lincecum.