The Dodgers lost to the Indians today at Goodyear Ballpark, 2-1, continuing their spring training run of losing on the road (they are 0-3 on the road this spring) and winning at home (2-0 at Camelback Ranch) this spring. The Dodgers managed just two hits today in a game that was not on television or radio locally.
The good news was that Chad Billingsley was sharp in his spring debut. Billingsley allowed just three hits in three scoreless innings, and didn't walk a batter while striking out three. Jerry Sands provided the other good news by launching a ball over the wall in left field in the seventh inning, his first home run of the spring to tie the game at 1-1. It was the second home run of the spring for the Dodgers (Rod Barajas hit the other one, on Sunday).
The downside for the Dodgers today was more shaky defense. Tony Gwynn made an error in left field in the first inning, booting a ball, but quickly recovered to throw out a headfirst-sliding Carlos Santana at the plate. The Indians' second run was scored after a Dee Gordon throwing error (the Indians' announcers were laudatory of Gordon's range on the play) allowed Ezequiel Carrera to reach base. Carrera scored on a wild pitch by Roman Colon.
The five pitchers to follow Billingsley -- Lance Cormier, Wilkin De La Rosa, Jon Huber, Colon, and Oscar Villarreal, all non-roster invitees -- combined to walk eight batters in five innings, while striking out four.
Also, the Dodger offense managed to get a total of three people on base today. Outside of the home run by Sands, Rod Barajas got a single, and James Loney walked.
In other news, Will Carroll has his 2011 Team Health Report on the Dodgers, now at Sports Illustrated, and guess who got a green light (I mean, besides Billingsley)? None other than Jon Garland:
A lot was made of an MRI Garland had in his file. Guess what? If you took an MRI of most pitchers, you'd see something you didn't like (which is why teams don't routinely do baseline MRIs.) Garland's never had any symptoms that have kept him from feeding on innings the way Dodgers fan Charlie Sheen ... oh, never mind.
The Dodgers return to Camelback Ranch tomorrow to face the Royals. Jay Gibbons is expected to make his spring debut, and the scheduled Dodger pitchers are Ted Lilly, Tim Redding, Carlos Monasterios, Scott Elbert, Ramon Troncoso, and Luis Vasquez. Former Colorado Rockie Jeff Francis gets the start for Kansas City.