After two 7-1 victories to start the week, the past few days have had a little something for everyone ... meltdowns by the defense, the offense, Jonathan Broxton and Chad Billingsley. Health concerns. Mental mistakes. A feeding frenzy for the pessimistic (or realistic, if you wish).
I believe we call these teaching opportunities for the boys in blue.
Aaron Miles and Matt Kemp continued their battle for the team home run lead, each hitting their second of the spring to tie Rod Barajas and Jerry Sands.
Blake Hawksworth pitched a near-fllawless 1 2/3 relief innings, though he hit one batter with a pitch.
Kenley Jansen pitched a perfect sixth inning with a strikeout.
Tony Gwynn Jr. reached base twice and has a .360 spring on-base percentage.
Billingsley had only allowed seven baserunners in 6 2/3 innings in March before an all-over-the-place performance today: four hits, four walks, four runs allowed in 3 1/3 innings.
Jay Gibbons went 0 for 3 to fall to 1 for 17.
Infielders Ivan DeJesus Jr., Justin Sellers and Christian Lara made errors.
Javy Guerra allowed four runs (two earned) and walked three in two-thirds of an inning.
Kirk Gibson's wife left Game 1 of the 1988 World Series early. Eric Stephen passes along the story at SB Nation.
Juan Castro and his wife Yadira became parents for the second time Thursday night.
Pitcher Luis Vasquez was optioned to the minors.
Former Dodger Andy LaRoche, playing shortstop today for Oakland, drove in two runs.
All members of Takashi Saito's family in Japan are now accounted for, writes Adam McCalvy of MLB.com.