Otsuka loses debut
The San Diego Padres blew an early lead and a solid performance by Jake Peavy to lose 5-4 on a walkoff base hit by Robin Ventura. Peavy allowed two runs over 5-1/3 innings. Akinori Otsuka, making his Major League debut took the loss.
In other news, the Portland roster has been officially set.
With Akinori Otsuka pitching the ninth, his second inning of work, Adrian Beltre singled. Joey Cora then attempted to sacrifice Beltre to second and Mark Loretta proceeded to throw the ball away. That allowed Beltre to go to third. A pinch hit hopper by Robin Ventura through the right side ended the game, a 5-4 win over the Friars. Eric Gagne pitched the top of the ninth to get the win.
Ramon Hernandez put the Padres on the scoreboard in the second with a three run homer, his first of the young season. Odalis Perez was animated as soon as the bat hit the ball – knowing the ball was out of the park.
In the third, Mark Loretta led off with a double and scored when Phil Nevin doubled to left-center.
The Dodgers got to Jake Peavy in the sixth. A bunt base hit by Dave Roberts started it off. He stole second and Cesar Izturis singled, sending Roberts to third. Peavy was then called for a balk which scored the first run. Milton Bradley then singled in Izturis, chasing Peavy. Eddie Oropesa came in to get Sean Green out. Scott Linebrink came on to face Paul Lo Duca, but his help wasn’t needed. Ramon Hernandez wiped out Bradley by throwing him out at second base to end the inning.
Antonio Osuna, pitching the seventh, could not hold the two run lead. Osuna gave up a single to Lo Duca and a homer to Adrian Beltre, tying the score at four.
Notes: Jake Peavy went 2-1 with a 2.45 ERA (6 ER/22 IP) in four 2003 starts against Los Angeles. In his first full season in the Majors, he led the Padres in wins (12) and strikeouts (165), allowing two earned runs or less in 15 of his 32 starts. He also allowed three runs or less in eight of his nine no-decisions.
Portland Roster: The Beavers roster was officially released on Tuesday.
Matt Bruback, Mike Bynum, Joey Hamilton, Edgar Huerta, Bart Miadich, Blaine Neal, Chris Oxspring, Brandon Puffer, Brian Sweeney, Dennis Tankersley, and Steve Watkins.
Yamid Haad and Humberto Quintero.
Tagg Bozied, Bernie Castro, Ben Risinger, Bobby Scales, Todd Sears, and Rico Washington.
Alex Fernandez, Gene Kingsale, Jon Knott, Xavier Nady, and Henri Stanley.