The week that was April 2

The Dodgers opened their 50th season in Los Angeles on the road, losing 2 out of 3 games to the Milwaukee Brewers before sweeping the San Francisco Giants in a terrific 3 game set. The Dodgers have now won four in a row. The Dish: Miller Park in Milwaukee remains a very difficult place to play day games. The sunlight there plays havoc with outfielders due to the excessive use of glass panels and reflective metal support beams in the stadium’s infrastructure. The Brewers grounds crew has been known to maintain a slippery outfield grass as well. This is not why the Dodgers lost 2 out of 3; it was the lack of runs. In any event the Dodger outfield is not going to any gold gloves in 2007 and remains highly suspect. Moving on to San Francisco the Dodgers continued their mastery of the hated Giants. The Dodgers have now won 8 in a row and 10 of the last 12 games played at AT&T Park. Brad Penny had a nice start despite giving up 10 hits and lasted into the 8th for his first victory of the season. His should remains an ongoing concern but he appears to be healthy at this point. Wilson Betemit has so far been an early season bust. The dawn of the Andy LaRoche era is fast approaching. In Las Vegas this week James Loney clubbed a first-pitch 440 foot homer run on opening day against Salt Lake City. Loney was very unhappy losing out of the last roster spot but he will need to force his way back to LA with his bat and glove not his mouth. In Jacksonville, Jonathan Meloan pitched two perfect innings, striking out five of the six batters he faced, Friday for AA Jacksonville. Look for Meloan to get promoted soon to AAA.

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