07/04/10 2:29 AM ET
Dodgers storm through desert in 14-run rout
Trio goes yard as Los Angeles capitalizes on six Arizona errors
By Ken Gurnick / MLB.com
His D-backs showed why they are mired in last place by committing a franchise-record six errors in Gibson's second game in charge, while Matt Kemp, Rafael Furcal and Andre Ethier homered in the Dodgers' 14-1 laugher on Saturday night.
And with eight unearned runs, there were plenty of laughs. The fun began in the second inning when the Dodgers scored six runs on four hits, plus two D-backs errors, a three-ball walk to rookie Xavier Paul and winning starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw running the wrong way on the bases.
Kershaw had reached first on Tony Abreu's fielding error (he made three) to load the bases. Furcal was next and sent a long fly to center, where Chris Young ran under the ball at the wall, but dropped the over-the-shoulder snare.
After rounding second base, Kershaw thought the ball was caught and reversed direction. By then, Furcal was at second base and thinking of third. Furcal was called out for passing Kershaw, but actually it was the other way around, as Kershaw passed Furcal.
"When the pitcher started running backward, Raffy didn't know what to do," said manager Joe Torre. "We don't work on that in Spring Training."
Kershaw said he felt bad because he probably cost Furcal a triple, instead of the two-run single he was credited with after being ruled out.
"I thought he caught the ball, and I started going back and saw Raffy, and he was saying, 'Go, go, go,' and I just froze," Kershaw said. "Chalk that up to not being on the bases enough. If you see me doing early work, that's what I'm doing."
Kershaw (8-4) was more effective, if not efficient, on the mound. He was removed after 5 2/3 scoreless innings because he had thrown 105 pitches. He allowed four hits, two walks and struck out eight.
"He had 105 pitches and that was enough for me," Torre said. "I don't see any reason for more than that in this kind of game."
Kershaw wanted to stay longer, but didn't blame the manager for calling on rookie Travis Schlichting, promoted from Triple-A Albuquerque earlier in the day.
"It was really my fault for throwing too many pitches," he said. "I've got to minimize my pitches early to stay in there in this type of game."
Furcal and Ethier homered in the fourth inning to chase Arizona starter Rodrigo Lopez.
"I don't have words to describe it," Lopez said. "I've never pitched with so many errors behind [me]. You get a ground ball, it's routine, and you're not able to make the outs."
James Loney had three hits, Furcal had three RBIs and Casey Blake scored three runs while all nine players in the starting lineup scored at least one run in the first official game with Manny Ramirez back on the disabled list. Furcal, making a late run at an All-Star berth, is batting .338 -- .481 since June 15.
"We rebounded very well," said Torre, whose club was whacked by Arizona in Gibson's managerial debut Friday night. "I was glad we kept coming at them."
Paul had a busy game in place of Ramirez. It started with the three-ball walk, which fooled more than just plate umpire Bruce Dreckman.
"I thought it got to three balls awfully quick, but I believed the scoreboard," said Torre. "So did the umpire."
"I had no clue," Paul said. "I guess I was in the zone."
The comedy continued in the third inning, when the D-backs committed errors on three consecutive plays, but Paul messed up too.
He should have been safe at first when Rusty Ryal fielded his grounder and flipped it away. But Paul began, then abandoned, an attempt to advance to second on the errant throw and was tagged out because he didn't follow first-base coach Mariano Duncan's orders to hustle back to the bag.
"That was silly," said Torre. "Even if he doesn't think he made a move [toward second], you watch the catcher pick the ball up. That's something he won't do again."
But Paul added a pair of hits and finished 2-for-4.
The shutout was spoiled when Mark Reynolds led off the bottom of the ninth with a home run off closer Jonathan Broxton, getting in some work because he hadn't pitched since the 48-pitch blown save last Sunday against the Yankees.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.