Archive for Sunday, March 11, 2001

Royals lose pair

March 11, 2001


— Brent Cookson hit two solo home runs off Kris Wilson on Saturday as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat a Kansas City Royals' split squad 5-3.

Cookson, a left fielder who played last season with Triple-A Albuquerque, homered in the first and fourth innings. Four pitchers held the Royals to one run in the last six innings.

"There was a lot of really good things that took place today," L.A. manager Jim Tracy said. "You can talk about a guy who hit two home runs in his first two at-bats and then turns around with a man on second and nobody out and unselfishly moves him to third."

Dodgers starter Chan Ho Park allowed two runs and six hits in three innings and struck out four. He gave up a two-run home run to Mike Sweeney in the first.

"I felt good," Park said. "But my fastball was up on the home run."

Park has struck out 12 batters in eight innings this spring. Dodgers teammate Mike Fetters struck out the side in the ninth.

Wilson allowed three hits in four innings. Kansas City's Dee Brown had three hits.

Notes: Antonio Osuna and Matt Herges are to pitch a simulated game today. Herges is recovering from tendinitis in his right knee, and the Dodgers want him to pitch without having to field bunts or grounders. ... Shawn Green will be out at least another week with a sprained right thumb.

Reds (ss) 3,

Royals (ss) 1

Haines City, Fla. Austin Kearns and Alex Ochoa homered as Cincinnati beat Kansas City in a split-squad game.

Kearns, a first-round draft choice in 1998, hit 27 homers and drove in 104 runs for the Reds' Class A Dayton team last season. His homer Saturday came in the ninth inning on the first pitch from Jose Santiago.

Ochoa hit a solo homer in the sixth off loser Doug Henry. Chris Sexton scored the first Cincinnati run earlier in the sixth on a passed ball.

Luis Alicea tripled in the first and scored on Carlos Beltran's groundout. The Royals got just three hits in the final eight innings.

Winner Elmer Dessens pitched two scoreless innings and struck out two. Chris Nichting worked around a Nick Ortiz leadoff double in the ninth to get the save.

Royals starter Blake Stein allowed two hits in four scoreless innings and struck out four.

Notes: The Royals signed pitchers Dan Reichert, Stein and Santiago to one-year contracts. ... 1B Dave McCarty strained a left oblique muscle on March 3 and is being held out of Royals lineup.

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