PROKOPEC FAILS DODGERS L.A. RALLY FALLS SHORT AS FLORIDA HOLDS ON FLORIDA 7, DODGERS 6.Byline: Brian Dohn Staff Writer
Forget the battle for the fifth spot in the starting rotation. With Andy Ashby
Instead, the young pitchers will be counted on to bolster the rotation.
And with young pitchers, regardless of how good they've been at points in the season, there will be nights like Tuesday. Prokopec suffered through the worst outing of his brief career and an early five-run deficit was too much for the Dodgers to overcome as they lost to Florida 7-6 at Dodger Stadium • • [ .
Gary Sheffield's 10th homer of the season, a two-run homer in the eighth inning off reliever Dan Miceli Daniel (Dan) Miceli (born September 9, 1970 in Newark, New Jersey) is a major league baseball reliever who most recently appeared for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. He bats and throws right-handed. , pulled the Dodgers to within 6-5.
The Marlins added an insurance run on Charles Johnson's ninth-inning single to right. The Dodgers had runners on first and second with one out in the ninth. Florida closer Antonio Alfonseca Antonio Alfonseca (born April 16, 1972 in La Romana, Dominican Republic) is a right-handed pitcher in the Philadelphia Phillies organization who is also known for his extra digit on each hand and foot. struck out Mark Grudzielanek for the second out, but Gary Sheffield singled on the 10th pitch of his at-bat to score Jeff Reboulet and pull the Dodgers within 7-6.
However, Shawn Green flied out to the wall in left-center as Alfonseca recorded his sixth save.
Prokopec (3-1) allowed six runs on nine hits in four innings. He walked three, allowed a homer and appeared to become unnerved during a three-run first inning in which he committed a balk balk
the action of a horse when it refuses to obey a command to which it usually responds. See also jibbing. . Prokopec was seeking to become the first Dodgers rookie starting pitcher to begin a season 4-0 since Fernando Valenzuela started the 1981 season 8-0.
The first-place Dodgers (18-15) are a half-game ahead of the Giants (17-15) in the National League West.