Northridge & McGuiness lose 8-3 against a tough Astros team

Posted by eric kondo on Apr 07 2006 at 05:00PM PDT
With a great day of sun and warm weather the Dodgers took the field against a tough Astros team led by Nathan Hildago on the mound. Hildago did a great job of keeping the Dodgers off-balance and the defense played solidly behind him and the Astros came up with an 8-3 victory. The Dodgers bats were there as we outhit the Astros, but were not consistent enough as we stranded 8 runners. However, even in defeat, the Dodgers learned many things about themselves and continue growing as a team and look forward to the next meeting with the Astros. Offensive highlights for the Dodgers were Johnny Kempel going 1-3, 1 run, 1BB, 1RBI. Kyle Leong went 3-3 with a 2B in the first inning that went to deep right center. Chris Fenk went 2-2 sending a lazer to right center with his first at bat and another line drive up the middle with his 2nd. On the mound we had Johnny Kempel who faced 8 batters and struck out 6. Trevor Toy made his debut and struck out 3 batter over 2 innings. In another debut, Antonio Manibusan came in to close the game and struck out 3 batters. All in all, the Dodgers pitching did a great job defensive errors were key and proved costly however. For the Astros, Nathan Hidalgo went the entire game and retired 7 Dodgers by strikeout. Leadoff hitter Cameron Look had a sac fly to start of the Astros in the 3rd, and Justin Dea had an RBI as well. Miguel Padilla 2 good hits in the game with a crucial hard line drive which could not be handled by the infield and resulted in run scoring.


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