LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Hee-Seop Choi guessed correctly what pitch
was coming. He was surprised by where the ball wound up.
"I thought it was a double, a line drive to left-center, not a
home run," Choi said Friday night after hitting his first major
league grand slam to lead the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 6-3 victory
over the Colorado Rockies.
So how did he feel when the ball cleared the wall with a couple
of feet to spare?
"Very happy," the 26-year-old South Korean said with a grin.
The Dodgers didn't get a hit off Jason Jennings (1-3) until Paul
Bako singled in the fifth inning. Choi hit his homer later in the
Drew's homer in the seventh went into the lower seats near the
left field foul pole, where the ball hit off a fan's hands and
bounced back to Colorado left fielder Matt Holliday, who was
standing near the approximately 4-foot high fence. Although it was
a home run, Holliday turned to throw the ball to the infield and
the fan grabbed at the outfielder's arm as if he was trying to get
the ball back.
Holliday's reaction was limited to looking back at the spectator
after he threw the ball in.
"I'm sure that the crack security staff at Dodger Stadium asked
him out and took care of it," Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said.
"And if they didn't, they should have."
The fan quickly blended back into the crowd and security
personnel could not determine who he was, a Dodgers official said.
Los Angeles scored six runs while getting just five hits.
"That was a terrific pitching performance by Odalis Perez, and
we got the most out of five hits," Dodgers manager Jim Tracy said.
"We got a couple of huge home runs."
Choi has hit three homers this season, and set a career high
with the four RBI. He drove Jennings' first pitch to him in the
fifth inning 389 feet.
"He was throwing a lot of fastballs on the first pitch," Choi
said, explaining how he anticipated what was coming. "I hit a
Jennings said, "With the bases loaded, I was really just trying
to make a good pitch down and away to get a groundball to either
shortstop or second base. But I just left it up, and that's where
he likes it."
Despite Choi's grand slam and the fact that he went 4-for-5 with
a homer in his previous start, on Tuesday, he again is scheduled to
be on the bench for the Dodgers' game Saturday against the Rockies.
Choi is left-handed, and Tracy plans to continue to platoon him
with Olmedo Saenz at first base, with Saenz starting against
Perez struck out seven and walked one.
Ricky Ledee walked to lead off the Dodgers' fifth, then went to
third on Bako's hit. Perez's sacrifice moved Bako to second, with
Ledee holding at third.
Cesar Izturis walked to load the bases and Choi homered on the
Jennings drew the series-opening assignment against the Dodgers
after his scheduled start Thursday in Colorado was postponed by
rain. He gave up four runs on three hits and struck out five in six
innings, but walked eight.
Izturis, the Dodgers' Gold Glove-winning SS, bobbled
Preston Wilson's routine grounder in the opening inning. It ended
Izturis' streak of 172 games without a fielding error that dated
back to April 17 of last year. The error was his fourth this
season, but the other three were on throws. ... Dodgers LHP Wilson
Alvarez, on the DL with tendinitis in his left shoulder, was
pain-free after pitching 4 2/3 shutout innings on Thursday at
Triple-A Las Vegas, Tracy said.