Rudy Seanez, Jonathan Broxton and Takashi Saito combined to retired the final nine Angels batters in order, striking out six of them (two by each pitcher). The Dodgers won a game in this annual exhibition series for the first time since 2003. With that, the Dodgers clinched a winning spring, running their record to 17-15-1 with one game to go … but I’m guessing there isn’t a single player in that clubhouse who knows that, or even cares. Sixty hours and eight minutes until the first real pitch of the Dodgers’ season. Hasta manana.
Russell Martin, who will be the everyday catcher, and Matt Kemp, who won’t make the team but will be a major-league star one day soon, homered in the fifth and sixth innings, respectively. Kemp’s was a no-doubt, three-run blast deep into the pavilion in left center. James Loney legged out a double, although he might have been out at second if the throw from right field hadn’t been offline. Anyway, with that hit, Loney raised his spring average to .415.
The Dodgers hung nine runs and 11 hits on Ervin Santana in 2 1/3 innings in the kind of offensive display that figures to define this club — stringing together a bunch of singles and doubles and scoring runs in bunches without a single home run. Juan Pierre and Nomar Garciaparra already have three hits apiece. Wilson Betemit has two hits, including a two-run homer, and Olmedo Saenz has two doubles and three RBI. But if you believe the gun readings displayed beneath the leftfield scoreboard, Jason Schmidt’s fastball still is routinely registering in the mid-80s. So far, though, he has only given up one earned run, and that came in an inning when he issued a leadoff walk to Maicer Izturis. Dodgers 9, Angels 2, top 4