The Dodgers chased Jered Weaver after 1 2/3 innings and collected 12 hits in an easy win over the Angels. At 6-1-2, the Dodgers trail only the Detroit Tigers (6-1-1) for the best overall spring training winning percentage, and are in sole possession of the best record in the Cactus League. [box score]
Juan Rivera went 2-for-3, tagging Weaver for a double and hitting his third home run (in three days) off reliever Andrew Taylor. All four of his Cactus League hits (4-for-12) have gone for extra bases.
Trent Oeltjen went 2-for-2, Matt Kemp scored a pair of runs and stole a base, and Dee Gordon stole his fourth base of the spring on his fourth attempt.
Starter Aaron Harang (1-0) allowed an RBI double to Angels catcher Chris Ianetta, the only run he allowed in three innings. Harang struck out two, walked none and allowed three hits.
“I was just making sure overall I was mechanically feeling right,” Harang said. “I executed some good pitches. … I still have to get a feel for (my slider). It’s still early. A couple things I’ll work on in the bullpen next week and in my next two starts.”
Weaver, who allowed three runs — all earned — saw his spring ERA rise to 7.36. The Dodgers tacked on four more runs against non-roster invitee Matt Shoemaker, who has a photo of Billy Mays hanging from his locker in the Angels’ clubhouse.
More in tomorrow’s editions. A few notes:
Don Mattingly had some high praise for Chris Withrow, who threw 2 2/3 innings and allowed three hits, walked one, and struck out one: “He may have the best stuff in our system. He’s got the chance to be really good.” Yesterday I wrote about the importance of Nate Eovaldi to the Dodgers’ rotation. Withrow, who lowered his spring ERA to 1.93, is in the same conversation.
Ivan DeJesus made a tremendous defensive play at third base in the eighth inning. He ranged all the way over to the guard railing along the Dodgers’ dugout to catch a pop-up off the bat of the Angels’ Doug Deeds. DeJesus hung on to the ball despite tumbling head over heels into a photographer’s booth.
Chris Capuano will start tomorrow’s game against the Rockies (1:05 p.m., Prime Ticket) and is scheduled to oppose fellow lefty Drew Pomeranz. Stephen Fife, Matt Chico, Ronald Belisario and Alberto Castillo are scheduled to relieve.
Clayton Kershaw is expected to make his second Cactus League start Wednesday against the Cincinnati Reds in Goodyear, Ariz.