The Dodgers got three hits from Dee Gordon, two from Mark Ellis and Matt Kemp, and overcame a rocky start before an announced crowd of 6,348 at Camelback Ranch. [box score]
Starter Chad Billingsley pitched 4 2/3 innings and allowed five hits, three runs (all earned), walked two and struck out four. He also issued a wild pitch and left with the score tied 3-3. He threw 86 pitches — more than any Dodgers starter this spring — and 57 went for strikes.
The right-hander served up a two-run home run to Brooks Conrad in the second inning on a curveball, though Billingsley said the pitch was otherwise working well for him. “I was executing pitches, missing some of them,” he said. “You win some, you lose some.”
Andre Ethier hit his second home run of the spring, a two-run blast in the fifth inning, giving him 10 extra-base hits among 11 this spring. He is hitting .440. Ellis’ sixth-inning double down the left-field line drove in the Dodgers’ sixth and seventh runs.
A few more notes:
Jerry Hairston Jr. played shortstop in the Dodgers’ minor-league game Tuesday. More on that in tomorrow’s editions.
Matt Guerrier (back) pitched a pain-free bullpen session Tuesday. Don Mattingly said the right-hander will throw to live batters Friday and, barring a setback, would pitch in a game after that.
Non-roster invitee Angel Guzman was credited with his first save of the spring. The journeyman right-hander has allowed only one hit and no runs in 5 1/3 innings this spring.
Reigning NL MVP Ryan Braun (groin) was a late lineup scratch for the Brewers.
Former Dodger Gary Sheffield and former major-league pitcher Tom Gordon, father of Dee, were guests at Camelback Ranch today.