03/15/10 7:05 PM ET
Dodgers pitchers shut down Halos
Ortiz tosses four shutout frames; Anderson hits RBI single
By Rhett Bollinger / MLB.com
at Tempe, Ariz.
Monday, March 15
Angels at the plate: Howard Kendrick had two hits, including a double in the sixth inning. Brandon Wood had a pair of hard-hit singles before being removed for a pinch-runner in the seventh inning. Bobby Wilson and Cory Aldridge also had singles.Dodgers at the plate: Garret Anderson made his former Angels teammates pay with an RBI single in the first inning while Casey Blake also added a run-scoring single in the opening frame. Doug Mientkiewicz continued his recent hot streak at the plate with two hits, including a double in the fourth inning. Angelo Songco hit a towering solo home run in the seventh inning. Scott Van Slyke had an RBI single in the ninth inning. Angels on the mound: Left-hander Scott Kazmir made his Spring Training debut, allowing two runs on five hits over 2 1/3 innings. Kazmir also walked two and struck out Matt Kemp in the third inning before exiting the game because of a high pitch count. Right-handed relievers Fernando Rodney and Kevin Jepsen also made their Spring Training debuts. Rodney threw just two-thirds of an inning and walked two batters but didn't allow a run because Jon Bachanov came in and got out of the jam. Jepsen fared better by throwing a scoreless inning with two strikeouts.
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Dodgers on the mound: Right-hander Ramon Ortiz continued his strong spring by tossing four scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and no walks to go along with an impressive five strikeouts. He's thrown nine scoreless innings during Cactus League play. Luis Ayala and Charlie Haeger followed Ortiz and both threw scoreless innings. Ethan Martin, ranked No. 49 on MLB.com's top prospect list, threw a scoreless seventh inning despite allowing two hits.Worth noting: Aldridge made a nice sliding catch near the left field foul line on an opposite-field fly ball hit by Andre Ethier in the first inning. ... Angels fans in attendance gave a loud cheer for Anderson when he came up to the plate in the first inning. The current Dodgers outfielder is the Angels' career leader in hits, runs, RBIs and games played. ... Angels center fielder Torii Hunter showed off his arm when he threw out Mientkiewicz at home when he tried to score from second base on a single by A.J. Ellis. Cactus League records: Angels 2-8-2; Dodgers 4-5-1 What's next: Right-hander Jered Weaver will take the mound when the Angels travel to Peoria to play the Padres at Peoria Stadium for a 1:05 p.m. PT game on Tuesday. Weaver has made two Spring Training starts and has a 5.79 ERA over 4 2/3 innings. Shortstop Erick Aybar is also expected to rejoin the lineup as the club's designated hitter because he's still a few days away from returning to the field with a sore right arm. The Dodgers are off on Tuesday -- their first of only two off-days of Spring Training -- before returning to action by hosting their Camelback Ranch neighbor White Sox on Wednesday. The "A" team will reunite, as the players who'd traveled to Taiwan return to the lineup, including Manny Ramirez, James Loney and Ronnie Belliard. The other Ortiz, Russ, is scheduled to start on the mound.
Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.