Dodgers 9, Angels 8: A.J. Ellis lights up new scoreboard

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The Dodgers have won the first two games of the Freeway Series against the Angels.

The Dodgers showcased all the bells and whistles of their brand new video boards and sound system on Friday night, and there was much to display, as the Dodgers won a slugfest 9-8 over the Angels before 34,157 at Dodger Stadium.

The win, coupled with Thursday night's 3-0 victory in Anaheim, made this the first time the Dodgers beat the Angels more than once in the exhibition season since 2003. The Dodgers were 3-15-3 against the Angels in preseason contests in the last nine years.

The offense was paced by A.J. Ellis, who hit a pitch over the center field wall off of Jason Vargas for a grand slam in the first inning to give the Dodgers a 5-1 advantage. Ellis had two hits in three at-bats Friday, and is hitting .356/.463/.489 this spring.

Luis Cruz singled and hit a two-run double, Carl Crawford had two singles, and Matt Kemp doubled and walked on the night for the Dodgers, who scored eight runs off Angels starter Jason Vargas in less than two innings.

Unfortunately for the Dodgers, Josh Beckett wasn't much better, as he was roughed up for the second consecutive outing. Just like on Sunday in Phoenix against the A's, Beckett on Friday night allowed seven runs, including two home runs, in just four innings. If there was any positive to Beckett's outing, it was his five strikeouts and no walks, giving him 17 strikeouts and six walks in 17⅓ innings during the spring.

The Dodgers bullpen picked up for Beckett with five strong innings, with six relievers combining to allow three hits and two walks, with seven strikeouts. J.P. Howell struck out three in 1⅓ innings, and on the spring has 14 strikeouts and four walks in his nine innings. Brandon League ran into some trouble in the ninth inning, allowing one run and putting the go-ahead run in scoring position, but Paco Rodriguez recorded the final out to preserve the victory.

Yasiel Puig made his Dodger Stadium debut in the eighth inning, taking over in right field for Andre Ethier. Puig flew out to shallow right field in his only at-bat. Puig is now hitting .517/.500/.828 on the spring, and shares the same batting average as teammate Brian Barden (15 for 29), who has half of Puig's at-bats.

Up next

The Dodgers conclude their exhibition schedule on Saturday night, with a 6:05 p.m. PT start in Anaheim against the Angels. Zack Greinke will get the start for the Dodgers with a likely limit of 90 pitches or so, while Tommy Hanson starts for the Halos.

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