Haren allowed six runs in two innings and gave up five extra base hits - three doubles and two home runs - to his 13 batters faced. The start was a planned short outing anyway, but the final tune-up was not encouraging. He told reporters his cutter was the culprit, and that if this was a regular season game he would have abandoned the pitch much earlier.
"Well, I'm glad it's tonight and not Wednesday. It's the last time he's going to throw when the games don't count, so we'll just move forward and hope he's sharper on Wednesday," manager Don Mattingly said. "I don't put a lot of credence in it."
All of the Dodgers starters stayed in for just one plate appearance, a planned short night in advance of Sunday night's regular season opener in San Diego. Many, including Hanley Ramirez, already started the drive south.
The only Dodgers runs of the night were driven in by Chone Figgins, who hit a two-run double in the third inning. Scoring on the play were pinch-runner Tim Federowicz and designated hitter Drew Butera. This might not be the last time it happened with the Dodgers, but Jon Weisman found a gamee in which two catchers scored on the same play, when Paul LoDuca and Chad Kreuter scored on a Jeff Reboulet double on June 7, 2001.
"He gives us what we wants right now, a guy who can play all over the diamond and knows how to play, a guy on the bench who can do a lot of things," Mattingly said of Figgins. "Figgy fits the bill for us."
Matt Magill walked three and struck out none, but pitched three scoreless innings to lower his spring ERA to 1.04. Red Patterson followed with two scoreless innings of his own, with two strikeouts, and lowered his ERA to 0.77. Both will start the year in the rotation in Triple-A Albuquerque.
The Dodgers finished their spring 7-12-5, with their spring record for ties perhaps fittingly, tied.
This time, it counts. Hyun-jin Ryu gets the start on Sunday night in San Diego, the third city for th Dodgers in three days. Andrew Cashner starts the Padres opener. Mattingly is ready for the season to re-start.
"We feel like we started already," Mattingly said. "Those games in Australia counted, and these games were ones we were just trying to stay sharp."
WP -Tyler Skaggs (3-1): 3⅔ IP, 5 hits, 2 runs, 2 walks, 6 strikeouts
LP - Dan Haren (0-1): 2 IP, 6 hits, 6 runs, 1 walk, 1 strikeout