Aaron Harang, in what could have been his final start as a Dodger, allowed just four hits and retired 16 of the final 21 batters he faced. Unfortunately for him though, those first four batters made the difference. Harang walked the first three hitters of the game before allowing a grand slam to Michael Cuddyer as the Rockies beat the Dodgers 7-6 at Camelback Ranch.
Following Harang on the mound were four relief pitchers vying for a spot in the bullpen:
Kevin Gregg retired both batters he faced, and on the spring the non-roster invitee allowed one run on three hits in 9⅔ innings, with four strikeouts and no walks.
Paco Rodriguez allowed two runs in his one inning of work; on the spring he has a 3.27 ERA with 11 strikeouts and two unintentional walks in 11 innings.
Josh Wall retired all three batters he faced in the eighth inning; on the spring Wall has 12 strikeouts, two walks, and a 3.86 ERA in 11⅔ innings.
Peter Moylan allowed a double and an intentional walk in the ninth inning, and on the spring had a 7.56 ERA in 8⅓ innings, with nine strikeouts and four unintentional walks.
Will Aaron Harang join these four in the pen?
Andre Ethier tripled in the second inning but was removed at the end of the inning after experiencing tightness in his right hamstring before the game. Manager Don Mattingly said he pulled Ethier as a precaution. "He didn't say anything about it after the hit, but I didn't want to see it after that. He hit the triple and ran good, he didn't feel anything but I had enough. He's had a long camp," Mattingly said.
Mattingly said Yasiel Puig, who was optioned to Double-A on Tuesday, could see time during the Freeway Series this weekend. "I haven't got 100% confirmation that he's going, but we're kind of planning on him going," Mattingly said.
While many of the regulars are either driving or flying back to Los Angeles after a morning workout, Clayton Kershaw takes the hill for the Dodgers in their final Cactus League contest, in Peoria against the Mariners. Felix Hernandez starts for Seattle. Kershaw's outing will be brief (his final tuneups the last two years were 3⅔ innings and 3⅓ innings), and he will be followed by Ted Lilly on the mound. Mattingly estimated 45 pitches as a limit for Kershaw on Wednesday.