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Dodgers use 8 relievers, get 2 hits in loss to Angels

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The Dodgers dropped their second straight game against the Angels in Anaheim on Friday night, a 6-0 defeat. The club didn't get a hit until the seventh inning, bested by the briefest of old friends, Andrew Heaney.

The former Marlins left-hander, acquired by the Angels via the Dodgers for second baseman Howie Kendrick in December, was on the ropes early against the Dodgers, walking two and hitting a batter in the first inning. But after needing 29 pitches to get out of the opening frame, Heaney didn't allow another hit the rest of his shift, which lasted 5⅓ innings and 88 pitches.

The Dodgers finally got a hit when Scott Van Slyke led off the seventh inning with a single, breaking up the Angels' combined no-hitter. Van Slyke added another single in the ninth inning, owner of the only two Dodgers' safeties on the night.

But more importantly the club got some things done it needed to get done in the second-to-last game of spring training.

Brandon McCarthy made his final tuneup for the regular season, pitching his scheduled three innings and throwing 41 pitches. He did allow a two-run home run to David Freese, but that was pretty much it. McCarthy will start the final game of the Padres' series, the third game of the regular season.

The Dodgers used another eight relief pitchers on Friday, including six pitchers working for a second consecutive night. Pedro Baez allowed a grand slam to Albert Pujols, giving the Angels a 6-0 lead, a blow that also added runs to ledgers of Juan Nicasio and J.P. Howell as well.

Nicasio and Yimi Garcia were the relievers who pitched Friday but not Thursday night. Both David Aardsma and David Huff didn't pitch in either game in Anaheim.

Up next

The Dodgers and Angels go back to Los Angeles, where we will see the debut of new public address announcer Todd Leitz, fried Dodger Dogs, meatballs in a cone and more at Dodger Stadium. On the mound, Brett Anderson makes his shortened tuneup start for the Dodgers, against Hector Santiago for the Halos.