That looked a lot like the type of game the Dodgers might expect to play against the Angels, the two teams combining for 15 runs Friday after a mere 3 1/2 innings.
Not that it did much for Dodgers right-hander Josh Beckett, who was pushed around for seven runs on nine hits in four innings. That completed Beckett’s spring with a not-so-comforting 7.79 ERA.
How many starters are too many again?
By the time both teams had finished stepping over the sawdust, around the fresh paint and through the construction workers rushing to complete their $100-million Dodger Stadium makeover, the Dodgers had hung on for a 9-8 victory.
The new, high-def scoreboards were impressive, which is more than the Dodgers could say for Beckett.
Beckett did not walk a batter and struck out five, but was victimized by several two-strike hits.
“Health is not an issue at all,” Beckett said. “I felt great. The flu stuff is all gone. I’d just get two strikes on somebody ... and I just couldn’t put anybody away.”