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Dodgers lose to Brewers and Padres in split-squad spring games

Dodgers lose to Brewers and Padres in split-squad spring games
Dodgers starting pitcher Scott Kazmir throws during the second inning of a spring training game on March 4. (Charlie Riedel / Associated Press)

Highlights from the Dodgers' 3-1 loss to Milwaukee and 12-5 loss to San Diego:

AT THE PLATE: With the Dodgers holding a split-squad day, only one starter, Yasmani Grandal, made the trip to the Brewers complex in Maryvale. Their lone outburst of offense occurred when infielder Charlie Culberson hit a home run off Milwaukee starter Jimmy Nelson.

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In the Padres game, the Dodgers could not amount any offense until the sixth inning. Outfielder Corey Brown plated Enrique Hernandez and Justin Turner with a single. Turner is hitting .444 so far this spring. Brendon Davis, an 18-year-old outfielder, delivered a pair of doubles in the later innings as minor leaguers flooded the field.

ON THE MOUND: Scott Kazmir bounced back from a rocky outing in a minor league game last week to supply a more effective outing against the Brewers. He was charged with two runs on four hits, but all the damage occurred during his first two innings. In his next two frames, he struck out three. He trimmed his Cactus League earned-run average from 17.18 to 9.39.

The chief victim of Mike Bolsinger's last-minute scratch against the Padres was 30-year-old minor league lifer Jeremy Kehrt, who pitched for double-A Tulsa last season. Called into emergency duty, just a few minutes before the first pitch, Kehrt gave up six runs on nine hits. He exited with one out in the second.

"That was a little bit of an ambush," Manager Dave Roberts said. "He gave everything he could. It's a big difference from pitching in double A to the big leagues."

EXTRA BASES: A horrific scene unfolded late in the Brewers game when Dodgers minor league pitcher Matt West hit Brewers outfielder Rymer Liriano in the face with a pitch. The medical staff placed Liriano on a stretcher and took him to the hospital.

The Dodgers scratched Scott Van Slyke hours before the Padres game because of a minor issue with his hip flexor, Roberts said. Van Slyke may also take Monday off. "We're not too worried about his at-bats and where he's at," Roberts said.

UP NEXT: Seattle on Monday, 1 p.m. at Camelback Ranch.

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