Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw made his third Cactus League start Sunday afternoon as the Dodgers traveled to Peoria to take on the Seattle Mariners. Kershaw was opposed by 26-year-old left-hander Roenis Elias.
The Dodgers were able to strike quickly in the top of the first with back-to-back two-out hits from Adrian Gonzalez and Howie Kendrick. Kendrick’s was a double down the left field line that scored Gonzalez from first base to give the Dodgers an early 1-0 lead.
Kershaw struggled a bit in the bottom half of the first, giving up two singles and a walk, but he was able to escape a bases-loaded jam by getting Logan Morrison to fly out to left. Elias settled down in the second inning, striking out two and getting a fly out to retire the side in order.
Mike Zunino led off the bottom of the second with a double to left, but Kershaw once again settled in, and got two groundouts and a strikeout to end the inning without giving up a run. Jimmy Rollins singled down the line with one out in the third, but was quickly erased on a Yasiel Puig double play.
For the third consecutive inning Kershaw got himself into trouble by giving up a lead off double to Robinson Cano. He then threw a wild pitch, which allowed Cano to advance to third before walking Nelson Cruz.
Kershaw once again was able to battle out of the jam, getting Rickie Weeks to hit into a 6-4-3 double play, however Cano scored on the play to tie the game. With one out in the fourth, Kendrick got his second hit of the day when on a line drive that went off the Morrison’s glove at first base.
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