With Clayton Kershaw making his second start of the spring, the Los Angeles Dodgers went to Phoenix Municipal Stadium to take on the Oakland Athletics. The Dodgers faced A.J. Griffin in the first inning and only Andre Ethier was able to get a hit off the right-hander. Kershaw fared much better in the first inning by not allowing a single run or hit.
Singles by A.J. Ellis and Miguel Olivo gave the Dodgers two runners on with two outs. Dee Gordon drove them both in with a triple to right field and gave the team a 2-0 lead. Kershaw had another perfect inning in the bottom of the inning. Sean Doolittle came in for Griffin and recorded a perfect inning, striking out Ethier and Adrian Gonzalez in the process. In the bottom of the third, Kershaw came out for another inning of work. He struggled walking the first two batters and allowing a single that brought in a run.
Another walk and a two-run single by former Dodger Nick Punto gave the Athletics a 3-2 lead. That hit ended Kershaw’s day and right-hander Brandon League came in relief. He allowed a walk and Scott Van Slyke misplayed a ball to give Josh Reddick a two-run ground rule double. A walk and another single brought in two more runs and gave the Athletics a 7-2 lead.
The Dodgers were retired in order in the fourth and sent out Seth Rosin to pitch the fourth. He escaped a jam with runners on first and third to put up a scoreless inning. An Olivo single started the fifth for the Dodgers and eventually turned into a run on an Ethier single to make it 7-3. Rosin went out for another inning and once again emerged unharmed. Offensively in the top of the sixth, the Dodgers were unable to get on the board after a Gonzalez single.
Rosin took the mound for a third inning and struck out two to finish the day with three scoreless innings and three strikeouts. In the seventh, the Dodgers once again went down in order to and kept the score 7-3. Converted pitcher Pedro Baez came out for the bottom of the inning. He overcame a pair of errors, including one of his own, to end the inning without allowing a run. A Miguel Rojas single was the only offense in the top of the eighth.
Jarret Martin came out for the eighth inning to get the Dodgers to the top of the ninth. A pair of walks and a single loaded the bases for the Athletics, but Martin induced an inning-ending ground ball to get out without any damage. In the ninth inning, Jeremy Hazelbaker, acquired in the trade with the Red Sox for Alex Castellanos singled to leadoff the inning.
However, the Dodgers weren’t able to mount a come back, losing 7-3 and seeing their spring record drop to 2-3-1.
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