Looking for a successful outing today, Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw was off to a good start with a perfect first inning. Going into the bottom of the first, Edwin Escobar regrettably walked Chone Figgins who ended up stealing second. Escobar forced Ellis to ground out, but a throwing error from Belt allowed Figgins to score the Dodgers first run of the game. The Dodgers found themselves with the bases loaded but couldn’t scratch across any more runs.
Heading into the second, Kershaw saw a little more trouble. With one out, he threw a wild pitch allowing Joaquin Arias to reach second. Brandon Hicks homered to right field right, giving the Giants to take the 2-1 lead. In the second, Escobar turned the inning around quickly finishing with Buster Posey throwing Figgins out at second base in a failed stolen base attempt.
Kershaw made a solid recovery after giving up the home run with another perfect third inning. Escobar followed with a perfect inning as well. However, the top of the fourth was a little shaky for Kershaw, allowing Posey and Pablo Sandoval to get on base and was able to prevent any runs from being scored after managing three consecutive outs. Jason Berken replaced Escobar heading into the bottom of the fourth. Berken forced Turner, Mike Baxter, and Guerrero to all ground out.
Kershaw stayed in the game for his fifth and final inning, completing yet another perfect inning. Berken managed a scoreless inning which was finished off with an impressive grab by Sandoval to prevent the Dodgers from taking the lead. Javy Guerra replaced Kershaw in the sixth and managed to strikeout Sandoval in a scoreless inning. The score remained 2-1 going into the bottom of the inning. Turner pulled off a one-out double but was ineffective after strike outs from Baxter and Gordon.
Red Patterson took over on the mound in the seventh inning and produced a scoreless inning. Dan Runzler was next to pitch for the Giants. Dodgers top prospect Corey Seager got a lucky break reaching first after the catcher let an obviously fair ball try and roll foul. Seager advanced to second after a Joc Pederson single and eventually tied the game at two after a series of walks.
The Giants took the 3-2 lead in the eighth as Patterson allowed Brandon Hicks to walk with the bases loaded. In the bottom of the inning, Gordon singled and eventually made it to third after an attempt to steal second resulted in a throwing error from the catcher. Despite getting the bases loaded, a Drew Butera strikeout finished the inning.
In the ninth, Steve Edlefsen, who the Dodgers signed out of their open tryout pitched a scoreless ninth inning. Jean Machi, who got the last out in the eighth, came on and pitched a scoreless ninth for the Giants and they won 3-2. The loss drops the Dodgers spring record to 4-6-3.
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