Alright, so Clayton Kershaw is on the mound today against the Colorado Rockies, and the Los Angeles Dodgers will attempt to win their third game in the last two days which seems sort of crazy.
IT’S TIME FOR DODGERS BASEBALL!
Joc Pederson and Chase Utley both strikeout to start the frame, unfortunately. Ethier then grounds out to end the frame. Los Angeles goes down in order to start the game. Rockies coming up!
Leadoff single to right-center for Charlie Blackmon. And then Kershaw picks him off first base! Heck of a play by Culberson down at third base to make a play and throw for the second out. A two-out single by Nolan Arrenado gives Colorado a baserunner, though. Fantastic diving catch in center field by Joc Pederson to record the final out! Scoreless first!
Second Inning: Tied 0-0
Scott Van Slyke CRUSHES a pitch into the left field stands (well, grass stands) to give Los Angeles a 1-0 lead. He’s been on fire this spring! Kike Hernandez then grounds out to second for the first out. One-out single to center by A.J. Ellis! Double to left by Cody Bellinger puts runners on 2nd and 3rd with 1 out! Culberson then struck out, and now Kershaw is up for his first at-bat of spring. Kershaw walks on four pitches, because of course he does. Bases loaded for Joc! 2-run single for Joc puts the Dodgers up 3-0! Great catch by Parra in left field limits the damage and ends the frame, but Los Angeles gets three runs.
Mark Reynolds flies out to left fielder Andre Ethier to open the bottom half of the inning. Kershaw then fans Parra for his first strikeout of the game. A grounder to third ends the inning, and it was a quick frame for Kershaw. Onto the third!
Third Inning: Dodgers Lead 3-0
Ethier rips a ball down the right field line, and he MOTORS into third base for a leadoff triple. Van Slyke grounds out to third, and Ethier can’t tag up on the play due to that. One down. Pitching change happening now as Jordan Lyles gets taken out. Justin Miller on to pitch now for Colorado. Hernandez then walks on four pitches to put runners on the corners with one down. Squeeze bunt by Ellis! Ethier slides under the tag! 4-0! Cody Bellinger with a 2-run double! 6-0 Dodgers! Culberson goes down on strikes for the second out. Kershaw then whiffs on a 3-2 pitch to end the inning, but Los Angeles tacks on another three runs!
Grounder to short starts the bottom half for the Rockies, and Kershaw seems to be cruising right now. Grounder to third is the second out. Kershaw now at 26 pitches so far. Kershaw fans Blackmon to end the inning, his second strikeout of the game. Kershaw’s retired 7 in a row!
Fourth Inning: Dodgers Lead 6-0
Pederson grounds out to third, and then Utley bloops a single to left-center. Then a four pitch walk to Ethier to put runners at first and second. Van Slyke then goes down looking on a pitch down the heart of the plate for the second out. Hernandez then pops out to short right field to end the half-inning. Nothing doing outside of a hit and a walk.
Kershaw out there for the fourth, only had thrown 32 pitches through the first three innings. He promptly walks the leadoff batter on five pitches. Kershaw then gets Arrenado to pop out to first. Pederson then races down a fly ball off the bat of Carlos Gonzalez in center field for the second out. Wild pitch then puts the runner on second. Kershaw then gets the third out on a strikeout. We’re through four!
Fifth Inning: Dodgers Lead 6-0
Ellis begins the inning with a little fly out to right. Bellinger then draws a walk. He’s had a fantastic day. Culberson and Kershaw ended the top half with flyouts. Onto the bottom half we go.
Parra grounds out to first to start the inning, and then LeMahieu grounds out to third. Culberson with another nice play. Been good this spring. Hard ground ball to shortstop, but a throw in the dirt can’t be dug out for the final out. E-6. Broken bat grounder to third is the final out. Five strong innings for the ace!
Sixth inning: Dodgers Lead 6-0
Pederson starts the frame with a line drive to left field that is hauled in by Parra. Corey Brown then goes down on a check swing third strike. A flyout to center ends the inning, and Los Angeles goes down in order.
Yimi Garcia on now for the Dodgers. Pop up to second, where Micah Johnson is now, starts the inning. Fly out to center fielder Rico Noel is the second out. Arrenado then laces a two-out single to left. Garcia then gets Gonzalez to strike out! Nine outs to go.
Seventh Inning: Dodgers Lead 6-0
Trayce Thompson and Kike Hernandez both go down on strikes to start the inning. A two-out single is then stranded on an inning-ending strikeout. TIME TO STRETCH!
Adam Liberatore now in for the Dodgers, and he registers a strikeout to start it off. Then a fly out to left field for the second out. Looking good. Heck of a catch by Rico Noel in right-center field for the final out! Fantastic catch! My word! Onto the eighth, six outs to go.
Eighth Inning: Dodgers Lead 6-0
Ground ball to short by Brandon Hicks, and he’s retired for the first out in the inning. Alex Guerrero now on to pinch-hit. He then smacks a single up the middle. Good sign. Jack Murphy then goes down on strikes for the second out. Corey Brown then follows suit to end the top frame.
Jharel Cotton on to pitch, and he gives up a leadoff single. Cotton then gives up another single before getting a strikeout. Double into the left-center gap scores two. 6-2 Dodgers now. Four run lead with five outs to go. Cotton rallies to get another strikeout for the second out of the inning. Four outs to go. Kyle Parker then hits a ground-rule double to make it 6-3. Not ideal. One-hopper to short ends the inning, but Rockies strike for three. Three outs to go, one inning to go.
Ninth Inning: Dodgers Lead 6-3
Micah Johnson kicks off the frame with a grounder to shortstop, and he’s the first out. Trayce Thompson then smacks a single into right field. He’s looked really good this spring. Herrera then grounds into a force out at second. Noel then goes down on strikes to end the top frame.
Matt West is coming into the game to close out this win for the Dodgers. West gets the first batter to strikeout. Two outs to go! He then fans a better for the second out! One out to go! Woof. Solo home run closes the gap to 6-4. Still one out to go. It’s okay, just close this out. Grounder to short is booted a little bit, and the runner reaches with two outs. E-6. Tying run coming up now. Never easy! Grounder to first, and that’s the game! DODGERS WIN! THEEEEEE DODGERS WIN!
FINAL SCORE: DODGERS 6, ROCKIES 4