Just a few weeks following a series split in Los Angeles, the Dodgers traveled up to the Bay Area to take on the Oakland Athletics in the first of an eight-game road trip.
Returning to his hometown, Jimmy Rollins began the game with a strikeout. This set the tone in the top of the first inning for Felix Doubront, who also struck out Kiké Hernandez en route to setting the side down in order.
The same could not be said for Clayton Kershaw, who allowed a single to rookie Bill Burns on the first pitch. However, Kershaw settled down nicely and retired the next three batters without Burns advancing from first base.
Adrian Gonzalez led off the second inning with a high pop fly near that dropped between Marcus Semien and Sam Fuld as there was miscommunication. But the Dodgers also failed to take advantage of the leadoff single as it was followed by two pop outs and an Alex Guerrero strikeout to end the inning.
Mark Canha began the bottom of the second with a single and with Billy Butler walking, the Athletics quickly had runners on first and second with no outs. A Josh Reddick sacrifice bunt and an RBI groundout gave the A’s a 1-0 lead.
Kershaw ended the inning by making what’s become a patented behind-the-back stop on a chopper hit up the middle by Eric Sogard.
Doubront walked A.J. Ellis and Joc Pederson to put two on with no outs. Hernandez hit back to he box with one out, but kept the inning alive by beating the throw from second base to avoid hitting into an inning-ending double play. It made no difference however, as Justin Turner flied out.
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