Clayton Kershaw made his second Spring Training start Tuesday, as the Los Angeles Dodgers hosted National League West rival Colorado Rockies. Opposing Kershaw was a pitcher a lot less known than Kershaw, but possibly with as much promise, Eddie Butler. Butler was a 2012 first-round pick and is currently the Rockies top pitching prospect.
Kershaw started off hot, retiring the side in order with two groundouts and a strikeout to begin the game. Butler followed suit in the bottom half of the first, needing just seven pitches to complete the 1-2-3 inning.
Rockies first baseman Matt McBride led off the second inning with a single to left field, but was quickly erased on a double play hit by Kyle Parker. Jeremy Barfield then worked a two-out, ten-pitch walk, but Kershaw struck out the next batter to end the inning. The Dodgers were once again retired in order to complete the second inning.
Nick Hundley got the best of Kershaw to lead off the third, taking a curveball deep over the left field wall to give the Rockies a 1-0 lead. Kershaw finished the day throwing 46 pitches in three innings, giving up three hits and one run. Butler continued to impress in the third, giving up just one walk to Corey Seager.
Dustin McGowan took over for the Dodgers in the fourth inning. The right-hander gave up a double, single and hit a batter, but got an inning ending double-play to escape the jam. The Rockies were still able to score one run, giving them a 2-0 lead.
Justin Turner singled up the middle with one out in the fourth to give the Dodgers their first hit of the day. After an Adrian Gonzalez walk, Andre Ethier hit a ground ball to first that was bobbled and ruled a single for Ethier, scoring Turner. Juan Uribe then hit a line drive right into Nolan Arenado’s glove at third base, and Gonzalez was doubled-up to end the fourth inning with the Rockies still leading 2-1.
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