After nearly a month of Spring Training games, the Los Angeles Dodgers wrapped up Cactus League play Wednesday against the reigning American League champions Kansas City Royals.
Darwin Barney led off the game with a triple to right-center field, but was easily thrown out at home plate as he attempted to score on an A.J. Ellis grounder to third. Chris Heisey had another opportunity to put the Dodgers on the board with two on and two outs, but grounded out to end the inning.
After issuing a walk to Jarrod Dyson to start the bottom of the first inning, Clayton Kershaw benefitted from a fluke double play. Alex Rios hit an infield pop-up that Dyson didn’t track and he was caught in no-man’s-land before being doubled up at first.
Royals starter Yordano Ventura struck out Kiké Hernandez to start the second inning, and then retired Corey Seager and Darnell Sweeney on groundouts for quick a 1-2-3 inning. After hitting a one-out single in the bottom of the second, Paulo Orlando got a good jump on Kershaw and stole second base.
Orlando advanced to third as Ellis’ throw went into center field.The Royals took a 1-0 lead on Kershaw’s errant pickoff attempt to first base that got past Scott Van Slyke. Barney had another gutsy play on the basepaths in the third inning by stretching a single into a double.
Barney’s risk paid dividends as Ellis came up next and doubled down the left field line to score the Dodgers second baseman and tie the game at 1-1. Kershaw then retired Kansas City in order in the bottom half of the inning.
Chris Heisey ended up on second base thanks to an error by Alex Rios, who dropped a routine pop-up in right field. Seager moved Heisey to third on a single to right, then Sweeney gave the Dodgers a 2-1 lead on a groundout to first in which Royals first baseman Whit Merrifield was unable to start a double play.
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