Dodgers 9, Diamondbacks 3
Clayton Kershaw’s final spring tuneup was a clunker. Ian Kennedy
wasn’t much better.
Next up? Opening day.
Kershaw and Kennedy both struggled Saturday, and the Los Angeles
Dodgers went on to a 9-3 victory over an Arizona Diamondbacks split
Kershaw, the reigning NL Cy Young Award winner, gave up three
runs, six hits and a walk in 3 2-3 innings for the Dodgers.
”I gave up runs and hits which constitutes a bad outing,” he
said. ”Giving up hits was the main thing. I wasn’t hitting a lot
of spots but giving up hits was the problem.”
The left-hander had been dominant this spring, yielding just
three runs in 18 1-3 innings and holding opponents to a .203
average heading into Saturday’s game.
”I like to pitch well no matter when I go out there,” Kershaw
said. ”It is no fun to pitch bad. It doesn’t count until April 5th
so hopefully all the bad ones are out of my system.”
Kennedy, who finished fourth in the Cy Young Award voting last
season, worked five innings and was charged with three runs and
five hits. He gave up just one run in 11 innings over his two
”I have been feeling better and better with command and my
off-speed stuff, today too,” Kennedy said. ”Today’s results
aside, I am pretty happy with how things are going.”
Matt Angle hit a two-run homer and Justin Sellers had two RBIs
for Los Angeles. Ronald Belisario pitched 1 1-3 perfect
Jason Kubel hit a two-run homer for Arizona. Craig Breslow
allowed three runs and four hits in one inning.
NOTES: It was the 13th sellout this spring at Salt River Fields,
extending the franchise mark. The previous record was 11 set last
season, the first year the Diamondbacks played at Salt River
Fields. … The Diamondbacks traded RHP Robby Rowland to Pittsburgh
and outrighted RHP Brett Lorin to Double-A Mobile. Lorin, who
turned 25 on Saturday, was selected in the Rule 5 draft in
December, and the trade allows Arizona to send him to the minors
without offering him back to the Pirates. The Diamondbacks now have
33 players in camp, including five non-roster players. … Arizona
2B Aaron Hill was sent home before the game because he was feeling