All the damage was done after 3 innings in Glendale when the Dodgers took on the Oakland Athletics on Monday. The score was already 2-7 Oakland after 3.
Everything was going swimmingly for LA through 2 and a half innings as they lead the A’s 2-0 during their 6th Spring Training game. So far the Dodgers are 2-2 with a tie yesterday and have been progressing the players nicely even with the injuries that have occurred to Zack Greinke and Ross Stripling.
The first two runs were both scored on a bases clearing double from Dee Gordon who got AJ Ellis and Miguel Olivo home, both had got on base through base hits of Oakland’s AJ Griffin. Gordon used his speed to round 3 bases as smacked the ball into the right field wall and registered his second triple in as many days. The second base spot is wide-open Dee.
Things all went downhill from there in the A’s third inning. Kershaw walked two straight and then gave up a run scoring single to Sam Fuld. Then another walk to Billy Burns gave former Dodger and teammate, Nick Punto the chance to grab him an RBI, he didn’t fail driving in 2 on a single to right. Still no out in the third with 3 runs on the board. Donnie came out and thought he had seen enough of the ace after pulling him out after 2 complete innings pitched.
After his outing Kershaw said, “I know it’s only Spring Training and it doesn’t matter but it matters to me.” Maybe Clayton does want to go to Australia after all.
Brandon League took over on the hill for his first game back since the back problem that kept him out since last year. With runners on third and first Brandon managed the first out of the inning. He followed that up with a walk to Donaldson to load the bases to allow Josh Reddick to hit with the bases loaded and one out. He took advantage and scored a ground rule double to score two.
Kershaw’s line then was 2IP 5ER 2H 3BB 2K and also managed to earn him self the loss. Not his best day out from the reining Cy Young winner.
Callaspo lined out to Ethier in center to make it two outs. League walked Barton and Norris scored two more runs off league with a single. Flud’s second AB of the inning ended it when he popped up to SVS in left field.
Yes the Dodgers played some big names today.
Seth Rosin took over for 3 scoreless frames and showed some great potential up on the hill. He took a little time to start dealing having already given up 1st and 3rd with no one away but then got him self out of his own jam and only gave up one more hit in his next 2 innings.
The come back looked to be on in the fifth. Olivo singled and moved around to second on a ground out from Gordon. Figgins flew out and it looked grim for LA. Ethier was the savior with two outs when he scored Olivo on a single and picked up his first RBI of the spring.
Everything stayed quiet after the fifth with Rosin, Baez and Martin all combining for 5 scoreless innings but the damage had been done.
Guerrero entered the game in the sixth to keep his record of playing every game so far in tact. He took over from Dee Gordon who played well with a triple and 2RBIs.
Ethier got on base twice with two hits. Rojas, Gonzalez, Hazelbaker and AJ Ellis all got one. Olivo got his first 2 hits of the spring with two in today’s game.
Clint Robinson is still batting .500 even though he went 0-1 today. Andre Ethier is going 5-11 in the spring and is hitting .455. Gonzalez is a round 3 for 9 and batting .333 and Rojas is .375 going 3 for 8.
Kershaw’s ERA is very high at the moment, 18.00 and he is already 0-2.
Tomorrow sees the Dodgers take on the 3-1 Mariners at 3:05 ET.