At least Clayton Kershaw is in midseason form already. The Dodgers wrapped up the Arizona portion of their exhibition season with a 4-3 loss to the Indians at Camelback Ranch. This was the final game at Glendale. The boys in blue are coming home on Thursday to open the Freeway series against the Angels. Thursday and Friday night’s games are at Dodger Stadium.
Kershaw tossed three shutout innings allowing just two hits and striking out four. He finishes the spring with a 1.86 ERA. Carlos Frias followed him with 3.2 innings of his own, but did not fare well. Frias allowed four earned runs on four hits and walked five. Kershaw’s mound opponent Corey Kluber was just as good as well. Kluber threw 4.1 innings, allowing only one earned run on six hits. He struck out six and walked none.
The Dodger offense scored three runs on 11 hits. Trayce Thompson hit a solo home run, his third of the spring. Charlie Culberson, who could find himself making the roster because of the injuries to Howie Kendrick and Kike Hernandez went 2 for 3 with two RBI singles. Apparently the Dodgers had the tying run thrown out at the plate in the bottom of the ninth inning to end the game.
Former Dodger papi Juan Uribe plated a run with an RBI double. Rob Segedin also had two hits, and the Dodgers were 2 for 10 with runners in scoring position. The Dodgers are now 13-14-2 in Cactus League play as they come home for the freeway series.
In the opening game on Thursday night, left hander Andrew Heaney will counter Dodger’s southpaw Scott Kazmir at 7:10 PM. In the second game on Friday night, Kenta Maeda will face hector Santiago at 7:10 pm. In the series finale, Alex Wood will face off against Nick Tropeano in Anaheim. The Dodgers will then travel to San Diego to open the regular season on Monday afternoon.