Clayton Kershaw made his second spring start on Tuesday against the Colorado Rockies, and once again, catcher AJ Ellis was behind the plate. Although, manager Don Mattingly has yet to confirm or deny that the Los Angeles Dodgers’ ace will have a personal catcher throughout the 2015 regular season.
For the consecutive day, the Dodgers finished in a tie with their opponent, as they came from behind late in the game against the Rockies to make it a 2-2 draw.
Kershaw, who looked as good as advertised in his first spring start last week, actually looked human on Tuesday. He tossed two scoreless innings but allowed a solo-home run to Nick Hundley in the third inning, on a rare hanging curve ball. He finished his expected 3.0 innings of work allowing three hits, one run, and one walk with two strikeouts. The Rockies other run came in the fourth inning off reliever Dustin McGowan on Ryan Casteel’s RBI single.
The Dodgers had a few regulars on display in this game, or whatever you think Andre Ethier might be. He started in right field on Tuesday, and in the fourth inning picked up an RBI single on a sharply hit ball to first base, off the glove of Matt McBride. Los Angeles had its chances in the seventh inning to break open the game with the bases loaded, down 2-1, but Matt Carson and O’Koyea Dickson both struck out swinging to end the threat.
One inning later, left-handed hitting outfielder Scott Schebler saved the day for the Dodgers, when he launched a home run over the right-center field wall to tie the game 2-2.
Dodgers’ pitchers who threw scoreless innings on Tuesday were Joe Weiland (2.0), David Aardsma (1.0), Paco Rodriguez (1.0) and Pedro Baez (1.0).
News & Notes;
- P Zack Greinke is scheduled to his make his spring debut on Wednesday against the Chicago Cubs.
- RHP Joel Peralta after a successful bullpen session on Tuesday hopes to make his debut in a game on Friday for the Dodgers.
- Prospect Corey Seager started Tuesday’s game at shortstop and went 0-1 with a fly-out and walked for the fifth time this spring in his other at bat.