The Los Angeles Dodgers were looking forward to facing Arizona Diamondbacks rookie Archie Bradley on Saturday night, who was making his major league debut. On the other hand, the D-backs were getting in the right mind-set to go up against the three-time CY Young award winner and reigning NL MVP, Clayton Kershaw.
No one could’ve guessed the outcome that turned out to be a 6-0 win for Arizona in which Bradley picked up his first career MLB victory.
The D-backs jumped on Kershaw in the first inning, putting three runners aboard before taking a 1-0 lead on Mark Trumbo’s RBI-single. Kershaw never looked comfortable or under control. The third inning turned out to be unfortunate for everyone involved with the Dodgers.
Arizona’s attempted double-steal with no outs looked to be cut short by a mile, until A.J. Pollock’s spike on his cleat popped the ball out of Justin Turner’s glove. The end result was a safe Pollock and Turner being removed from the game with what appeared to be a jammed finger. Juan Uribe replaced Turner, and immediately was forced to make a play on a ground ball that scored Pollock. Uribe was also removed from the game with an apparent hamstring injury.
The D-backs never allowed Kershaw to settle in, and Pollock was at it again in the fourth inning with an RBI-single and another run scored on Ender Inciarte’s groundout to second base to put Arizona ahead 3-0. The Dodgers offense was completely shut down by the D-backs prized rookie. On a night where Yasiel Puig was given the day off because of a slow 2-for-17 start to the season. Bradley allowed only one hit in his memorable debut, tossing six shutout innings with six strikeouts and even picked up a base hit in the process.
Kershaw’s night ended abruptly in the seventh inning, when Paul Goldschmidt hit a two-run home run to give the D-backs a 6-0 lead and eventual win, his second long ball in as many days. Arizona tagged the reigning MVP for six runs (5 ER) on 10 hits. Kershaw finished with three walks and five strikeouts, with one of those strikeouts (1,457) moving him into fifth place on the Dodgers all-time strikeouts list.
Los Angeles will look to avoid the sweep on Sunday afternoon, as Zack Greinke takes the mound in search for his first win of the season.
WP: Archie Bradley (1-0, 0.00)
LP: Clayton Kershaw (0-1, 5.84)