And then all was right in the baseball universe, or at least in the part that orbits around the
That makes for an almost impossible encore, but for one spring game, he looked up for the challenge.
It was only two innings, but Kershaw seemed all business. He retired all six batters, striking out three and throwing in the mid-90s. It only took him 20 pitches, so afterward he threw another in the bullpen.
The Dodgers used Kershaw and more strong play from their young crop of players to drop the
For what it's worth, in four appearances last spring, Kershaw had a 9.20 ERA.
The next five Dodgers pitchers took their cue from Kershaw.
The rotation now is set up for its regular-season order. After being skipped in their first spring starts, Zack Greinke (elbow injection) is scheduled to make his first start Wednesday and Hyun-Jin Ryu (back stiffness) Thursday.
Otherwise, Thursday in Phoenix was another good day for the Dodgers prospects. Joc Pederson, who had two hits in Wednesday’s opener, opened Thursday’s game with a single and was doubled to third by
They added a second run in the sixth inning after prospect
Seager, the Dodgers' No. 1-rated prospect, looks like a young player with a pretty good idea of what he wants to do at the plate. He's had five plate appearances in the first two games and reached base four times (one hit, three walks).
After Seager's second walk in the eighth inning, Kyle Jensen hit a two-run homer off right-hander Michael Ynoa. Jensen, a 6-3, 215-pound first baseman, came to the Dodgers from the Marlins as part of the Dee Gordon trade. He hit 27 home runs last season at triple-A.
The Dodgers added two more in the ninth when another prospect, this time outfielder Scott Schebler, doubled in a pair of runs.