A Cactus League season like no other officially started for the Dodgers in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Wednesday, offering both some of the expected and unexpected.
Mostly the 4-1 loss to the
Kershaw pitched two innings, giving up three runs, five hits and a walk, and striking out two. He threw 42 pitches, 26 for strikes.
His cause wasn't helped by Crawford, who struggled judging two balls, actually breaking in on a drive before retreating as it went over his head (and off his glove) for a run-scoring triple by A.J. Pollock.
After Arizona had taken a 3-0 lead, the Dodgers bullpen held the Diamondbacks scoreless over the next five innings.
Seth Rosin, a Rule 5 draft pick up, followed and made an outstanding first impression. He went two innings, striking out five, including four consecutive.
Jose Dominguez, who was throwing 100 mph until sidelined last season because of a quad strain, pitched a scoreless inning and struck out two batters. And highly regarded prospect Ross Stripling threw a scoreless seventh before giving up a run in the eighth.