Spring Training Recap: Clayton Kershaw Labors, Dodgers Score 3 In Ninth To Force Tie
Spring Training Recap: Clayton Kershaw Labors, Dodgers Score 3 In Ninth To Force Tie
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Pederson went down on a check swing to strikeout, while Puig launched a ball over Davis’ head in center field but was thrown out at second trying to leg out a double to end the third. Marlon Byrd dropped a one-out blooper in shallow right field line for a cheap double in the bottom half of the inning.

Kershaw got Uribe to chase a pitch for a strikeout, then spun a curveball to take care of Butler. Van Slyke reached base for a second time in the game by drawing a two-walk in the fourth. He was stranded as Ellis tapped back to Bauer.

Cowgill collected his second extra-base hit of the night by driving a leadoff double to left-center field in the bottom of the fourth. Kershaw issued a walk before getting out of the inning on a force out and pair of strikeouts.

Hernandez drew a leadoff walk in the fifth and raced around to score on Thompson’s RBI double that cut the Dodgers’ deficit to 2-1. Kershaw again found himself in trouble after issuing a leadoff walk and Turner throwing error that put runners on the corners with none out.

Uribe popped out and Butler grounded into an inning-ending double play, keeping the score at 2-1 in favor of the Indians. Turner led off the sixth with base hit up the middle, which Joba Chamberlain followed by walking Gonzalez.

Joe Blanton replaced Kershaw in the sixth and promptly issued back-to-back walks before recording an out. He then gave way to J.P. Howell, who inherited runners on the corners. Howell allowed both runners to score, which led to Jamey Wright entering the game.

The Indians tacked on another against the right-hander, taking a 5-1 lead to the seventh inning. After Puig hit an RBI double with two outs, Rob Segedin drew a walk. Gonzalez represented the tying run, but he grounded out to end the inning.

Ellis legged out an infield single in the eighth, then Herrera extended the inning with a base hit of his own. However, the Dodgers were again unable to capitalize on having the tying run at the plate, as Thompson grounded into a force out.

After a Rico Noel leadoff walk and Devan Ahart single, Segedin hit an RBI double to cut the Indians’ lead to 5-3. Mike Ahmed’s sacrifice fly pulled the Dodgers within a run. Van Slyke drew a walk to put runners on the corners, then Ellis tied the game at 5-5 on a squeeze play.

Minor League pitcher Chris Barlow retired the Indians in order in the bottom of the ninth, securing the Dodgers’ third tie of Spring Training.