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Dodgers-DBacks ST Game 1 Recap: Kershaw, Offense Struggle In Loss

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Chone Figgins led off the Los Angeles Dodgers’ first Cactus League game against Arizona Diamondbacks starter Brandon McCarthy. He worked a full count before being robbed of a hit on a diving catch by left field Mark Trumbo. Carl Crawford promptly grounded out to second base before Yasiel Puig picked up the first hit of the spring. The inning would end on a Juan Uribe groundout to third.

A few fly ball outs and a strikeout were sandwiched around two hits and a walk to give the Diamondbacks a 1-0 lead after the first inning. Reigning Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw labored a bit in his first inning. In the top of the second, Scott Van Slyke hit a single with one out but Alex Guerrero struck out looking to end the inning. Gerardo Parra tripled and Crawford misplayed a line drive with two outs to give A.J. Pollock an RBI triple. Aaron Hill added an RBI single to push the lead to 3-0.

Two quick outs in the top of the third had the Dodgers on the brink of another scoreless inning before Crawford hit a single and Puig added an RBI double to cut the deficit to 3-1. Javy Guerra took the mound for the third inning and he worked around an infield single to get an inning-ending double play to complete three innings. A Van Slyke walk was erased by a Tim Federowicz double play in the top of the fourth, bringing Seth Rosin to the mound in the bottom of the inning.

Rosin struck out two and gave up one hit to provide a scoreless inning and send the Dodgers to the plate in the top of the fifth. Justin Turner drew a walk against Diamondbacks pitcher J.J. Putz but was left stranded and the Dodgers head into the bottom of the fifth trailing 3-1. Rosin came back to strike out the side in the bottom of the 5th, giving him five punch outs in two innings of work. The Dodgers went down in order in the top of the sixth against Brad Ziegler.

Jose Dominguez took the mound for the bottom of the sixth. He retired the side in order while recording two strikeouts to give the Dodger pitchers their fourth-consecutive scoreless inning. In the top of the seventh, non-roster invitee Clint Robinson hit a single and Turner added a ground-rule double but Miguel Rojas flew out for the final out to end the rally. Ross Stripling threw a scoreless inning in the bottom of the 7th, but the Dodgers could not score in the top of the eighth after Jeremy Hazelbaker had a single with one out.

Stripling came back out for the bottom of the 8th and allowed three straight singles after recording an out to give the Diamondbacks a 4-1 lead. A double play ended the inning for Stripling and the Dodgers. In the top of the 9th, the Diamondbacks sent Josh Collmenter to the mound and the Dodgers went down in order to give the the Dodgers’ their first loss of the spring.


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Vincent Samperio

Vince is currently the Associate Editor and Social Media Manager for Dodgers Nation. Hailing from San Pedro, CA and a student at Cal State Long Beach, Vince has previously written for the Daily 49er and LASF Magazine.

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