“If it wasn’t for that Kershaw guy we’d be in good shape,” manager Don Mattingly quipped.
The takeaways from the Arizona Diamondbacks’ 4-1 victory over the Dodgers at Salt River Fields on Wednesday were limited, to put it mildly.
Among the more meaningful performances, Yasiel Puig twice faced Brandon McCarthy, who will almost certainly be in the Diamondbacks’ major-league rotation if he’s healthy. Puig singled to right field in his first at-bat and doubled in his second at-bat. The latter hit gave the Dodgers their only run when Carl Crawford scored all the way from first base.
Kershaw pitched two innings, allowed five hits, three runs (all earned), walked one and struck out two. He threw 42 pitches — 26 strikes — then “faced two hitters” by throwing about 15 more pitches in the bullpen.
“I wasn’t throwing the ball where I wanted to,” he said. “There were some off-speed pitches I needed to throw better. That one to Montero I struck him out on was probably up, honestly. That one that Pollock hit, there’s just some balls that I left up. Just a lot to work on.”
Kershaw didn’t downplay his pitching line.
“I’m a results-based guy,” he said. “I want to see outs. Today left a lot to be desired.”
The Diamondbacks scored their final run in the eighth inning off Ross Stripling.
Some more postgame notes and observations:
• Crawford, playing left field, allowed a fly ball by A.J. Pollock to go over his head for a triple — a generous call. Center fielder Joc Pederson committed the only error of the game on a ball to the gap between center and right field.
• Seth Rosin might have been the most impressive pitcher on the mound for either team. He faced seven hitters and struck out five. The right-hander, whom the Dodgers acquired in the Rule 5 draft in December, said he threw mostly changeups.
• Zack Greinke starts tomorrow for the Dodgers against the Diamondbacks at Camelback Ranch. The game is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. Mountain Time (noon Pacific).