MESA, Ariz. — Clayton Kershaw survived a scary incident in the Dodgers’ 2-1 win over the Oakland A’s. His postgame comments are above. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said “it obviously scared all of us a little bit, but once we get out there you could tell he wasn’t totally” hurt. You can view/hear his comments here.
The starting pitching matchup between Kershaw and Oakland A’s ace Sonny Gray was predictably well pitched. J.P. Howell, Adam Liberatore and David Aardsma all pitched scoreless innings out of the bullpen.
And this is why spring training wins, losses and ties mean little. Blake Smith, an outfielder-turned-pitcher who finished last year at Double-A, was sent out for the ninth inning to protect a 2-1 lead. He did not. The A’s loaded the bases and won the game 3-2 on a two-out RBI single (after a nice double play turned by first baseman Cody Bellinger).
For the record, the Dodgers’ Cactus League record is 8-4-6. The box score is here.
Some more observations from the Dodgers’ first game of the day (the split-squad game in San Antonio begins at 5 p.m.):
Corey Seager drew a walk and flew out to the warning track in the Dodgers’ 2-2 tie with the Colorado Rockies. (Getty Images)
GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Dodgers tied the Colorado Rockies today, 2-2. It was their third tie in their last four Cactus League games. Corey Seager interrupted the streak with a game-winning double in the bottom of the ninth inning Sunday to beat the Milwaukee Brewers. Otherwise, the Dodgers would be looking at four ties in a row. As I told someone at the ballpark today, I thought I was finished covering hockey.
The box score from today’s game is here. Some postgame thoughts:
Switch-hitting Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal has a 105 OPS-plus in his career batting left-handed and an 88 OPS-plus batting right-handed. (Getty Images)
Yasmani Grandal‘s brief major league career is checkered at best. He was suspended for 50 games in November 2012 following a positive test for testosterone. He’s batted just .224 since. His 2013 season ended when he tore multiple ligaments in his right knee during a collision at home plate, an injury that required reconstructive surgery.
And this was the player the Dodgers coveted in a trade for Matt Kemp?