Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Dodgers Notes from Spring Training: Spring Game 8 / Home Game 4 - Kershaw Makes Second Starting Today

Throughout Spring Training the Dodgers PR department sends out helpful daily notes from Camelback Ranch, and I am happy to pass them along.  See what they've written below.

 Los Angeles Dodgers (4-1-2) vs. Colorado Rockies (2-3-1)
Tuesday, March 10, 2015 – 1:05 p.m. MT | Camelback Ranch

LHP Clayton Kershaw (1-0) vs. RHP Eddie Butler (0-0)
TV: SNLA Radio: None

(Dodger gear, pic via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2015)

HEATING UP: As the weather in Arizona heats up, the Dodgers find themselves unbeaten in their last six games, keeping the streak alive with a 5-5 tie against San Francisco yesterday in Scottsdale. Today is the first of two Cactus League games this spring against the National League West-rival Colorado Rockies. A split squad of Dodgers will travel to Talking Stick on Saturday, March 21 for the second leg of the series. Last year, Los Angeles went 13-6 facing the Rockies, their best against Colorado since going 14-4 in 2009. The clubs’ first meeting this season will be April 17-19 at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers do not visit Denver until May 8.
  • Opening Day is just 27 days away, as the Dodgers take on the Padres Monday, April 6.

BATTLING BACK: Facing a 5-2 deficit to the Giants in the seventh inning, the Dodgers came back to tie the contest at five apiece yesterday, earning their second tie of the spring season. Dodger starter Brett Anderson was terrific in his debut, retiring six of the seven hitters he faced and inducing five grounders to go along with a strikeout. Elsewhere on the mound, Erik Bedard fired 2.0 scoreless frames while Yimi Garcia and Chris Hatcher added a scoreless inning apiece. Neither has given up a run this spring. Offensively, Jimmy Rollins was 2-for-3 with a triple and a double and Yasiel Puig blasted his first homer of the spring, a two-run shot in the fourth inning. 
  • Second baseman Howie Kendrick committed a throwing error in the fifth inning yesterday, snapping a string of 45 consecutive errorless innings. Los Angeles has committed just two errors through its first seven Cactus League contests.
  • Los Angeles pitchers have combined to post a 3.57 ERA and limit opposing hitters to a .211 batting average this spring, striking out 53 and walking only 16 in 63.0 innings.
  • The Dodgers are averaging nearly six runs per game, slugging .455 as a team and have posted a .275 batting average.
(Yasiel Puig, pic via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2015)

ON THE MOUND: Left-hander Clayton Kershaw will make his second start of the spring today after striking out three and not allowing a hit in two scoreless frames last Thursday. Kershaw is coming off a season in which he took home both the NL MVP and Cy Young awards. Since making his debut in 2008, Kershaw leads the Majors in ERA, winning percentage (.667), opponents’ average (.209) and WHIP (1.06).
  • RHP Joe Wieland is expected to make his second appearance of the spring today after tossing two scoreless innings in last Thursday’s win over the White Sox. Wieland made his Major League debut at Dodger Stadium as a member of the Padres on April 14, 2012. He missed the second half of the 2012 season and all of the 2013 campaign due to Tommy John surgery.
  • Veteran RHP Dustin McGowan will make his second appearance of the spring today after allowing two runs on two hits in an inning of relief on Friday against the Mariners. The former first-round draft pick has struck out nearly twice as many as he’s walked in his career, striking out 392 and walking only 199 in 482.1 innings.
  • 23-year-old LHP Paco Rodriguez is also expected to see action today after tossing a scoreless frame on Friday against the Mariners. Rodriguez became the first member of the 2012 draft class to make his Major League debut, reaching the Majors after pitching in just 21 minor league games.
  • Hard-throwing RHP Pedro Baez is expected to appear in today’s game, after pitching a scoreless inning of relief in his first action of the spring on Friday against the Mariners. Baez limited opposing hitters to a .188/.231/.306 slashline and posted a 0.88 WHIP in 24.0 innings with the Dodgers in 2014.
  • RHP David Aardsma will make his second appearance of the spring today after tossing a scoreless frame on Friday against the Mariners. Aardsma has averaged nearly a strikeout per inning during the course of his career, with 305 strikeouts against only 169 walks in 306.1 innings.

30 IN 30: MLB Network’s 30 Clubs in 30 Days was on-site this morning for an inside look at Dodger camp. The hour-long special, complete with field reports, interviews with Dodger players and Don Mattingly and predictions, airs today at 4:00 p.m. PT.
(Warming Up, Pic via Los Dodgers on twitter)

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