Glendale, AZ – Clayton Kershaw led the battle royal on the mound but it was the Giants who came away with the victory.
The Cy Young Award winner allowed three hits and a home run in the second inning. That was all San Francisco needed to get past the Dodgers with the 3-2 win. Kershaw with his best start since spring training began, threw 70 pitches in five frames, allowing five hits with one strikeout. Definitely not his best outing but good enough for now.
Joaquin Arias got the first hit off Kershaw in the second frame with a single to right field. A wild pitch moved him to second and Brandon Hicks followed with a two-run homer to take the lead 2-1. Los Angeles scored their first run after Chone Figgins was issued a walk, stole second, went to third on A.J. Ellis” groundout and came home on Brandon Belt’s throwing error in the first inning.
“I feel better today,” said Kershaw. “It’s no fun to not pitch well wether it’s spring training or regular season. This game definitely wasn’t perfect but it’s a step in the right direction. I built my pitch count up and got to go five innings which is really important. Hopefully I’ll have a pretty close to normal start the next time out.”
Edwin Escobar who started for the Giants, pitched three innings allowing three walks and one run in the first. He collected himself after a rocky start and got some defensive help to stifle the Dodgers through the next three frames. Non-roster pitcher Jason Berken replaced Escobar in the fourth and pitched three scoreless innings.
“My first inning, I was trying to keep my ball down,” Escobar said. “I felt more comfortable after that and my progression got better. Things really started working for me and I feel good about that.”
Los Angeles tied the game 2-2 in the seventh with a few singles from prospects Corey Seager and Joc Pederson. Dan Runzler walked two more but unfortunately for the Dodgers, runners were left stranded to end the inning. Red Patterson who issued a bases loaded walk in the eighth gave San Francisco the lead and the win.