In case you missed it: Kershaw, Sale give a Spring Training treat, Coleman turning heads
By Cary Osborne
Pitchers face batters, not pitchers. But it’s still fun to look at pitching matchups like a one-on-one contest. And even though it was Spring Training, Clayton Kershaw and Chris Sale — one could argue each pitcher is the best left-hander in his league (certainly David Price is included in the argument) — was a fun game within a game in Saturday’s 4-2 Dodger loss to the White Sox on Kershaw’s 28th birthday.
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Each pitcher picked off a runner. Kershaw’s game score was 51 to Sale’s 50.
Kershaw had one rough inning — the second, surrendering two earned runs and taking a Tyler Saladino comebacker off the leg. Kershaw was fine after the play, immediately shaking it off and striking out Adam Eaton to end the inning.
This was the second five-inning outing for Kershaw in a row. He now has a 1.80 ERA through 15 spring innings.
Back to Kershaw vs. Sale. The only chances we’ll see this matchup again in 2016 is if they’re the All-Star Game starting pitchers and or the two teams reach the World Series, as the Dodgers and White Sox don’t meet in the regular season.
Kershaw and Sale have opposed each other once in a regular season game — June 15, 2012.
Kershaw’s line: 6 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 7 SO
Sale: 5 2/3 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 6 SO.
Here are some other notes from Saturday:
- Louis Coleman continues to impress this spring. He retired the side in the sixth inning and has now retired 18 of 20 batters in Cactus League play.
- Howie Kendrick doubled off Sale in his first at-bat and tripled in his second. Kendrick got the start at third base and made two strong defensive plays, nearly getting Saladino on the comebacker off Kershaw and later getting Saladino on a bunt in the fifth inning in which he charged and made an off-balance throw.
- Alex Guerrero homered off Sale in the second inning — his second home run of the spring.
- Kenley Jansen surrendered a two-run home to Saladino in the seventh inning, breaking a 2-2 tie at the time.
- Andre Ethier walked into the clubhouse this morning on crutches, but as Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reported, the Dodger outfielder and Dodger manager Dave Roberts are both confident he’ll be ready for Opening Day. If you recall, Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira fouled a ball off his shin last August 17 and was originally diagnosed with a bone bruise, rested a week, then played two games only to head to the disabled list and later be shut down for the rest of the season on September 11 after another test showed a small fracture in his shin. Ethier is day to day and will be restricted to treatment for the next couple of days.
- Joe Davis made his Dodger broadcasting debut Saturday on SportsNet LA. The 28-year-old will be broadcasting 50 Dodger road games this season.