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March 22, 2011

Kennedy and crew blank L.A.

by @ 11:06 am. Filed under 2011 Dodgers

SCOTTSDALE– On a night of starters, the Los Angeles Dodgers better regroup as a team before they take on the San Francisco Giants 1½ weeks from now as Opening Night comes to Los Angeles next Thursday.  Each side got a glimpse of their opponents Opening Day starters as Clayton Kershaw pitched for the Dodgers and Ian Kennedy for Arizona.

Both starters had effective starts, but, if Los Angeles thinks itself a contender in the West, its bats better come to life by April.  Los Angeles suffered its first shutout of the spring as Arizona got on the board in the middle of the game and never looked back, winning easily 3-0.

Clayton Kershaw got the loss going five innings, giving up two runs on eight hits and striking out five.  Ian Kennedy, though, was just slightly better.  Kennedy pitched five and a third scoreless innings with six strikeouts.  The Dodgers main hitters (Loney, Kemp, and Ethier) need to provide more offense.  If Los Angeles is going to have success this season, these three players cannot go 1-9 in a game and expect to win.

Chris Young got Arizona’s first run after he doubled and scored on Miguel Montero’s single.  Montero scored the second run of the inning after Xavier Nady singled to center.  Juan Miranda scored the Diamondbacks last run on a single from David Winfree.  Ian Kennedy earned the win as his relievers prevented any runs crossing home ensuring a shutout.  Sam Demel got the save for Arizona.

One Response to “Kennedy and crew blank L.A.”

  1. Ron Shafer Says:

    Dodgers fans concerned about the team’s slow spring training should take heart. The team that became the Dodgers had a terrible time in the team’s very first spring training in 1890 in St. Augustine, Fla., as you can see on my website at http://www.brooklyndodgershistory.com. But they won the N.L. pennant that year, as you can read in my coming book When the Dodgers Were Bridegrooms, Gunner McGunnigle and Brooklyn’s Back-to-Back Pennants of 1889 and 1890. It’s the first book devoted entirely to the founding of the team–then called the Brooklyn Bridegrooms–and its first pennants.

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