Final Score: Los Angeles 1, Pittsburgh 0
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Clayton Kershaw turned in another brilliant
performance with seven scoreless innings and the Dodgers bullpen preserved the
shutout as Los Angeles defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates, 1-0, on Saturday.
Kershaw (2-0) struck out nine and allowed just two hits and a walk. He has yet
to give up a run through his first 16 innings of work this season. Brandon
League spun a scoreless ninth to pick up his second save.
The Dodgers offense struggled, going just 2-for-14 with runners in scoring
position and leaving 10 men on base. Mark Ellis provided the lone score with
an RBI single in the third.
Pittsburgh was even worse at the plate, with Starling Marte recording the
team's only two hits. Through the first five games, the Pirates have just 17
hits and have scored only six runs.
A.J. Burnett (0-2) was saddled with the loss, giving up one run on four hits
and four walks. He struck out nine.
"That was a pitchers duel," said Burnett on his matchup with Kershaw. "That
was the first time I've pitched against him. I want to go up against team's
aces, that's what I'm here for. I was able to put it where I wanted for the
Carl Crawford went 2-for-3 and after reaching with a two-out single in the
third, he stole second and raced home on Ellis' ground ball base hit to left
to score the game's only run.
That was all Kershaw would need, as he went on to retire 17 straight batters
after giving up a hit to Marte to start the game. Marte got on with another
single in the sixth, but was left stranded.
"They're very agressive and I had to make quality pitches," said Kershaw. "My
fastball wasn't great and I was able to get some 3-2 counts with my slider.
For me, it starts with throwing strikes."
Burnett was also strong, striking out the side in both the first and fifth
innings, but was replaced in the sixth after surrendering a single to Adrian
Gonzalez and walking Andre Ethier.
Jared Hughes took the mound and promptly gave up a single to A.J. Ellis to
load the bases. However, the Dodgers couldn't get a run across as Luis Cruz
popped up and Justin Sellers grounded into a force out to end the threat.
Los Angeles put runners on first and second in the seventh and eighth innings,
but again failed to score.
League came on in the ninth to close out the game. He gave up a two-out walk
to Neil Walker, but got Andrew McCutcheon to ground out to end the game.
The Pirates were shutout for the second straight game ... Pittsburgh's Pedro
Alvarez and Los Angeles' Matt Kemp each struck out three times ... The Dodgers
have won eight straight games against Pittsburgh as host ... Los Angeles will
go for the series sweep on Sunday and will send Hyun-Jin Ryu to the hill.
Pittsburgh will counter with Jeff Locke.
04/07 00:50:26 ET
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