Clayton Kershaw Makes Third Spring Start Against Brewers, Cody Bellinger Debuts

(Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports)

In another game of Cactus League play, the Dodgers fell to the Brewers by a score of 7-2, as Clayton Kershaw made his third start of the spring. The Los Angeles ace was roughed up a bit, throwing four innings and allowing five runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out three.

Cody Bellinger also made his spring debut, going 0-for-3 with one strikeout. Many noticed Belinnger came out with a much more open stance.

“I feel confident with it,” said Bellinger, talking about the stance.

The Brewers hit back-to-back homers, including one on the very first pitch of the game, via the bats of Kolten Wong and Luis Urias, to quickly take a 2-0 lead. Milwaukee added three more runs in the top of the third inning through a couple of hits from Jackie Bradley Jr. and Omar Narvaez.

Kershaw got several more innings under his belt as he continues to prepare for his Opening Day start in Colorado on April 1. It will be the ninth career Opening Day start for Kershaw as he continues to add to the franchise record.

“Hopefully it’s not in a blizzard,” Kershaw said when talking about the season opener.

Kershaw is in line to get about two more tune-ups before the beginning of the regular season.

Since the universal DH will not be making a return, Kershaw showed off his bat by slapping an opposite-field single.

The Dodgers only used two pitchers in today’s game, as Trevor Bauer relieved Kershaw, throwing five full innings of his own.

Bauer surrendered three hits and two earned runs, both of which resulted from long balls. He did not issue any walks

Luke Maille and Zach Green from the Brewers tagged Bauer for the solo shots.

The Dodgers avoided getting shut out in the bottom of the eighth when Matt Davidson hit a two-run single, scoring D.J Peters and Elliot Soto while cutting the score to 7-2.

Peters was quite impressive in center field today, making a diving catch in shallow center field and another close to the wall on the warning track.

With a little over two more weeks until Opening Day, the Dodgers will look at how Bellinger progresses and how his swing comes through, as it still is a work in progress.

Walker Buehler will make his fourth start of the Spring on Wednesday against the Chicago White Sox, as he will face one of the best right-handers in the majors in Lucas Giolito.

Wednesday’s first pitch is slated for 1:05 p.m. Pacific.

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