Leave it to the Rockies to make Kershaw look like Kershaw.
While the Rockies have had a pretty decent spring from a hitting perspective, all things considered, it didn’t take too long for the Dodgers ace to make them look like they were out of their league, and wishing to be out of the NL West to boot.
Kershaw went five, only giving up two hits and one unearned run. Kershaw had been struggling a bit, coming into today’s game, while the Rockies starter Francis was the picture of perfection. He came into todays game with a 0.00 ERA, going nine innings without giving up an earned run. He extended that to 13, making it through the fourth inning without giving up a run.
And then he started the fifth.
Castellanos, Amezaga and Kershaw himself all hit singles, with Kershaw’s driving in the first run given up of Francis’ spring. Francis did get Gordon to ground out, but then Schumaker drove home another run with a single to left and it was time to pull Francis. Parker Frazier came in and proceeded to give up a single to Kemp and a home run to Uribe.
Francis took the loss and saw his average jump from perfect to 2.70.
The Rockies combined for only five hits on the day (Fowler, Cuddyer, Nelson, Wrigley and Dickerson in the eighth).