Balanced LA offense backs Kershaw

Balanced LA offense backs Kershaw

at Phoenix
Monday, March 22

Dodgers at the plate: All nine Los Angeles starters had at least one hit including pitcher Clayton Kershaw as a Dodgers split-squad overcame an early deficit. Second baseman Jamey Carroll had three hits and scored twice and right fielder Reed Johnson had three hits and an RBI. L.A. took the lead for good on catcher A.J. Ellis' double-play groundout in the sixth inning.

Brewers at the plate: The Brewers jumped to a 3-0 lead against Clayton Kershaw in the first inning with help from an error charged to third baseman Nick Green, whose throw to second on a potential double-play grounder sailed wide. Casey McGehee and Corey Hart drove in a run apiece in the inning.

Dodgers on the mound: Only one of the runs against Kershaw in the first inning was earned, and the young left-hander buckled down the rest of the way. In five innings he allowed only two hits, and he worked around three walks and two wild pitches with six strikeouts.

Brewers on the mound: The Brewers' No. 3 starter and All-Star closer both had forgettable afternoons against the Dodgers. Doug Davis started and couldn't get through his allotted five innings, allowing three runs and six hits with three walks and three strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings of work. Closer Trevor Hoffman took the seventh inning and labored a bit, allowing two runs on four hits and a wild pitch. The inning began with a Rafael Furcal grounder that ticked off first baseman Joe Koshansky's glove and was ruled a single.

Worth noting: Davis was not on the same page with catcher Jonathan Lucroy early in the game, and perhaps that was due to some morning scrambling. Matt Treanor was supposed to catch Davis, but he was traded to Texas just before lunch and Lucroy was called into duty.

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Cactus League records: Dodgers 7-10-1; Brewers 11-9-1.

Up next: The Dodgers have an off-day scheduled for Tuesday, but not everybody will be off. Chad Billingsley, to keep the rotation in order, will pitch about five innings in a Minor League game. The Dodgers won't play again until Wednesday night, when they travel to play Oakland. Hiroki Kuroda will try to bounce back from a rough outing San Diego, but the more intriguing appearance will be 22-year-old Josh Lindblom, for the second spring making a strong bid for a job. Lindblom only pitched two innings last time, so if he makes the club, it appears it would be as a reliever.

Most of the Brewers' regulars will be in action on Tuesday for the team's final game before its lone Spring Training day off. That means Prince Fielder, Corey Hart, Gregg Zaun and Casey McGehee will all hit the road to Goodyear, Ariz., to face left-hander Jeremy Sowers and the Indians. Dave Bush will start for Milwaukee and will finally have the attention of the full coaching staff. Bush and left-hander Manny Parra have shared a day all spring as both vie for one of the openings in Milwaukee's starting rotation. Tuesday's game will air on the Brewers Radio network with Bob Uecker and Corey Provus on the call.

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.