Clayton Kershaw now gets a chance to see if he can continue his early season success on the road.
Kershaw faces a favorable matchup against an Arizona Diamondbacks team that has struggled against left-handers in Friday night's opener of a weekend series for the Los Angeles Dodgers , who arrive after learning a major cog in their rotation will be out for some time.
Through two starts at home, Kershaw (2-0, 0.00 ERA) has yielded six hits while striking out 16 through 16 scoreless innings. He turned in seven innings of two-hit ball last Saturday with nine strikeouts in a 1-0 victory over Pittsburgh.
"For me it just starts with throwing strikes," said Kershaw, who has thrown 114 of 191 pitches for strikes with just one walk. "Just keep pumping the strike zone and letting the defense work. That's kind of my mindset."
The southpaw could be the last pitcher Arizona (6-3) wants to see at this time. The Diamondbacks are hitting .193 against left-handers, losing two of three games when opponents have started them.
"We haven't been that good. We have some power from the left-hand side, it just tends to neutralize that a little more," manager Kirk Gibson told the team's official website. "But it's early in the season. There's really nothing to read into it at this point."
Kershaw has a 1.81 ERA in his last 11 starts against the Diamondbacks, striking out 82 in 69 2-3 innings, though he did lose his final three outings against them in 2012.
Paul Goldschmidt is 1 for 11 against Kershaw, Miguel Montero 4 for 20 with nine strikeouts and Jason Kubel 1 for 8. That trio has combined for 21 RBIs in 2013, including five by Kubel in the last three games while going 5 for 13 with two homers.
Kershaw had a 3.24 ERA on the road last season compared to 2.05 at home.
There could be more pressure on him now to lead the Dodgers rotation. Los Angeles (6-3) learned that right-hander Zack Greinke suffered a broken left collarbone after being involved in a bench-clearing brawl in Thursday's 3-2 victory at San Diego.
Greinke plunked Carlos Quentin , who rushed the mound and wrestled him to the ground in the sixth inning. The Dodgers starter lowered his left shoulder into the onrushing Padres outfielder, and the consequences were steep. There is no timetable for Greinke at this point.
Los Angeles manager Don Mattingly blamed Quentin for the incident, saying he has "zero understanding of the game of baseball."
"He should not play a game until Greinke can pitch," said Mattingly about Quentin. "If he plays a game before Greinke pitches, something's wrong."
Matt Kemp and Jerry Hairston Jr., who did not play Thursday, were the Dodgers ejected in the aftermath of the brawl.
Los Angeles will have to move on and face Arizona left-hander Patrick Corbin (1-0, 3.00), who went 1-1 with a 1.59 ERA in two starts against the Dodgers as a rookie last year.
Corbin had a strong season debut Saturday, yielding two runs over six innings in a 9-2 victory at Milwaukee.
The Diamondbacks salvaged the finale of a three-game set with Pittsburgh on Wednesday with a 10-2 rout. A.J. Pollock had two homers and four RBIs.
Second baseman Aaron Hill sat out after being hit in the left hand by a pitch the previous night, but expects to play Friday.
Dodgers slugger Adrian Gonzalez , who hit .154 against Arizona last year, is 11 for 24 with eight RBIs over the past six games and hit his first homer of the season Thursday.
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|Jerry Hairston Jr.||3||.333||1||0||0||1||1||.500||.833||.333|
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|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|April 12, 2013||Zack Greinke||Day-to-Day||Broken left collarbone|
|March 28, 2013||Ted Lilly||15-Day DL||Left shoulder labrum surgery|
|March 22, 2013||Chad Billingsley||15-Day DL||Right index finger contusion|
|March 22, 2013||Scott Elbert||15-Day DL||Recovery from left elbow surgery|
|March 22, 2013||Hanley Ramirez||15-Day DL||Torn ligament, right thumb|
|March 22, 2013||Chad Billingsley||15-Day DL||Right index finger contusion|
|March 31, 2013||Didi Gregorius||15-Day DL||Right elbow strain|
|March 27, 2013||Willie Bloomquist||15-Day DL||Strained right intercostal|
|March 27, 2013||Willie Bloomquist||Day-to-Day||Strained right oblique|
|March 22, 2013||Cody Ross||15-Day DL||Left calf strain|
|March 22, 2013||Adam Eaton||15-Day DL||Left elbow strain|
|February 18, 2013||Daniel Hudson||60-Day DL||Recovery from right elbow surgery|
PHOENIX (AP) -- A night after their emotions ran at a fever pitch in San Diego, the Los Angeles Dodgers fell flat in Arizona.
Not even Clayton Kershaw could rescue them in a 3-0 loss to young Patrick Corbin and the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday night.
Corbin (2-0) allowed three hits in six innings, striking out four. He walked three and hit a batter, but kept the Dodgers at bay, then Brad Ziegler and David Hernandez each pitched a scoreless frame before J.J. Putz finished off the shutout for his second save in three tries.
Kershaw (2-1) struck out nine, leaving him one shy of 1,000 for his career, but left trailing 1-0 after the Diamondbacks loaded the bases with one out in the eighth inning. Reliever Shawn Tolleson walked both batters he faced to bring in two runs.
Arizona took a 1-0 lead in the fourth, the first run allowed by Kershaw in 20 innings to start the season.
Kershaw was charged with three runs on six hits in 7 1-3 innings as the Dodgers dropped the series opener a night after their bench-clearing brawl in San Diego resulted in an injury that will sideline starter Zack Greinke for eight weeks. Kershaw walked three after walking just one in 16 innings in his first two starts.
"It was a battle for me," Kershaw said. "After the first inning I really didn't have a breaking ball. I just couldn't find the rhythm with it. I was basically pitching with a fastball for most of the night, which obviously makes it difficult."
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly couldn't find much fault with Kershaw's performance. It was the Los Angeles offense that again failed to come through when opportunities presented themselves. Los Angeles stranded 10 runners and was 0 for 5 with runners in scoring position.
"They kept us down. You kind of hate to waste a performance like that from Kersh, but we weren't able to get anything on the board," Mattingly said. "It didn't seem like we had a ton of chances, but we had a few chances. `'
Even though he's pitched only part of one season in the majors, Corbin - who got the final spot in the Arizona rotation just before the season started - is 2-1 with a save and a 1.33 ERA against the Dodgers, who lost their sixth in a row at Arizona dating to last season.
"I knew coming in that it was going to be tough for us getting runs," Corbin said, "so I knew I had to go out there and put up some zeros."
A perfectly executed hit-and-run got Arizona on the board in the fourth. Gerardo Parra singled, then took off to second as Martin Prado batted. Prado hit the ball right where shortstop Justin Sellers was before he went to cover second. That left runners at first and third with one out, and Prado scored when Goldschmidt grounded into a double play to make it 1-0.
"That is not an easy task against Kershaw," manager Kirk Gibson said of Prado's hit-and-run at bat. "The ball is up, it is hard to sit back against the guy. ... Just trying to make something of an opportunity and he got the job done."
It stayed 1-0 until the Arizona eighth, when Jason Kubel 's pinch-hit single off the glove of the diving Matt Kemp in center, a bunt base hit by A.J. Pollock and a walk to Gerardo Parra loaded the bases and ended the night for Kershaw.
Tolleson, just brought up from Triple-A Albuquerque when Greinke went on the disabled list earlier in the day, relieved Kershaw and walked Prado and Goldschmidt to put Arizona up 3-0.
The Dodgers mounted a serious threat in the top of the fourth when walks to Juan Uribe and A.J. Ellis put runners at first and second with two outs. Sellers lined sharply to shortstop Cliff Pennington , who made a spectacular stop but the speedy Dodgers' shortstop beat out the throw in an extremely close play to load the bases.
That brought up Kershaw, who on a 3-2 count grounded up the middle. Second baseman Josh Wilson fielded it and threw the pitcher out at first to end the threat.
The Dodgers also threatened in the eighth and ninth.
In the eighth, Los Angeles got runners on first and third with one out. Kemp singled with one out and took third when Adrian Gonzalez walked on a wild pitch. But Hernandez struck out Carl Crawford and Andre Ethier grounded to first to end the inning.
In the ninth, Putz struck out Ellis but Nick Punto singled and Skip Schumaker walked. Jerry Hairston bounced one up the middle that the second baseman Wilson gloved, tossed to Pennington with his glove hand, and the relay to first was in time for the game-ending double play.
Early in the game, it was announced that San Diego's Carlos Quentin was suspended for eight games and Hairston one game for their involvement in the brawl that followed Quentin charging the mound at Greinke after being hit by a pitch. Both players remain active pending appeals.
Greinke broke his collarbone in the fight and is expected to be sidelined for eight weeks.
Kershaw's scoreless start to the season was the longest for the Dodgers since Jim Gott went 19 1-3 innings in 1993. Kershaw's scoreless streak stretched to 23 innings dating to last season, establishing a career high.
NOTES: The Diamondbacks send RH Ian Kennedy (2-0, 4.15 ERA) to the mound Saturday night against the Dodgers' left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu (1-1, 2.13). ... LH Ted Lilly , on the DL recovering from left shoulder surgery, threw a bullpen session Friday. He and LH Chris Capuano are candidates to take Greinke's spot in the Los Angeles rotation. ... Arizona manager Kirk Gibson says OF Cody Ross , rehabbing at Triple-A Reno from a calf injury, could be ready for the road series against the New York Yankees that starts next Tuesday. ... Diamondbacks 2B Aaron Hill was a late scratch in what was described as a precautionary move after he was hit in the left hand by a pitch on Wednesday night.