Crickets! Arizona bats silent in Aussie MLB opener

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 22, 2014 at 9:22 am •  Published: March 22, 2014
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SYDNEY (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks should have figured they were in for a tough time against the Los Angeles Dodgers after being shut out a day earlier by Team Australia in an exhibition game.

It didn't get any easier for manager Kirk Gibson's team, either.

Some of the Arizona players walked a half-mile to Sydney Cricket Ground after a team bus got a flat tire. Then, they had to face Clayton Kershaw in the Major League Baseball season opener Saturday night.

Kershaw flashed his Cy Young form, Scott Van Slyke homered and the NL West champion Dodgers beat the Diamondbacks 3-1 Saturday night.

"We'd like to score more runs, and I think offensively we're a much better club than we've shown here," Gibson said.

The Diamondbacks had just five hits — same as the Dodgers — but didn't do much with them.

Kershaw struck out leadoff man A.J. Pollock on three pitches. But Aaron Hill's sharp grounder went off the glove of shortstop Hanley Ramirez for a single and Paul Goldschmidt singled between short and third to put runners at first and second with one out.

They moved up a base on an infield out, but were left there when Mark Trumbo grounded out.

Another missed opportunity, one of many over the past two nights.

"They pitched well against us," Gibson said. "We have 161 games left, so you try and learn some things and learn what they're trying to do against us and hopefully we'll do better tomorrow. Our lineup's a solid lineup, but not good enough tonight."

As for the bus mishap, Gibson said he wasn't aboard.

"It wasn't a big deal, they didn't mind walking the rest of the way," he said.

Kershaw departed in the seventh inning after throwing 102 pitches and striking out seven.

Three relievers kept the Diamondbacks scoreless with hitless work. Chris Perez, a five-time All-Star with Cleveland before joining the Dodgers in the offseason, got the last out in the seventh.

Brian Wilson pitched the eighth and closer Kenley Jansen got the save. Jansen walked a batter before getting Gerardo Parra to ground out to end the game.

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