The 22-year-old lefty allowed six hits, walked one and struck out seven. Air-tight relief by Ramon Ortiz, Ramon Troncoso and Luis Ayala held the Reds hitless over the final three innings and struck out four.
The Dodgers scored first in the second inning on a double by Casey Blake and a single by Blake DeWitt. Cincinnati tied the game in the fourth in an identical manner, with a double and a single.
The game was completed in a snappy 2:16, making it the shortest game the Dodgers have played this spring.
Both Arroyo and Kershaw worked a scoreless first inning and Manny Ramirez, leading off the second inning, drew more cheers than boos in front of the predominately Cincinnati crowd. A red-hot Casey Blake got the first hit of the game for either side with a two-out double off the right-center field wall. Blake DeWitt drove him in with a single up the middle and a 1-0 Dodgers lead.
Left fielder Leyton Nix of Cincinnati duplicated Blake's drive with two out, although he banged it off the right field wall. With two out in the third, DeWitt ranged well down the right field line but center fielder Drew Stubb's pop stuck in DeWitt's glove for only a moment before trickling out, giving Stubbs a mini-sized double.
Brandon Phillips doubled to lead off the fourth for the Reds, a scorcher down the third base line, and Wladimir Balenten rolled a single through the hole between short and third to tie the game.
Each club had a single run after four full innings, and of the seven hits allowed, four of them had been doubles.
Kershaw issued his first walk in the fifth inning, to Arroyo of all people. A slick 3-6-3 double play and a strikeout, his fifth, closed out the inning.
Kershaw got revenge for the walk, singling sharply to left field leading off the sixth. Rafael Furcal dropped a bunt in front of the plate that Arroyo and catcher Hanigan couldn't decide who should take it and Raffy beat it out for a hit. Kemp hit into a quick double play as Kershaw moved to third base and Andre Ethier slammed a single to right, putting the Dodgers up 2-1. Kershaw allowed his sixth hit in the last of the fifth, another double (#4) but a nice running catch by Ethier in right and a strikeout (#7) left him stranded.
Francisco Cordero took over for Arroyo in the top of the seventh and James Loney greeted him with a single to right on the first pitch. Blake fanned and DeWitt hit into a double play to end the inning.
Ramon Ortiz, making his second appearance in two days, took over in the last of the seventh and retired the side in order with two strikeouts. Ramon Troncoso did the same and Luis Ayala used six pitches to retire the side in the ninth.
Martin in Minor League Game
Russell Martin will be making the trip over to Goodyear, but not to battle the Reds with his Dodger teammates. The two-time All-Star is slated to catch seven innings and bat seven times against the Indians' Triple-A team this afternoon at the team's minor league complex. On Thursday, Martin went 2-for-6 with two singles and caught 6.0 innings in the Triple-A game and is still well ahead of schedule in his rehab after suffering a strained groin back on March 6. Martin remains on track to appear in this week's exhibition games in Los Angeles and make the Dodgers' Opening Day roster.
Joe Torre quotes Blake and Ethier are going to Las Vegas. Ellis and DeWitt will both be there too. We'll make a statement on second base in a few days. DeWitt couldn't have done anymore that is within his control, he's done everything he possibly could have done and come through with high marks.
Physically guys are ready, mentally it's tough to remind yourself these games are important. We still have decisions to make not just at second base but the pitching staff as well.
Haeger could go six, we're not concerned about building up his endurance. He's done a good job and handled everything we've thrown at him. He can dominate a game when that thing's working. He talked with Charlie Hough about how to pitch in certain environments. Florida should be fine, he said he enjoys pitching indoors too.
We've got to figure out our starters and figure it out from there. You have Sherrill, Broxton, and Troncoso. Kuo is a question mark, he probably won't be ready for the season. We've got a lot of options. Sherrill is looking at some video for those who are wondering. They thought he was doing some mechanical stuff that he doesn't normally do.
Call of the Hounds; Belisario Arrives
Ronald Belisario reported late to camp for the second straight spring season, this time late five weeks late. He wouldn't speak to reporters when he arrived from his native Venezuela, saying he would wait until Sunday morning to do so.
The Dodgers placed him on the restricted list Friday, meaning they can leave him in extended spring training for as many as 30 days and remove him from the 40-man roster without the risk of losing him on waivers. He won't be paid until he is activated.
Manager Joe Torre made clear that won't be among the 25 players who start the season in Pittsburgh on April 5. The Dodgers break camp in four days.
The right-handed pitcher went 4-3 with a 2.04 ERA in 69 games last season as the club's primary setup man in his first Major League season.
Belisario's agent, Paul Kinzer, admitted his client was at fault, saying Belisario missed appointments at the U.S. Embassy in Caracas. That further compounded legal issues faced by the pitcher, who last year was charged with driving under the influence and recently pleaded to a lesser charge.
The Dodgers have four Cactus League games remaining as they face off against the Reds for the second time this spring after Cincinnati defeated Los Angeles 3-2 on March 12 in Glendale in the teams' inaugural Cactus League matchup. The two clubs will meet for a third and final time in the exhibition season on March 31 for a split squad game in Las Vegas.
Probable Pitchers at Indians, March 30: RHP Chad Billingsley, RHP Jeff Weaver, LHP George Sherrill and RHP Jonathan Broxton.
Score by innings Los Angeles 010 001 000-2 Cincinnati 000 100 0001 Los Angeles ab r h bi ave Furcal ss 4 0 1 0 .196 Troncoso p 0 0 0 0 .000 Ayala p 0 0 0 0 .000 Kemp cf 4 0 0 0 .255 Repko rf 0 0 0 0 .083 Ethier rf 3 0 1 1 .283 Johnson rf-lf 1 0 0 0 .275 Ramirez lf 3 0 0 0 .294 Carroll 3b 1 0 0 0 .304 Loney 1b 3 0 1 0 .293 Hu 2b 0 0 0 0 .190 Blake 3b 3 1 1 0 .375 Belliard 2b-1b 0 0 0 0 .172 DeWitt 2b 3 0 1 1 .367 Paul lf-cf 0 0 0 0 .276 Ellis c 3 0 0 0 .294 Kershaw p 2 1 1 0 .500 RaOrtiz 0 0 0 0 .000 Anderson ph 0 0 0 0 .000 Green ss 0 0 0 0 .192 ----------------------------------------- Totals 31 2 6 2 Reds 32 1 6 1 Two-base hits- Blake (2). RBI- Blake (3), Ethier (19). LOB- Los Angeles 3, Cincinnati 5. Los Angeles in h r-er bb so era Kershaw (1-0) 6.0 6 1-1 1 7 1.69 RaOrtiz 1.0 0 0-0 0 2 1.15 Troncoso 1.0 0 0-0 0 2 6.14 Ayala (sv) 1.0 0 0-0 0 0 4.82 T- 2:16. Att- 6,970.Dodger Blue Notes-- Left-handed reliever Hong-Chih Kuo, who has been shut down indefinitely with a sore left elbow. According to Dodger Manager Joe Torre, Kuo is likely to start the season on the 15-day disabled list. The Taiwan native had Tommy John surgery in 2000 and 2002. ...Casey Blake has swung a hot bat over the three-game "homestand," going 6-for-10 (.600) with a double and two RBI to join fellow infielder Blake DeWitt among the N.L. Cactus League leaders in both batting average (.378, 6th) and on-base percentage (.442, 8th). DeWitt continues to post his name on the leaderboard with a .370 batting average (8th), a .463 on-base percentage (4th) and a .628 slugging percentage (8th). Today's starting catcher, A.J. Ellis, ranks sixth in on-base percentage (.450) and is tied for the league lead with nine walks. On the mound, Dodger pitchers hold three of the top 10 spots in ERA with Ramon Ortiz (1.23, 2nd), Russ Ortiz (2.40, 6th), and Hiroki Kuroda (2.51, 7th). Chad Billingsley (1.86) and Clayton Kershaw (1.80),Carlos Monasterios (2.08) and Charlie Haeger (2.38) would rank among the league leaders in ERA, but do not have enough innings to qualify for the league leaders. Ramon Ortiz also leads N.L. Cactus League pitchers with 19 strikeouts.