In his fourth start in Cactus League play Kershaw walked one and allowed a pair of doubles, but stranded them all, just as he has in each of his spring outings.
“Today was actually as good as he’s thrown the baseball,” manager Dave Roberts said. “That’s by far the best he’s thrown his slider.”
The second double off Kershaw came with two outs in the fourth inning but that’s when the hook came, with Kershaw at 65 pitches five days after needing 30 pitches to get through his final frame against the Angels.
“I thought that was enough work for him,” Roberts said.
Kershaw this spring has allowed six hit and four walks in his 9⅔ scoreless innings, with 11 strikeouts.
Kershaw also got to bat in the second inning, the first plate appearance by a Dodgers pitcher this spring. He drew the count full before ending the seven-pitch at-bat with a fly out to center field.
The Dodgers have their first of two off days during spring camp on Tuesday, and will return to action on Wednesday with a night game against the Rockies at Camelback Ranch. Ross Stripling starts that game, with Alex Wood pitching in a minor league game earlier in the day. Yasmani Grandal will catch Wood in that 1 p.m. minor league game against the White Sox.
Corey Seager is expected to play seven innings of shortstop on Wednesday, which will either come against the Rockies or in a minor league game. Jon Gray starts on the mound for Colorado.