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Snow doubt about it for Dodgers, Rockies

Dodgers at Rockies, 1:10 p.m.
Kershaw CCXVI: Kershawppy Mother’s Day!
Joc Pederson, CF
Jimmy Rollins, SS
Howie Kendrick, 2B
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
Alex Guerrero, 3B
Chris Heisey, LF
Kiké Hernandez, RF
A.J. Ellis, C
Clayton Kershaw, P

By Jon Weisman

The sense today is that the Dodgers will get their game in today against the Rockies, despite the snowfall that graced Denver overnight. Efforts to clear the field have been ongoing all morning, and the forecast is promising, if frigid, for the remainder of the day.

The postponement of Saturday’s game was hardly ever in question and was made official two hours before gametime. Ken Gurnick of talked to scheduled starting pitcher about it.

“I haven’t pitched in real cold weather in a long time,” Kershaw told Gurnick. “Probably the last time was my first game with Midland in 2007. Pitched against Brett.”

That would be Brett Anderson, who discussed this during his conference call after signing with the Dodgers, as noted here.

On April 5, 2007, the two faced each other in the Class-A Midwest League debut for each: Anderson with South Bend, Kershaw with visiting Great Lakes. Kershaw walked six in 2 1/3 innings, while Anderson allowed five runs (four unearned) and took a hard-luck loss. But the main thing Anderson remembers is that it was about 28 degrees and snowing.

“We were like, ‘What the hell did we get ourselves into? And a few years later, we were pitching in the big leagues at age 21,” Anderson said.

Anderson, in case you missed it, picked up his first complete game since 2011 by lasting five innings in the Dodgers’ rain-shortened 2-1 victory Friday over Colorado. It echoed the five-inning complete-game victory by Kershaw on June 8 last year.

Anderson also had the first complete game with one strikeout by a Dodger pitcher since Orel Hershiser gave up four solo homers but held San Francisco to a 1-for-27 day on balls in play with 16 groundouts during a 7-4 victory June 28, 1994.

Before Kershaw, the Dodgers hadn’t had a weather-shortened complete game since pitching coach Rick Honeycutt was credited with one on April 27, 1984. Honeycutt retired 18 of the 19 batters he faced in a 1-0 Dodger victory, decided by Steve Yeager’s second-inning home run.

In all, Dodger pitchers have had 12 complete games of less than eight innings since the team moved to Los Angeles. All have been on the road.

The Dodgers return to Colorado in only three weeks, for a three-game series beginning June 1. Saturday’s postponed game will probably be rescheduled as part of a doubleheader that week.


Alex Guerrero gets consecutive starts in left field


Clayton Kershaw notches 1,500th career strikeout


  1. oldbrooklynfan

    What a reversal, we’re having spring like weather in New York while the Dodgers are in winter-like Denver Colorado. It was the exact opposite during spring training.

  2. Ok Jon – I’m wondering if you were perhaps a little bit secretly pleased about the rain-out last night, so that you could use the Mother’s Day related Kershaw title. Not to mention that amazing picture with Clayton and his mum.

    • Jon Weisman

      No, wasn’t planning that far ahead, I’m afraid …

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