“Not fun to deal with,” the Los Angeles Dodgers ace said, looking glum in the clubhouse Monday after his outing against the A’s.
Kershaw allowed five runs on two hits and three walks during the A’s 7-3 victory. He was unable to get an out in the third inning.
The two-time NL Cy Young Award winner gave up three runs and five hits in two innings last Wednesday in his first start of the spring. He looked strong in his first two innings Monday, retiring the A’s in order, but opened the bottom of the third with back-to-back walks to Daric Barton and Derek Norris.
Sam Fuld and Nick Punto had run-scoring hits, with another walk in between, and Kershaw’s day was done. He struck out two.
The A’s scored all seven runs in the inning and sent 12 batters to the plate. A’s starter A.J. Griffin gave up two runs and four hits in two innings, striking out two.
“First time out, I thought he threw the ball well. I thought his breaking stuff was really good,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said.
Punto, who played for the Dodgers last year, stung his former club with a two-run single off Kershaw.
Punto played third base, shortstop and second base for Los Angeles last season and started at second for Oakland on Monday.
“We got him for a reason and he’s a great fit here,” Melvin said.