Clayton Kershaw, Charlie Culberson and Joc Pederson show off with crazy first-inning defense
Shutout innings aren't exactly a rarity for the Dodgers when three-time NL Cy Young Award winner and 2014 NL MVP Clayton Kershaw is on the hill. Heck, it's not even uncommon that Kershaw and the Dodgers sit opposing batters down 1-2-3.
But not all scoreless frames are built the same, as Charlie Blackmon and the Rockies discovered on Sunday afternoon. The Rockies were hosting the Dodgers in Cactus League play when Blackmon led off the bottom of the first inning with a single, nothing to scoff at considering that the hit came off of Kershaw. The problem, though, is that Kershaw promptly caught Blackmon loitering off first base:
Next up was Ryan Raburn, who lined a hard ground ball into left fie-- nope, Charlie Culberson will have that, thank you very much. Culberson was manning the hot corner and snatched up Raburn's would-be single, scrambled to his feet and fired to first where Cody Bellinger scooped the thing out from Middle Earth, basically:
If you're thinking to yourself, "Man, that was an impressive first two outs to this half-inning of baseball. The law of averages would suggest that something really ordinary is about to happen," then prepare to eat your words because -- after a Nolan Arenado single -- Joc Pederson went full-extension to rob Carlos Gonzalez of a hit:
How many amazing plays does it take the Dodgers to retire three batters in the first inning?
One ... two ... three. Three.