As much as some of us may have wanted the season to end on the dramatic, division-clinching note from Sunday’s game at Dodger Stadium, there remains a weeks worth of baseball left to play. The Dodgers traveled to San Diego and opened a three-game series against the Padres, with Kenta Maeda taking the mound for game one.
Kenta Maeda had a rough first inning, capped off by a 3-run home run by Padres call-up, Hunter Renfroe.
After that first inning shocker, Maeda settled down and kept the Padres quiet through the 4th inning, with 1,2,3 innings in the 2nd and 4th.
Chase Utley got some back, with a solo homer in the 4th.
Nothing much happened until the…
6th inning 1-3
Chase Utley and Corey Seager opened the inning with back-to-back hits.
Howie Kendrick walked with one out to load the bases.
They proceeded to leave everyone there, with Josh Reddick‘s infield pop-up the perfect closing punctuation mark.
8th inning 1-3
Louis Coleman in and struggling. He couldn’t find the strike zone, and ended up with the bases loaded, and facing Renfroe. The same Renfroe responsible for all the Padres’ runs with that big home run in the first.
He ran the count full, with two deep and scary foul balls.
Fastball, belt high. Grand slam. 1-7
And that was the ballgame.
Dodgers lost 1-7
Chase Utley still earning it: He had a double, two walks, and a home run
How about Howie! Howie spotted Adrian Gonzalez at 1B tonight, when Gonzalez came out with a stiff neck. Howie is the first Dodger ever with 10+ games at 1B, 2B, 3B & LF in one season.
These games may not look like they mean much, but they mean a great deal to the players who are on the bubble and hoping to make the postseason roster.
Speaking of which: Andre Ethier better start hitting-and fast – if he expects to beat Josh Reddick to the playoffs train.
Kenta Maeda (L 16-10) went 4 innings with 3 hits, 1 run, 1 HR, 1 walk, 5 Ks. ERA 3.28
Home run: Chase Utley