The Dodgers (and Adrian Gonzalez) read the writing on the clubhouse walls – and they must have read the writing here on LADR as well. Gonzalez signed himself onto the disabled list this morning, completing the one for one roster trade-off as Joc Pederson came back to the club after his own stint on the DL. Welcome to the Cody Bellinger Era.
Speaking of not winning them all, the Dodgers opened a weekend series against their southern rivals, the San Diego Padres, with Kenta Maeda on the mound. Here’s how the game unfolded.
It actually stayed folded pretty tightly the first three innings, as neither team generated much offense, despite San Diego’s Chacin being vulnerable to the walk. Then the fourth inning rolled around, and the man taking the place of the File Cabinet, Cody Bellinger, led off the inning with a blast deep into the San Diego night. The Dodgers were now up 1-0.
The Padres struck back in the fourth themselves. Despite Maeda having 7 strikeouts through four innings, he gave up a lead off double, a walk and a single to give the Padres the tying run. Later in the inning a throwing error by Bellinger allowed a Padre runner to advance to third with one out. He was then sac flied home. The inning ended on a wonderful running catch by Yasiel Puig in right-center field, but the damage was done. The Padres took the lead 2-1.
Maeda was done in the middle of the sixth and then things got very dicey. Luis Avilan and Sergio Romo combined to load the bases with only one out, but Romo threw the pitch of the night to strike out Renfroe for the second out. On the next batter, Justin Turner made a diving catch of a low line drive to strand all the runners and get the Dodgers out of the jam.
After starter Chase Utley wasted everyone’s time with more useless at bats, the Dodgers allowed Chris Taylor to play, and he immediately belted out a base hit to lead off the seventh. Franklin Gutierrez then got a pinch hit single. Up came Andrew Toles and out flew the ball on a gapper to CF. Both runners scored and the Dodgers retook the lead 3-2.
With two outs in the eighth, Yasiel Puig got on with a little infield dribbler. He stole second and took third when the Padres’ errant throw to get him ended up in short CF. Chris Taylor (The Utley Alternative) than came up and promptly knocked Puig in for a big insurance run. The Dodgers were up 4-2.
The Dodgers weren’t done, however, and they kept on hitting in the ninth. Corey Seager and Justin Turner combined base hits to become runners on the corners with one out. Yasmani Grandal knocked out an infield single to score Seager. Cody Bellinger decided he’d had enough of this itty-bitty singles business, and he juked a bomb high and deep into center field to clear the bases. The Dodgers stood atop the Padres 8-2, and took the first game of the series.
How do you say “Whiff” in Japanese? At one point Maeda struck out six batters in a row.
Deuces are Wild: For the second time Cody Bellinger hit two home runs.
Kenta Maeda went 5 innings with 3 hits, 2 runs, 1 ER, 3 walks, and 8 Ks. ERA 5.81