Tonight was the first of a three-game series against the big, bad Toronto Blue Jays. It was the Dodgers’ Japanese import, Kenta Maeda against Marcus Stroman and his five different pitches. It was also the first time for Dodgers fans to see Joey Bats and old friend, Russell Martin.
With a man on second and two out, Edwin Encarnacion blistered a screamer down the third base line. Justin Turner took a full dive to his left and speared it. Inning over and no two-out run. It was classic shades of Ron Cey.
Darwin Barney smacked what looked like a lead off double, dumping the ball deep into to the right field corner.
And then Puig happened!
Yasiel let fly with a 250 foot throw that landed right on the money for the tag at second base. It was a beautiful thing.
Kenta Maeda report: No runs, one hit and 5Ks.
Maeda was tagged by Jose Bautista for a two-run homer!
Those two runs were the first that Maeda allowed on the road.
Chase Utley then ripped a single up the middle to bring in CC! Tie game.
7th inning Tie game 2-2
Things got tense when the Blue Jays loaded the bases and then manager Dave Roberts went through three pitchers.
Joe Blanton came on with two out and only needed one pitch to retire the reigning MVP, Josh Donaldson.
8th inning Tie game 2-2
Blanton’s fun was over as he gave up a 3-run bomb. Jays up 5-2.
9th inning Jays 5-2
Yasmani Grandal – walk
Howie Kendrick – Fly out.
Joc Pederson – single. Men on first and second.
Carl Crawford – A double play ball. Force out at second, but the ball was bobbled. Crawford safe at first. 2 out.
Men at the corners.
Chase Utley – Surprise bunt! Perfect placement and everybody safe. Bases loaded.
Corey Seager – Fly out.
Dodgers done 5-2.
Two measly runs were not going to win in Toronto, but then again, perhaps neither was this bullpen.
On the bright side, the boys kept the game close for most of the night.
Maeda pitched well, and great plays from his defense came through time and again.
Finally, the Dodgers did not fade away when they fell behind in the eighth, and battled back to load the bases in the ninth.
Veteran Chase Utley had a good idea with that bunt in the ninth, but the plan failed when Seager’s inexperience led him into a simple fly ball. The kid should learn from that, and execute better if a similar situation should arise.
We’ll do it all again tomorrow.
Kenta Maeda went 6 innings, with 2 hits, 2 runs, 4 walks and 7 K’s. It really was good enough to win. ERA 1.66
Doubles: Pederson, Crawford
Team with RISP: 3 for 6