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The Dodger bats rumbled in the fourth inning and connected to hit three home runs in the game. Justin Turner hitting two and Yasmani Grandal adding a two-run bomb as well. The bats had been held hitless through the first three frames by Perdomo until that five run explosion in the fourth.
Padres 4 5 1
Dodgers 6 5 1
I had high hopes for Kenta Maeda during his battle against Luis Perdomo this afternoon. Maeda had posted a 1.23 ERA in his last four starts. Maeda has certainly been pitching well of late. Of course that comes with a usual caveat. He can’t pitch more than five innings or 80 pitches in a start. He came oh so close to breaking through that and giving the Dodgers a quality start. But alas he could not.
Maeda began with a shaky first inning as he allowed a solo home run to Cory Spangenberg. That put the Padres up 1-0 before the seats were warm. The Padres would another in the first on a Wil Myers sacrifice fly and the show Pads were up 2-0. Certainly a throwing error from Turner didn’t help things in that first inning. Our red dreamy third sacker would make up for it and then some with two dingers.
Turner’s three-run shot just cleared the wall in right center field in the bottom of the fourth. Which came after Chris Taylor being hit by a pitch and a single from Corey Seager. Yasmani Grandal would follow with a two-run bomb a few minutes later in the same inning with Cody Bellinger on base (doubled). The Dodgers took a 5-4 lead.
Maeda breezed through the next several innings and retired 14 consecutive Pads at one point. He tossed scoreless innings in the second, third, fourth, and fifth frames. His pitch count was around 65 and it looked like he was on track to pitch into the seventh inning and provide the Dodgers a quality start. And give the bullpen some rest.
But he couldn’t get it done. He allowed a single and then another home run to Spangenberg, (his second of the day) to close the gap to 5-4. Maeda would last only 5.1 innings, allowing four runs (three earned) and striking out 8. Josh Fields would relieve him and record the final two outs of the inning.
Pedro Baez tossed a scoreless frame in the seventh inning, and the Dodgers got another run on Turner’s second shot of the day, (a long drive down the left field line) so the Dodgers took a 6-4 lead. Left hander Luis Avilan came in to pitch the top of the eighth inning. Here’s where things got sketchy.
Manuel Margot (remember him?) doubled to lead-off the inning and the Padres were in business. Spangenberg’s grounder advanced Margot to third with one out. The Dodger infield was forced to play up. Avilan was left in to face Jose Pirela. Score one for Avilan as he struck him out swinging. Then he got Solarte to ground out to Seager and the Dodgers got out of it.
In the top of the ninth, the big man Kenley Jansen came in and pitched a scoreless frame to secure the win and save number 32. He had some help in the field. Taylor made his remarkable diving catch on a Wil Myers sinking liner. Check it out below. What a catch!
The boys in blue now improve to a historically great 83-34, as they continue on pace for 120 wins. The Dodgers will take Monday off before the White Sox come into Dodger Stadium for a two-game series on Tuesday and Wednesday. Remember Yu Darvish makes his Dodger Stadium debut on Wednesday evening. Have a great Sunday everyone!