The Dodgers rebounded nicely after their frustrating 4-1 loss to the Padres on Tuesday night to beat the Friars 4-2 in the third game of the series on Wednesday night. Kenta Maeda turned in another solid performance with his fourth consecutive start with nine strikeouts. The Dodger bats took advantage of some sloppy San Diego defense with three runs in the top of the third, (one was unearned) and then added another run in the top of the eighth for insurance. It was an all around good night for the Dodgers as Arizona lost and we found out that Ross Stripling will be replacing Miles Mikolas on the National League all-star team and Max Muncy will be participating in the home run derby. The Dodgers won their 50th game of the season.
But getting back to Maeda, because he was outstanding, improving his record to 6-5 on the season. Maeda tossed 5.2 innings allowing just one earned run on four hits with nine strikeouts. The Japanese right hander walked just one and made 92 pitches. Maeda’s only problems came from the first two batters of the game who reached base in the bottom of the first. Travis Jankowski singled and then scored on a double from Carlos Asuaje to give the Pads a 1-0 lead and tick the heck off out of me. You know how much I hate first inning deficits.
Dodgers 4 10 0
Padres 2 5 2
That would be all the Padres would get off of Maeda. He would allow just two more hits and three base runners over the next 5.2 innings. The Dodgers plated three runs off of opposing starter Joey Lucchesi in the top of the third. In that third inning Enrique Hernandez’s one-out slicing double inside the right field foul line got the rally started. After Justin Turner struck out, Matt Kemp sliced a ground ball single into left to score Hernandez and tie the score. Max Muncy’s single sent Kemp to third and Logan Forsythe’s chopper to second was botched by Asuaje to give the Dodgers a 2-1 lead. After the botched force play, Freddy Galvis’s errant throw on Cody Bellinger’s grounder to short scored Muncy to put the Dodgers up 3-1.
The Dodgers added an additional run in the top of the seventh. After a Yasmani Grandal double play erased two walks, Chase Utley doubled and scored on a Chris Taylor RBI single. The Dodgers were leading 4-2. The Padres had cut the lead to 3-2 in the bottom of the seventh when Christian Villanueva smashed a solo home run off of Daniel Hudson.
New Dodger Dylan Floro pitched a scoreless eighth inning and passed the baton to Kenley Jansen who pitched around a lead-off walk to record his 25th save of the season. The Dodgers had 10 hits and were 3 for 9 with runners in scoring position. The boys in blue left ten men on base. Kemp, Muncy, and Bellinger each had two hits in the win. Dodger pitchers struck out 12 Padres, while the Dodger hitters whiffed just five times. The Dodgers wrap up the series on Thursday night before they head back home for the final three games before the all-star break. National League all-star Ross Stripling will counter Tyson Ross in the series finale.