The Dodgers lost the first of four games against the Pirates, and sent Kenta Maeda to the mound with orders to begin a new winning streak.
Although last night’s game was a loss, the offense did their job in scoring six runs. Among the big questions for tonight:Would the run scoring continue with the “righty” lineup that manager Dave Roberts will use against Jeff Locke, the Pirates’ southpaw pitcher? Will the bullpen recover and keep the Pirates scoreless when Maeda inevitably drops out after five or six innings? Can the Dodgers extend their HR streak to 15 games?
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Scoreless through three. The biggest difference was the Pirates running up the pitch count on Maeda (46 pitches after 3), and the Dodgers going down nine outs in a row, mostly on only two and three pitches.
Andrew McCutchen got a home run to open the scoring. 1-0
Maeda pitch count:65
5th inning Pirates 1-0
15 men up, 15 down. A no-hitter was brewing.
6th inning Pirates 1-0
Scott Van Slyke got the first hit of the night with a double.
A.J. Ellis came up with a monster double high off the right field wall to score SVS and tie the game. 1-1
The third time through the rotation proved troublesome once again for Maeda, as he struggled and gave up hits to two Bucs. Then Andrew Mccutchen did it again – a big blast. This time it was a three-run homer to put the Pirates up 4-1, and drive Maeda from the game.
Joe Blanton came in with no outs. He took forever to get two out, and then he gave up a two-run bomb. 6-1
Dodgers lose 6-1
Kenta Maeda was not the biggest problem for the Dodgers tonight, but he was sure one of them. He went five innings with only giving up one run, but he tired in the sixth, and allowed a rally for the Bucs that ended with him serving up his second home run to Andrew McCutchen. Joe Blanton then continued the bullpens’ skid back into mediocrity, giving up two more runs.
The Dodgers’ offense was completely switched up, as Roberts went for the dreaded “righty” heavy lineup. If the man is going to sit left-handed batters, it would be a better idea to sit the left-handed batter that isn’t hitting, no matter which arm the opposing pitcher uses – Adrian Gonzalez (0 for 4).
The Dodgers are making the Pirates look like the 1927 Yankees. We shall see what Clayton Kershaw has to say about that tomorrow.
Kenta Maeda (L 6-5) went five innings with 4 hits, 4 runs, 2 walks, 4 Ks. ERA 2.91
Doubles: Van Slyke, Ellis, Kendrick, Seager
Men with RISP: 2 for 10 Horrendous