The second game against the Phillies was a battle of the aces, sort of. Philadelphia starter Vincent Velasquez is their bona fide ace. Maeda has become the Dodgers’ default ace. Since Clayton Kershaw went down, Maeda has been the most consistent Dodgers’ starter. He has pitched the deepest into games, and been the most consistent at it. Adding to the games stakes, the Giants had already lost, so a Dodgers win would place them in a tie for first.
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Following a walk, Maeda gave up a two run home run to put the Phillies in front 2-0.
Adrian Gonzalez , still swinging a hot bat, opened with a double down the right-field line.
Joc Pederson brought Gonzo home with a single. 1-2
Howie Kendrick followed that with a blast that bounced off the top of the centerfield wall for a two-run home run. 3-2
Kenta Maeda kept the hit parade going with a double of his own. It was the first of his Dodgers career.
Corey Seager brought Maeda home with a single to RF. 4-2
3rd inning Dodgers 4-2
A second double for Gonzo!
Yasmani Grandal followed with an absolute blast into the CF pavilion. 6-2
4th inning Dodgers 6-2
Maeda at a high pitch count, but kept the Phillies quiet.
Justin Turner smacked one out of the park for two more runs. 8-3
5th inning Dodgers 8-3
Maeda with another scoreless inning. He’ll end his night at 100 pitches.
With Joc Pederson on second, Howie Kendrick punched a double into CF. Score Pederson, 9-3.
6th inning Dodgers 9-3
Jesse Chavez in. 1,2,3 inning.
He stayed in for the seventh. He let a couple of baserunners on, but got out without giving up any runs.
8th inning Dodgers 9-3
Grant Dayton in. Three up, three down, with two strike outs.
9th inning Dodgers 9-3
J.P. Howell in. The second night in a row he got the ball in the ninth.
He gave up a base hit, but closed out the game.
Dodgers win! 9-3
Oh! What a (bobblehead) night: First Howie Kendrick got a bobblehead. Then his two young sons tossed out the first pitch and gave the “It’s time for Dodgers baseball” call to arms. Howie then went on to hit a two run homer and an RBI double.
Kudos for Gonzo: Tonight’s doubles made Gonzalez one of seven active players with 11 or more straight seasons with 20 doubles. He now has 405 career doubles.
Justin Turner joined Corey Seager in the 20 home run club.
Multiple homers again: It was the third straight night the Dodgers hit three or more home runs in one game.
The bullpen also deserves praise as they put up four scoreless innings in support of Maeda.
Almost forgot: Coupled with the Giants’ loss, this Dodgers win puts them in a first place tie. What a season!
Kenta Maeda (W 11-7) went 5 innings with 6 hits, 3 runs, 2 HRs, 2 walks, 4 K’s. ERA 3.31
Home runs: Turner, Grandal, Kendrick
Team with RISP: 3 for 9 Keep on keepin’ on!