The past two days in Colorado have been miserable for the Dodgers. After being pounded by the Rockies’ bats, the Dodgers needed a big outing from starter Kenta Maeda. Would he be able to stop the bleeding, and help the Dodgers salvage the road trip with a win?
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They were about to get something going, but got stopped cold. With a man on, Joc Pederson hit what looked like a double down the right field line. An overzealous Rockies fan leaned over the wall and grabbed the live ball, stopping everything. The Dodgers runners were held at second and third. They never scored those runs.
By the end of the third inning, both teams had a batter accidentally plunked on the foot. Both teams also put up some nice plays with the leather to keep things scoreless.
David Dahl hit a two run bomb and the Rockies went up 2-1
5th inning Rockies 2-1
Corey Seager blasted a Coors Field Special to tie the game 2-2.
The Dodgers weren’t done.
With two out, Yasmani Grandal hit a two run triple to put the Dodgers ahead 4-2. Gonzo and JT scored.
6th inning Dodgers 4-2
Kenta Maeda began the inning with 5 Ks and 7 ground outs.
With two out, and a man on first, manager Roberts lifted Maeda for Pedro Baez. Job done.
7th inning Dodgers 4-2
Baez in for three more outs.
With one out, Justin Turner made a fantastic diving stop to his right. He reached across his body and made a backhanded grab. Turner them leapt up and fired across the diamond for the second out.
8th inning Dodgers 4-2
They put together a small threat by getting Howie Kendrick to third, but they couldn’t score him. As things turned out, they didn;t need the extra run.
Dodgers win! 4-2
As Scott mentioned in his pregame article, the Dodgers needed an innings-eater tonight. More than that – they needed someone who would stop the Rockies’ offensive machine. The Dodgers’ unsung and under-appreciated Japanese import, Kenta Maeda stepped right up and got both jobs done. He went 6 2/3 and gave up just two runs.
Awesome leather: The Dodgers got some great defensive plays tonight from Seager, JT and Chase Utley.
The Dodgers’ offense put things together to score 4 runs in the middle innings. Four runs usually aren’t enough to win in wacky Coors Field, but the pitching and the defense came together to hold the Rockies down.
Bullpen Comes through: Baez, Blanton, and Jansen held the Rockies scoreless over the last 3 1/3 innings.
After watching the Dodgers being manhandled for the past two days, this game was a pleasure to watch. That said, the game never quite felt like it was in the bag. The offense couldn’t push any runs across in the bookend innings, so the Dodgers’ lead never felt big enough. However, the pitchers came through, which should be a psychological boost to the club, after the home run shows the Rockies posted in the first two games.
As Bulldog Hershiser said, “The Dodgers got just enough from every department to win.”
Finally, a pitching line that I’m happy to post:
Kenta Maeda (W 10-7) went 6 2/3 innings with 4 hits, 2 runs, 1 HR, 0 walks, 5 K’s. ERA 3.22
Home run: Corey Seager
Team with RISP: 3 for 11