It was the last game before the All-Star break, and Kenta Maeda was trying to bounce back from his last outing, which was one of his worst of the year. The Dodgers were up 2 games to 1 in a four-game series against the Padres, and it was a glorious Sunday afternoon at Chavez Ravine.
In addition to all of that, Scott was at the game, bringing LADR good luck to the boys. Here’s how the game went.
Howie Kendrick led off the first Dodgers’ ups of the day with a double into left field.
Corey Seager followed that up with a single that brought Kendrick home with the first run. 1-0
2nd inning Dodgers 1-0
Maeda gave up one hit, but that was it. He had 4 Ks through 2 innings.
Howie Kendrick’s single knocked in Scott Van Slyke to make it 2-0
6th inning Dodgers 3-1
Maeda struck out the side. Through six innings Maeda had 12 Ks, but he was starting to look like the LA afternoon sun was taking its toll on him while striking out the last Padre of the inning.
7th inning Dodgers 2-0
Maeda to the mound! It had been so long since a Dodgers starting pitcher had pitched in the seventh, a well-deserved ovation accompanied Maeda to the bump.
After seven, Maeda’s line was 2 hits, 1 run, 0 walks, 13 Ks and 96 pitches.
8th inning Dodgers 3-1
Joe Blanton in.
1,2,3 – Job done.
Dodgers win! 3-1
Today’s win featured plenty of personal and team bright spots.
Maeda’s breaking ball was working extremely well today. It was fooling batters so much, that Maeda piled up far more swings and misses than foul balls. Maeda struck out two batters in four of the first five innings, one in the remaining inning, and punched out the side in the sixth. No starting pitcher had completed the seventh inning since Clayton Kershaw, on May 20.
Kenta’s 13 strike outs are a career high for him. His previous high was 10.
The Dodgers end the first half leading the majors with 862 strike outs.
Howie Kendrick excelled in the lead off spot today. He had three hits, including a a double. He crossed the plate with the Dodgers’ first run of the day, and knocked in the second.
Adrian Gonzalez gave the home crowd a thrill with his first home run since June 11, and his first at home since May 14.
The Dodgers go into the break 11 games over .500, at 51-40
Scott’s good luck mojo helped bring a win!
Kenta Maeda (W 8-6) went 7 innings with 2 hits, 1 run, 0 walks, 13 Ks, 1 HR. ERA 2.95
Doubles: Howie Kendrick
Home run: Adrian Gonzalez
Team with RISP: 2 for 8