When the season began who knew Kenta Maeda would be the workhorse of the Dodgers rotation? Maeda took the mound today for the 27th time, seeking his 15th win, after winning 7 of his last 8 starts.
On top of all that, who knew it would take this long for Captain Clutch, Andre Ethier, to make his first start? It happened today.
Just as in yesterday’s match, both starting pitchers kept the game scoreless through the first three innings.
24-year-old Marlins pitcher Jose Urena was perfect through four.
They rallied with 4 hits and scored two. 0-2
2 hits + 2 errors = 1 more Marlins run.
The Dodgers only had 3 hits to this point, and none since the seventh. They collected one more hit, and that was the extent of their highlights for the day.
Dodgers lose 0-3
Despite the loss, the Dodgers’ pitchers were not bad today. If not good enough for the win, they sure kept the team within striking distance. Maeda kept the fish scoreless until the fourth, and it took two errors for them to get their third run in the sixth. We can’t lay this loss on the pitchers.
I will, however, tell you the two places where I’m going to lay this loss.
- The continued starting of Josh Reddick over Andrew Toles. Reddick has been getting the lion’s share of starts over Toles all September. So far he has a grand total of two RBIs to show for it. He went 1 for 4 today. Toles hits for power, he has speed on the basepaths, and he energizes and excites the team. Reddick does none of these things. Honorable mention: Batting Reddick second.
- Do you remember how lackluster and unfocused the team was the day after the A.J. Ellis trade? That’s what this game reminded me of. Can you think of anything that happened yesterday that might have seriously affected the team’s mojo?
The offense simply could not get going. They allowed a 24-year-old to throw a perfect game through 5 innings and only had three hits after eight. That was, to coin a phrase from Scott, pathetic.
Kenta Maeda (L 14-9) went 6 innings with 8 hits, 3 runs, 1 walk, 3 Ks. ERA 3.28
Team with RISP: 0 for 2