Kenta Maeda is becoming “one of those” Dodger pitchers. When he pitches, people are starting to wonder which Maeda will show up – the awesome one, or the dreadful one?
Now that I think about it, the Dodgers overall, are “one of those” teams.
Here’s what happened today in the crazy universe that the Dodgers occupy.
For the first four innings, Maeda was effective, and he held the Padres scoreless. He was also efficient, spreading five strike outs over 53 pitches.
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Joc Pederson fouled off a ball which bounced upward into the plate umpire’s groin. He crumpled to the ground and eventually left the game. The game was delayed about 15 minutes.
Dodger-killer Melvin Upton Jr. was driven in from third to score the first run of the game. Padres 1-0
Maeda walked the bases loaded with two out.
Then, the killshot –
A pop up to right field that dropped right in front of a diving Yasiel Puig. It scored three.
6th inning Padres 4-0
Enrique Hernandez lead off walk.
Chase Utley base hit.
Corey Seager, with a base hit to right, scored Kiké. 4-1
Wild pitch! Utley scored from third. 4-2
Adrian Gonzalez came through with a base hit to score Seager. 4-3
Justin Turner upper-deck home run to tie the game.
8th inning Tie score 4-4
Howie Kendrick blasted his first home run of the season to put the Boys in Blue ahead! 5-4
Louis Coleman in.
With two out, the skipper went to Kenley Jansen for the four out save, and redemption against Upton Jr.
No redemption today. Upton tagged Jansen again, this time for a triple and to tie the game. 5-5
9th inning Tie score 5-5
Base hit Puig.
Puig took second on a wild pitch.
Ellis bunted to third (as he should), but Puig was confused and stayed at second.
Nothing followed, except…
Everyone has been used. J.P. Howell even had to bat for himself. He looked like a guy who hasn’t batted in five years.
14th inning Tie score 5-5
Lead off base hit for Joc Pederson.
Solid base hit by Puig, and Joc went from first to third.
After a walk to load the bases, it was Carl Crawford up with bases loaded and nobody out. He hit a harmless infield grounder for a double play. nobody scored.
Utley out and that was all.
15th inning Tie score 5-5
Clayton Kershaw brought in to pinch-hit bunt. A few laughs and nothing more.
Ross Stripling in to pitch. His first time out of the bullpen.
17th inning Tie score 5-5
Howie with a ground rule double. This set up what happened back in the 15th. They walked AGone to face the pitcher. Up came Stripling.
He slash hit and got the job done to move everyone up. The Padres walked Joc Pederson to load the bases for Puig.
Puig came through with a base hit! Score two Dodger runs! 7-5
Passed ball! 8-5 And Puig went from first to third.
Crawford beat out his double play ball, so Yasiel brought in the fourth run of the inning. 9-5
By the way, all of this occurred with the Padres unlucky pitcher hovering around 80-90 pitches.
Ross Stripling with a four run lead
At the 5 hour 45 minute mark, the game had to be stopped because the outfield sprinklers turned on.
Finally, after 17 innings, game over, at 5 hours, 47 minutes.
Dodgers win! 9-5
No further comment. Let’s all just go on with our lives. Whew!
Kenta Maeda went 5 innings with 4 hits, 4 runs, 1 walk, 5 Ks. ERA 3.29
Home runs: Kendrick, Turner