The Dodgers rebounded quite nicely after a boring 6-0 shutout loss on Thursday, by turning the favor on the Nationals with a 5-0 shutout win on Friday night. Kenta Maeda turned in an excellent performance tossing six shutout frames and the Dodgers hit three home runs. Two of the home runs were smashed by Joc Pederson and David Freese added a two-run shot of his own in the later innings as the Dodgers got back in the win column. Maeda was the star of the show on Friday. The Japanese hurler allowed just one hit and two walks over six perfect frames while striking out six to earn the win. Left hander Julio Urias picked up a rare three inning save by pitching three scoreless innings of his own.
Nationals 0 4 0
Dodgers 5 9 0
The Dodgers scored one run in the first, fourth, and fifth frames, and added two more in the seventh. Joc Pederson led off the game with a solo home run off of opposing starter Anibal Sanchez. He added another home run in the bottom of the fourth to give the Dodgers a 2-0 lead. In the bottom of the fifth Enrique Hernandez walked, and was erased on a force out from Alex Verdugo before Chris Taylor’s run scoring triple scored Verdugo to give the Dodgers a 3-0 lead. In the bottom of the seventh, Cody Bellinger singled and then scored on a David Freese two-run home run into the right field pavilions to put the Dodgers ahead 5-0.
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The Dodgers never looked back. There was a bit of a scare in the bottom of the eighth, but an incredible diving stop from Max Muncy preserved the shutout. In that frame consecutive singles from former Dodger Brian Dozier, and Wilmer Difo put two on with none out and Urias in hot water. After a pop out to Adrian Sanchez and a line out to left from Adam Eaton, and then Victor Robles was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Anthony Rendon smacked a chopper to third that Muncy speared and dove for the bag at third. Muncy’s glove first slide was just ahead of the sliding Dozier to get the out and get the Dodgers out of the inning. Sweet.
The Dodgers even the series. Saturday’s match-up is one for the ages with Max Scherzer countering Walker Buehler. First pitch is slated for 6:10 PM PST. On a side note, Corey Seager was a last minute scratch from the game with Chris Taylor playing short and Hernandez at second. There was no reason given from the Dodgers, but I am sure we’ll find out soon. Hopefully Seager is ok. Otherwise great win! Happy Friday Dodger fam!