Tonight brought the rubber match between the Dodgers and Rockies. In game one the Dodgers were one hit, and they won game two on the strength of two hits.
Manager Dave Roberts rested Chase Utley and Corey Seager, two of the hottest Dodger bats, and just as Scott predicted, he fielded the B-Squad to back up Kenta Maeda on the mound.
Here’s how the new lineup responded:
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Kenta Maeda struck out the side.
Six up, six down for Maeda.
Maeda got the first eight Rockies out in a row before the a bloop single broke his streak.
Kenta Maeda with 7 Ks over four innings.
In their best chance of the night, the Dodgers had bases loaded with one out. Enrique Hernandez struck out and left the bases still loaded, with two out, for Justin Turner. He hit a weak infield grounder, and the threat was over.
Still scoreless. Maeda at nine Ks, a season high.
They finally broke through to score the first run of the game, and that drove Maeda out.
Adam Liberatore in. Job done.
Zilch (Goose eggs in the eighth as well.)
9th inning Rockies 1-0
Howie Kendrick: 3u
Chase Utley: 3-1
Corey Seager: F8
Dodgers lose 1-0
Kenta Maeda picked up a loss that has no business on his W-L record. Maeda was strong tonight. He retired eight straight before giving up a base hit. He also struck out a season-high nine batters.
Unfortunately, he went out in the seventh, losing 1-0. Had the Dodgers got one measly single with the bases loaded in the fifth, he could have been leading 2 or 3 to 1.
But that didn’t happen, because for the third night in a row, the Dodgers’ offense was sleepwalking. They won last night, but that was because of two home runs that happened in the first and last innings of the game. In between, the Dodgers’ bats were just as they’ve been all the rest of the innings in the series – weak and unresponsive.
There is just no way to put a positive spin on a team that doesn’t put together rallies, and doesn’t hit enough long balls to justify the former point. Something is going to have to give – and soon.
Red Albatross watch: JT batted second, and he went 0 for 4, with 1K. Turner had a major opportunity when he came up in the fifth inning with bases loaded. He struck out swinging at ball four.
On the bright side: Pedro Baez did not give up a home run tonight.
Kenta Maeda (3-4) went 6 2/3 innings with 5 hits, 1 run, 1 W, 9 Ks. ERA 2.70
Team with RISP: 0 for 4