The Dodgers are home after a 3-4 road trip against the toughest teams in the National League East. They’ve been struggling to score runs, but the good news is they were facing the lowly Atlanta Braves, who are struggling even more than the Dodgers.
Quick 1-0 lead.
2nd inning Braves 1-0
Three singles, another run. 2-0
3rd inning Braves 2-0
Kenta Maeda settled down – if settling down meant he finally stopped giving up runs.
4th inning Braves 2-0
Maeda was swimming around trouble again with one on and one out. Teheran, the Braves pitcher, attempted a bunt, which he popped up. Maeda ran forward and caught it. He then spun around to double up the runner off first base to end the threat.
Corey Seager solo home run! Dodgers on the board 2-1
5th inning Braves 2-1
Trayce Thompson went BOOM! Solo home run 2-2
6th inning 2-2
Corey Seager – another home run! 3-2
7th inning Dodgers 3-2
Kenta Maeda out. Adam Liberatore in.
Job done. Braves had not hit since the fifth inning.
8th inning Dodgers 3-2
Joe Blanton in for the Dodgers.
Easy street with two Ks.
Corey Seager blasted his THIRD home run of the game! 4-2
Dodgers win! 4-2
Kenta Maeda started out shaky, giving up two quick runs, but settled down and never gave up another through six innings. The bullpen once again combined to keep the opponent scoreless as well. A solid outing tonight from the pitching corps.
The offense was powered by the long ball, courtesy of Corey Seager and Trayce Thompson. Corey was on fire with three solo bombs, and Thompson’s was hit with no one aboard either.
Which leads me to the one caveat in tonight’s victory. Nobody else could get on. The Dodgers have pretty much stopped putting together rallies.
It’s an old refrain, but I’m going to keep saying it because it needs to be shouted from the top of Elysian Park, and it seems no other writers are willing to point out what has been painfully obvious, and stated by LADR for weeks – Justin Turner is HURTING the Dodgers.
That’s right, hurting the Dodgers. He turns the top of the order into the bottom of the order and kills rallies. When there’s nobody on, he doesn’t start rallies. He’s throwing water on the Dodgers’ tiny sparks every time he comes up. The madness has got to stop. I’m not advocating benching him, because his glove has value. But for the sake of all that is Blue – remove him from the top of the order!
On the other hand – Corey Seager!!!!!!!!!!!!
Kenta Maeda (5-3) went 6 1/3 innings with 6 hits, 2 runs, 1 ER, 2 walks, 5 Ks. ERA 2.84
Home runs: Are you kidding me? Corey Threesome Seager! and Trayce Thompson
Team with RISP: 3 for 7 Better.