Mark your calendars Dodger fans, because on July 25, 2017 the Dodgers have won their 70th game of the season. This is the earliest in the season they have ever done this. They did it with a 6-2 win over the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night that included a four run fourth inning that put the Dodgers ahead for good. Kenta Maeda won his ninth of the season and Josh Ravin tossed three scoreless innings of relief for a three inning save. Oh and Chris Taylor continues to rake. He had another multi hit performance going 2 for 4 with two doubles and three runs driven in. The Dodgers beat the Twins in every way possible which even included a rule book challenge from bench coach Bob Geren that resulted in a 33-minute delay in the bottom of the sixth inning.
It wasn’t real pretty to watch, but Maeda gutted his way through five innings. He was in and out of trouble but managed to hold the Minnesota hitters at bay. He breezed through the first two innings before running into problems in the top of the third. There was a walk to Jorge Polanco, a single Jason Castro and a failed bunt strikeout from opposing starter Jose Berrios. After Brian Dozier was called out on strikes, Zack Granite’s single scored Polanco to give the Twins a 1-0 lead. Maeda lost Joe Mauer, but Eduardo Escobar to ground out to end the inning.
Joc’s great catch in the 4th
Twins 2 5 1
Dodgers 6 11 1
Maeda struggled through the fifth inning but was able to persevere through it without surrendering the lead. Escobar’s RBI single brought in the second run for the Twins. Maeda got several great defensive plays behind him that helped.
The Dodgers didn’t do much with the bats until they figured out Berrios in the bottom of the fourth inning. They scored four runs that frame. A single from Cody Bellinger and a double off the wall in center from Joc Pederson got the Dodgers on the board. Then consecutive singles from Chase Utley and Yasiel Puig notched another run to make the score 2-1 Dodgers. After Maeda moves the runners over with a sacrifice bunt, Taylor doubles in both runners on a line drive down the left field line to put the Dodgers up 4-1. The Dodgers were 7 for 13 with runners in scoring position on the night.
With the Dodgers up 4-2, they called to the bullpen and Luis Avilan came in to strike out the side in the top of the sixth. In the bottom of the sixth Trevor Hildenberger hit Joc with a pitch and then got Utley to ground out. This is where the confusion began. With Puig at the plate, the Twins pulled a double-switch bringing in Ryan Pressley to pitch.
Somehow the Twins messed up the double-switch, I’m still not entirely sure how. Dodger’s bench coach Bob Geren who is a stickler for the rules signaled to the umpires to check and call the scorers. There was a long delay and when play resumed the Twins were disoriented and dejected. So the Dodgers took advantage by plating two more runs. Puig singled into left and Joc stopped at third. Logan Forsythe’s single to center to score Joc. Another double from Taylor brought in another run and the Dodgers were up 6-2.
Newly recalled Josh Ravin pitched the final three innings and allowed just a walk and no hits to earn his first save of the season. Maeda, and Hyun-jin Ryu also have three inning saves for the Dodgers this year. Brock Stewart will make a spot start for the Dodgers as they look for another sweep in the series finale. Ervin Santana takes the mound for the Twins. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 PM.
Kenta Maeda Line : 5 IP 5H 2R 1 ER 2BB 4K