After a three-game losing streak, including dropping the first game of the series against the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Dodgers were asking themselves, can Maeda-san be a stopper san? The answer was yes, in more ways than one.
We’ll pick things up in the third, with the Dodgers down by one.
3rd inning Dbacks 1-0
Maeda in a little trouble. Men on first and second with one out.
Paul Goldshmidt blew an RBI single right up the middle. 2-0
4th inning Dbacks 2-0
Went down 1,2,3.
Dbacks pitcher Bradley had 6 Ks, 11 retired in a row, and no hits at that point.
1.2,3 for Maeda.
5th inning Dbacks 2-0
Joc Pederson said “No mas” to the no-hitter. Solo home run. 2-1
Yasmani Grandal got a four-pitch walk, and took second on a WP.
Chase Utley came through with a base hit to drive in two and take the lead 3-2
Little squibber to Maeda, he forced the throw to first, bouncing the ball to right field, allowing the tying run to score from second. 3-3
6th inning 3-3
Justin Turner blasted a solo home run, giving the lead back to the Dodgers. 4-3
Joc Pederson hit his second homer of the night! 5-3, Dodgers!
Kenta Maeda took a Paul Goldschmidt-batted ball off his knee, tossed the ball to first, and crumpled to the ground in pain. He could not continue, and scarier, he couldn’t even walk off the field.
J.P. Howell replaced him.
Then Louis Coleman, who gave up a two out RBI single 5-4.
7th inning Dodgers 5-4
Howie Kendrick with a lead off double.
Chase Utley let fly with a two-run home run. 7-4.
Casey Fien in for the Dodgers.
Whatacatch by Joc Pederson leaping up at the CF wall for the third out!
8th inning Dodgers 7-4
New Dodger Will Venable came up to PH with two out. Weak 4-3. Any guesses why Philadelphia dumped him?
Dodgers win! 7-4
The Dodgers were no-hit through the first four innings, and then the wheels came off for the Dbacks. The boys in blue scored three in the fifth, and got a two-home run night from Joc Pederson.
Kenta Maeda pitched decently, but the real problem came with that ball he took off his shin. Later reports said Maeda had a contusion, and was negative for broken bones. Whew! Even money he makes his next start.
Adrian Gonzalez collected a Golden Sombrero, but the good news was the rest of the offense picked up the slack, hitting four home runs on the night.
More good news came from the pitching side of the team, as Kenley looked like Kenley once again, striking out the side with authority.
Maybe it was the mojo from Kike’s freshly shaved head.
Early game tomorrow – 12:40 p.m. Pacific time.
Kenta Maeda (W 6-4) went 5 1/3 innings with 6 hits, 3 runs, 2 ER, 1 walk, 6 Ks. ERA 2.75
Double: Howie Kendrick
Home runs: Pederson (2), Turner, Utley