The Dodgers (50-40) recorded their 50th win of the season with a 4-3 win on Saturday afternoon over the Padres. The winning run scored on a botched double play take-out slide from Justin Turner. The play was reviewed but ultimately the call stood. Brandon McCarthy pitched well only allowing 3 runs on 3 hits, but as usual was yanked after only 5 innings.
The Dodger bullpen had to come in again and save their bacon, tossing another 4 effective innings to secure the win. The Dodgers lead the series 2-1. Left hander Adam Liberatore has now pitched 24 consecutive scoreless innings which has set a new Dodger record. Who would have thought that the savior of the Dodger’s first half of the season would be the bullpen? What an incredible turnaround.
Dodgers Lineup vs. San Diego
Van Slye LF
Christian Friedric-4-4 vs. Kenta Maeda-7-6
Game Time – 1:10 PM – TV – SNLA
Today in the series and first half finale left hander Christian Friedrich will take on Kenta Maeda. Friedrich is a 29-year old left hander out of Evanston, Illinois. The Rockies drafted him in the first round of the 208 draft. He pitched three non consecutive seasons in Colorado before he was released. The Padres signed him as a free agent this past winter. In 2016 he’s made 10 starts for the Padres, posting a 4-4 record with a 4.42 ERA. He’s struck out 48 and walked 27 across 55 frames. He has a 7.9 strikeout per nine rate and a 1.5 WHIP. He tossed 3.1 innings against the Dodgers back on May 20 allowing two earned runs on six hits and walking three. In 11 career appearances against the Dodges he’s posted a 7.84 ERA.
Friedrich vs. Dodgers
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The Dodgers will give the ball to Kenta Maeda. The Japanese import is making his 18 start and is 7-6 with a 3.07 ERA. Maeda has struck out 94 and walked 31 across 96.2 innings pitched. Maeda has struck out 8.8 per nine but like most Dodger starters doesn’t go deep into games. Maeda has pitched past the sixth inning only once this season. This is his third appearance against San Diego. He’s 1-0 in 2 starts with a no-decision. Maeda has posted a 3.27 ERA against the Padres.
Maeda vs. Padres
Its standard lineup today for the first half finale with Thompson in center field and Scott Van Slyke in left field. Howie Kendrick bats lead-off and plays second base. The Dodgers will resume play on Friday night in Arizona. The home run derby is tomorrow at 5, and the all-star game is Tuesday night. I can’t believe it’s already the all-star break. Time really flies when you’re having fun. Right? Just humor me there guys.
On a side note, I’ll be going to the game today with my girl, so if you’re sitting anywhere near reserved level 55 row F, come say hi. Oscar will have the recap and thanks for following along with us through the entire first half. LADR will continue to provide great Dodger coverage and a place to meet and talk Dodger baseball throughout the break and the second half of the season.