Kenta Maeda brought some Japanese-flavored Dodger mojo to the mound at Coors Field tonight, trying to right the Dodgers’ ship after yesterday’s loss. He got us all thinking about something special for a couple of innings, and caused the boys in the broadcast truck to dust off the old videotapes of Hideo Nomo‘s Colorado no-hitter.
He eventually lost the bid to match his fellow countryman’s rainy day feat, but he showed the Dodgers that he’s the real number two starting pitcher in the rotation.
3rd inning Dodgers 3-0
Nine up, nine down for Kenta Maeda.
At this point Kenta Maeda had walked one, but also had a no-hitter going. Dodger Nation was starting to feel something special. That feeling intensified when Enrique Hernandez made a sensational, stretching, tumbling catch to end the inning and keep the no-no alive.
6th inning. Dodgers 4-0
Rockies vs Kenta Maeda
After a first batter strike out, Maeda gave up three consecutive singles to end the no-hitter talk and load the bases.
A pop up and a force play at home ended the threat and preserved the shut out.
7th inning Dodgers 4-0
After one out, Maeda’s night was done.
It was now up to the bullpen to hold a 4-0 lead for three innings. The bullpen crew could give up one run an inning and still save the game.
Joe Blanton on the mound. He quickly tests this theory and gives up two hits and one run. It’s now 4-1.
9th inning Dodgers 4-1
Kenley Jansen in for the Dodgers.
Fly out CF
Easy ground out 4-3
The Dodgers even the series with the Rockies. Game three to come tomorrow afternoon.
Kenta Maeda with 6 innings pitched, 3 hits, 0 runs, 1 walk, 8 K’s ERA 0.36
BTW – Maeda is the first pitcher in MLB history to give up only one run in his first four games (min. 20 inn)
Kenley Jansen starts the season 8 for 8 in saves.
Home Run – A.J. Ellis
Doubles – Utley, Puig