Horrendous pitching from Kenta Maeda and the Dodger bats left hundreds of men on base spelled defeat for the Dodgers in San Diego as they dropped the series finale to the Padres 5-3. Maeda regressed back to being horrible as he allowed five earned runs on eight hits across 3.2 pathetic innings. I have no idea why Maeda has been so unimpressive this season but I’m beginning to worry about him. But let me tell you when you’re unable to get out an entire lineup of the Padre’s backup players then that should signal some worry. The Dodgers lost a game in the standings but on the bright side they’re sending four players to the all-star game and possibly five.
Dodgers 3 9 0
Padres 5 11 0
The Padres scored four runs in the first two frames and the Dodgers were never really in the game. The typical Maeda stinker usually sees him giving up runs within the first or second inning, normally within the first two or three batters of the game. This was no different. The second batter of the game Manuel Margot homered to put the Padres up 1-0 before many had sat down with their pregame snacks and beer.
Ironically we all needed a beer to drown out Maeda’s pitiful pitching as he continued to suck as the game went along. The Padres loaded the bases in the second inning without anyone out. Opposing starter Jhoulys Chacin’s ground ball double play scored a run. Then Jose Pirela doubles in Carlos Asuaje and Margot who homered in the first inning followed Pirela’s double with one of his own to put the Padres ahead 4-0.
Maeda’s crappy pitching went into the fourth inning and fortunately it was his final frame. A Luis Torrens single, a sacrifice bunt and a Pirela RBI single scored the fifth run to put the Dodgers down by a 5-0 deficit.
As for the offense, there wasn’t much to write about. The Dodgers were unable to do much of anything against Chacin as they put hoards of runners on base yet were unable to score. The Dodgers left 12 men on base and were 1 for 12 with runners in scoring position. Chacin tossed five shutout frames allowing just 4 hits but walking 3 and striking out 6.
The Dodgers were able to climb within striking distance later in the game against the San Diego bullpen but it was too little too late. The boys in blue scored twice in the top of the sixth inning when Corey Seager (who had 3 hits in the game) doubled in Yasiel Puig and Logan Forsythe to cut the lead to 5-2. Then in the following frame Yasmani Grandal smashed a solo home run (his eleventh of the year) off of Ryan Buchter to make the score 5-3. That was as close as the Dodgers would get. The Dodgers now drop to 55-29 and have a 2.5 game lead over the dbacks in the NL West.
In case you missed it, the Dodgers will send four players to the all-star game. Clayton Kershaw, Kenley Jansen, Corey Seager, and Cody Bellinger were all named as National League reserves. Justin Turner was named as one of the finalists for the final vote, so it’s possible the Dodgers could have five players on the all-star squad. Unfortunately none of them will be starting.
The Dodgers have a much needed off-day on Monday before they return home to battle the Snakes in a big three-game series. Clayton Kershaw will take the mound in the series opener.