After 16 innings last night, the Dodgers and Cardinals went at it again. Kenta Maeda was trying to prove he’s a reliable and effective innings eater, and the Dodgers’ offense was trying to prove they understand the philosophy of the RBI.
We’ll pick things up in the second.
Howie Kendrick kept his hitting streak alive at 15 with a base hit.
Dodgers rally! Kenta Maeda squeeze bunted to score Toles from third. 1-0
RBI single from Corey Seager to score Joc Pederson.
Then Justin Turner blasted a gapper to right-center and scored two more! 4-0
1,2,3 inning. Job done.
4th inning Dodgers 4-0
Six up, six down for Maeda.
5th inning Dodgers 4-0
For the second night in a row, Matt Adams took a Dodgers pitcher out of the park with a solo home run. 4-1
6th inning Dodgers 4-1
Adrian Gonzalez blasted a moon shot half way up the CF meadow! Solo homer. 5-1
Two Dodgers on for Joc Pederson with one out. Joc (finally) got a base hit!
Andrew Toles was stopped halfway to third when the cutoff throw reached Adams at the pitcher’s mound. Adams bobbled the exchange, then bobbled again – and Toles brought home the second run. 7-1
Utley followed with a two out single, and Pederson was sent home, only to be thrown out by a mile. Wrong call on that one. It would have been better to hold up Joc on third with Corey Seager coming up. Just sayin’.
The “third time through the order” bug jumped up and bit Maeda. One run scored. 7-2 Maeda got two out, but couldn’t finish the inning.
Luis Avilan in. Job done.
7th inning Dodgers 7-2
1,2,3 inning gor Avilan.
8th inning Dodgers 7-2
Stripling in. Job done.
9th inning Dodgers 7-2
Stripling in to finish the game out. Job done.
Dodgers Win! 7-2
Maeda was excellent for five innings (or twice through the order) today. He held the Cards to one rune through five. But he clearly ran out of gas in the sixth, giving up a second run, and struggling just to get to two outs.
After blowing smoke last night with RISP, the Dodgers’ bats found their groove today with multiple-run rallies in the third and the sixth.
Don’t look now, Joc: Andrew Toles showing the Dodgers he wants an outfield job, went 3 for 4.
Adrian Gonzalez and Joc Pederson got their grooves back with a home run and a clutch RBI.
Kenta Maeda (W 9-7) went 6 2/3 innings with 5 hits, 2 runs, 1 HR, 0 walks, 3 Ks. ERA 3.25
Home run: Adrian Gonzalez
Team with RISP: 5 for 12 That’s what we’ve been talkin’ about.