As morning broke today, the Dodgers were undefeated on the homestand. They’d been mounting comebacks for wins. Hyun-Jin Ryu was returning and Yasiel Puig had been heating up at the plate.
In addition to all of that, we got the good news that rookie Corey Seager is an All-Star. For the past few days, things have been coming up blue roses in Chavez Ravine.
Would Kenta Maeda be able to keep the good times rolling?
Spoiler alert: Our optimism and good cheer was hit by a Mac(hado) truck.
Maeda in trouble already. With a man on second, Manny Machado hammered one…
Corey Seager kept his hitting streak alive with a double.
Adrian Gonzalez singled him home. 1-0
2nd inning Dodgers 1-0
Orioles rallied to tie the game 1-1
But there was also this…
4th inning 1-1
Both teams have been quiet since their single runs, but the Orioles threatened almost every inning (6 hits and 4 left on base through the four innings).
5th inning 1-1
Maeda was struggling,with two on and no out. He was at just under 90 pitches.
Manny Machado came up and deposited a hanging curveball high into the left-field pavilion for a 3-run bomb. 4-1
Maeda out. Pedro Baez in. Job done.
6th inning Orioles 4-1
Baez out. Louis Coleman in. Job done.
Not getting the job done.
7th inning Orioles 4-1
Luis Avilan in. 1,2,3 inning.
Spinning their wheels. The skipper even tried Will Venable as a PH. As if that would do anything beyond lighting up the jokesters on Twitter.
8th inning Orioles 4-1
Chris Hatcher in. Clearly, Roberts had given up hope for this one.
Lead off batter got a single. Wild pitched to second. Botched pick-off play by Hatcher advanced him to third.
That man never scored, but Hatcher certainly made things suspenseful for the rest of the inning. He even hit a batter just to round things out.
9th inning Orioles 4-1
Hatcher stayed in for another inning of yucks.
1,2,3 inning. Suddenly Hatcher can pitch. Sheesh.
Puig: K (he barely resisted busting his bat over his knee.)
Justin Turner: F7 (but that went all the way to the wall.)
Howie Kendrick: K
Dodgers lose 4-1
Kenta Maeda did not have a very good night at all. He wasn’t exactly shelled, but he was never really in control. He gave up too many hits, used up too many pitches, was in trouble every inning, and was gone after just four innings.
The Dodgers’ run machine also stalled out tonight. Wunderkind Seager and the Butter and Eggs Man combined to bring in a run in the first, and then everything ground to a halt. There’s just not much else to say about that.
The Giants lost. That means the boys did not capitalize, and remain five games back.
After four straight wins at home, the Dodgers went from all good news to a loss on the night. It wasn’t all gloom and doom, as there were bright spots. Corey Seager made it an 18-game hitting streak, and the bullpen pitched five scoreless innings after Machado’s home run.
In the Fancy that! files: Chris “Forfeit” Hatcher pitched two scoreless innings. Fancy that.
Kenta Maeda (L 7-6) went 4 innings with 7 hits, 4 runs, 3 walks, 5 Ks, 1 HR. ERA 3.07
Team with RISP: 1 for 4 Not gonna cut it.