The Dodgers were blanked last night by former Dodger Ricky Nolasco and it was quite embarrassing for all involved. So the Dodgers had to pick themselves up by the boot straps and start a new winning streak against another former Dodger hurler. It would be more difficult tonight with three of their biggest bats out of the lineup. Corey Seager, Yasiel Puig, and Justin Turner were all out of the lineup due to injuries. Seager is a nose hair away from landing on the disabled list, Puig has a sore hamstring and knee, and Turner is banged up as well. I’ve had enough of the stupid hamstring injuries. Please somebody keep Cody Bellinger wrapped up in bubble tape.
Thankfully the Dodgers did alright on Tuesday night in the second game of the Freeway series. Kenta Maeda perhaps pitched the game of his life tossing seven scoreless frames to pick up the win. This was his longest outing of the season since May 10. The Dodger bats finally woke up in the sixth inning putting a 4-spot on the board combining a Bellinger RBI single and a three-run shot from Joc Pederson as the Dodgers beat the Angels 4-0 to even the series.
Angels 0 5 0
Dodgers 4 4 0
Halo’s starter Jessie Chavez another former Dodger pitched just as well as Nolasco did on Monday night. Chavez didn’t allow a hit until the bottom of the fourth inning and tossed 5.1 innings allowing just two earned runs on two hits and struck out five. He also walked four and was removed in the bottom of the sixth. The Dodgers were able to get to the Angel’s normally reliable bullpen.
The Angels had something brewing in the top of the first when Eric Young Jr. singled and appeared to steal second base. The call on the field was out, but it looked via television replays that Young had beat the throw. The Angels chose not to challenge the play and Maeda retired the next two batters.
The Angels had another little rally in the top of the fourth when Young and Yunel Escobar both singled, but a force out, a Luis Valbuena strike out, and an Andrelton Simmons grounder ended that threat. There wasn’t many against Maeda tonight.
The game remained scoreless until the bottom of the sixth. Chase Utley doubled over Young’s head to start the frame. After Forsythe walked, Chris Taylor’s fly out to center advanced Utley to third. With Bellinger due up the Angels called to the bullpen and brought in left hander Jose Alvarez. Bellinger showed his true baseball IQ by slapping an opposite field ground ball single through the hole at short (The Angel’s defense was overshifted) to score Utley and give the Dodgers a 1-0 lead.
After an Austin Barnes ground out, Joc Pederson slammed a three-run home run that just got over the wall and the leaping glove of Eric Young Jr. Mike Trout probably catches that, but he’s hurt and Young is about 5’9 instead of 6’3. Thank god. The Dodgers go up 4-0.
That was about it. Maeda looked incredibly good. He was mixing his off-speed pitches which looked sharp. He was pounding the strike zone and hitting his spots. Maeda threw seven shutout frames allowing just four hits, no walks and striking out six. Honestly this was the best He’s looked all season. The very versatile flame throwing Brandon Morrow took it the rest of the way tossing two scoreless frames and striking out one. Oh and by the way, Morrow’s ERA is 0.00. The series continues tomorrow in Anaheim as Hyun-jin Ryu toes the rubber for the Dodgers. The Angles will give the ball to right hander Alex Meyer.
The Dodgers now improve to 52-27 and could improve to 2.5 games ahead of Arizona in the NL West if the Snakes lose to Philadelphia. The Rockies are currently losing in San Francisco and would be 5.5 back if they don’t rally.
It looks like Seager is going to avoid the disabled list as Dave Roberts reported that he ran some drills and looked almost 100%. The important thing is that Seager feels great and hopefully will be back sooner than we think.
Cody Bellinger watch: The super kid was 1 for 2 with an RBI single, and two walks.
Oh and Kike did this……