Kenta Maeda was shown in last night’s telecast sitting in the Dodgers dugout with baseball in hand. It looked like he was working on his pitching technique. He slowly moved his arm forward at the elbow and put a finishing wrist-twist on his simulated pitch. What he didn’t know at the time, was his mental homework would pay off, but his quality pitching would be overshadowed by the mighty Yasiel Puig.
The Giants pounced on Maeda quickly. They scored one and stubbornly left the inning with two men on.
Things might have been very different, if Carlos Ruiz could have handled Yasiel Puig‘s incredible – and perfect- throw to the plate from right field. *sigh* 0-1
Howie Kendrick and Corey Seager quickly got on with one out, for Adrian Gonzalez.
Butter and eggs, baby! Base hit to score Seager and tie the game. 1-1
With 2 on, up came Yasiel Puig.
A three-run blast to right-center field! 4-1
Maeda knocked in the final run of the inning to make it 5-1.
2nd inning 5-1
With two out, Maeda gave up a solo home run to some guy who was in Frisco’s minor leagues just a few days ago. 5-2
They came out threatening once again, particularly Corey Seager, who almost took Moore’s head off with a blazing line drive right back at him. Soon the boys had men on the corners and nobody out.
Justin Turner ripped an RBI fly ball to centerfield. 6-2
3rd inning 6-2
Maeda held The Giants scoreless.
The Dodgers came out continuing the hit parade, while the Giants continued their infield hijinks with missed balls and poor infield throws.
Two more Dodger runs scored on Howie Kendrick’s flyball double over Hunter Pence‘s outstretched arm. 8-2
4th inning 8-2
With two out and men on, the Giants looked like they might just put something together with a long fly ball to right field. When it left the bat, it looked like the kind of hit that goes off the wall for a double. Puig, running full speed toward the wall, reached up and made a magnificent over-the-shoulder catch to end the inning.
6th inning 9-2
Julio Urias in for Maeda.
He gave up a couple of big hits for a run. 9-3
After Urias, the bullpen went into roulette mode, and held the Giants scoreless for the rest of the night.
Dodgers Win! 9-2
After the rhubarb with Madison Bumgarner the other night, Yasiel Puig had some fun with t-shirts that read #DontLookAtMe. He even autographed one and sent it to Bumgarner. On the shirt, he wrote “I Like You!” in big, bold letters. Clearly Puig also likes extracting a hunk of flesh with his letting-bygones-be-bygones. The Wild Horse was all over the field, making spectacular plays on both sides of the ball tonight. It was a real joy to see what Puig can do when he gets in a groove, and his Dodger Blue powers are unleashed.
Dodgers with a six-game lead over the second place (and fading) Giants.
Magic number: Cinco!
Kenta Maeda (W 16-9) went five innings with 3 hits, 2 runs, 1 HR, 2 walks, 6 Ks. ERA 3.20
Home Run: Yasiel Puig
Team with RISP: 5 for 14. To think, they could have scored a ton more.