The game became risky in the end and the Dodgers lost many opportunities, but closed the Padres and ended the stay at home with a 2-0 victory.
After neither team did anything in the first, Kenta Maeda He worked around a single output at the top of the second. Matt Strahm he could not replicate that, since he allowed a single inside the box to Corey Seager. Chris Taylor hit him to second and a Alex Verdugo In the picture we only put runners in the corners. Verdugo stole the second, and both runners scored on a single from Maeda.
After Maeda's single, the Dodgers loaded the bases in a Enrique hernandez single and Justin turner HBP (being his fourth consecutive game, pls stop hitting him). But nevertheless, Cody Bellinger Landed to avoid the grand entrance.
Meanwhile, Maeda was rolling on the mound. He struck out the last two batters in the second inning and struck out in the third, giving him six strikeouts in three innings.
The Dodgers kept the pressure on Strahm in the bottom of the third. Seager pushed a one-out single and Taylor followed with a double. After scoring a run in three softballs in the previous inning, the Dodgers' luck was turned when Verdugo singed a ball just in a tie on the infielder with the runners in contact, eliminating Seager from the third. With runners still in the corners, Russell Martin appeared to finish the entrance.
Maeda struck out a sixth-hitter to start the fourth, but the streak went off. Manny Machado Double that Bellinger played badly enough. Maeda recovered very well, getting a great challenge and her eighth punch in the game to keep the Padres off the board.
Maeda followed with a single to begin the end of the quarter. The Dodgers could not take him home, since a Bellinger walk of two outs was the only other offense for the inning.
Fortunately, Maeda continued pushing, while accumulating two more strikeouts in the fifth inning. Maeda had not struck more than six in a game before this start, so this dominance was a bit surprising. Moreover, he had 10 strikeouts in 64 pitches in five innings, which seems difficult to do.
The Dodgers fell silent again at the bottom of the fifth after another HBP was wasted. Maeda only struck out one batter in the sixth, but it only took 10 pitches to get the Padres out in order.
After a flight out, Maeda allowed a single in the top of the seventh. He struck out Hunter renfroe for a great second out and was thrown in 85 pitches. It was probably unnecessary and a bit silly, but Scott Alexander he got a piece of land to finish the entrance.
The final line of Maeda was phenomenal. He made 6 2/3 innings and allowed three hits. He struck out 12 batters, one shy in his career. It was the first start of Maeda's season in which he did not walk with a batter and it's his second consecutive dominant start, which is good to see after he fought for a couple of starts.
Alexander remained on the top of the eighth after the Dodgers failed to score. He got a hard hit to Freese, who threw Alexander covering first and Alexander dropped the ball.
Pedro baez relieved Alexander and struck out Wil Myers, who pinch hit in the eighth place for the pitcher. Báez gave Turner a hard kick for what should have been a double game, but a great shot to the first by Enrique was allowed Manuel margot to arrive safely. Baez finished the entrance with another punch.
The Dodgers threatened to add insurance in the eighth, while Martin lined up a one-out double. He grew up bobblehead boy Max muncy, who flew and Hernandez went ashore to finish the entrance.
The ninth belonged to Kenley Jansen, who started his entry with some help from the defense. Franmil Reyes He hit a boulder in the middle, but Hernandez made a diving stop and threw himself on his knees for the first time. Jansen walked to Machado, and with the change in Eric Hosmer Bunting to get to the base. Jansen got a great punch, getting Renfroe for the second out. Then he froze Alex Dickerson To finish the game.
The Dodgers move to 29-16 in the year after completing the sweep of two Padres de los Padres. They finish a 7-2 home stay, and after a day off tomorrow, they start a series of three weekend games in Cincinnati. Rich hill starts for the Dodgers on Friday against Anthony DeSclafani, with the first release at 4:10 PST.