The game was risky at the end and the Dodgers lost a lot of chances, but they ruled out the Padres and ended the homestand with a 2-0 win.
After neither one nor the other of the two teams did anything in the first Kenta Maeda worked around a single starting at the top of the second. Matt Strahm could not duplicate this because it allowed a simple leadoff Corey Seager. Chris Taylor prevented him from seconding and a Alex Verdugo simple infield put runners on the corners. Verdugo stole the second place and the two riders scored on a Maeda bloop.
After the double of Maeda, the Dodgers charged the bases on a Enrique Hernandez single and Justin Turner HBP (his fourth match in a row, pls stop hitting him). however, Cody Bellinger grounded to prevent the huge round.
Meanwhile, Maeda was rolling on the mound. He eliminated the last two batters in the second run and broke the camp in the third inning, giving him six strikeouts over three innings.
The Dodgers kept the pressure on Strahm at the bottom of the third. Seager scored a single and Taylor followed with a double. After scoring three soft balls in the previous round, the Dodgers' luck turned as Verdugo traded a ball to a tied-field player, with the runners coming in contact, eliminating Seager from third. With the runners always on the corners, Russell Martin popped up to end the round.
Maeda removed a batter for the sixth straight time to start the fourth goal, but the sequence was broken Manny Machado double what Bellinger did badly. Maeda recovered well, getting a record and an eighth of her shots to stop the Padres from playing.
Maeda then followed with a single to start at the bottom of the fourth. The Dodgers could not take him home, a two-man march on Bellinger was the only other offense for the inning.
Fortunately, Maeda continued to shove, as he accumulated two more catches in the fifth inning. Maeda did not beat more than six goals in a match before that start, so this domination was a bit of a surprise. Even more, he had 10 strikeouts on 64 shots in five innings, which seems hard to do.
The Dodgers came back quietly to the bottom of the fifth after another RAP was lost. Maeda only hit one batter on sixth base, but it only took 10 shots to remove the Padres in order.
After a flight, Maeda allowed a single to be at the top of the seventh. He scratched Hunter Renfroe for a great second and was shot at 85 pitches. It was probably useless and a little silly, but Scott Alexander got a pitch to end the inning.
The last line of Maeda was phenomenal. He made 6 2/3 innings and allowed three hits. He eliminated 12 batters, a shy of his career high. This is the first start of Maeda's season, in which he has not beaten the batter and this is his second straight outing, which is nice to see after struggling for two starts.
Alexander stayed in the top of the eighth after the Dodgers failed to score. He had a hard-hitting ground blow to Freese, who threw to Alexander covering all of a sudden and Alexander dropped the ball.
Pedro Baez relieved Alexander and striped Wil Myers, who pinched eighth place for the pitcher. Baez got solid ground in Turner for what should have been a double game, but a wide shot to Enrique's first goal allowed Manuel Margot reach safely. Baez ended the heat with another draw.
The Dodgers threatened to add insurance to eighth, while Martin scored twice. He raised Boy Bobblehead Max Muncy, who flew and Hernandez failed to end the inning.
The ninth belonged to Kenley Jansen, who started his sleeve with the help of the defense. Franmil Reyes hit the ground in the center, Hernandez paused and threw his knees for the first outing. Jansen walked Machado, and with the change Eric Hosmer caressed to reach the base. Jansen had a big shot back, giving Renfroe for the second outing. He then froze Alex Dickerson to finish the game
The Dodgers go to 29-16 years old one year after completing the sweep of the two games of the Padres. They finish a 7-2 family vacation and, after a day off tomorrow, begin a three-game weekend streak in Cincinnati. Rich Hill starts for the Friday Dodgers against Anthony DeSclafani, with his first throw at 4:10 PST.