Final score: 7-6, Angels
The Los Angeles Dodgers started their freeway series with the Los Angeles Angels last night. Kenta Maeda got the start for the Dodgers against Angels pitcher Matt Shoemaker. Maeda started out very well retiring the first six batters in a row, but in the 3rd inning things got rocky for Maeda. He allowed four runs and only lasted until the 4th inning before he was pulled from the game.
Chris Hatcher came on in relief and actually pitched very well, going two innings with no runs allowed. Pedro Baez was the pitcher that essentially put the game out of reach for the Dodgers. Through one inning of work he allowed four hits and three runs. That sealed the deal for good despite a great comeback effort by the boys in blue.
Kenta Maeda has been a little rough in his last couple of outings. He did only have one bad inning in last night’s game but it seems like when he is under pressure he loses his poise and that’s when all of the runs come in. Pedro Baez was absolutely terrible last night for no reason. He wasn’t in a stressful situation pitching in the 7th inning. He’s been decent the last couple of outings but last night shows the Dodgers still have trouble in the bullpen.
Trayce Thompson is proving he should be starting every game. He is on fire of late and should be the starting left fielder anytime soon. His defense is getting better and his bat is the hottest. In order to continue his success, he will need to keep up his momentum which is why making him a starter makes so much sense for the Dodgers, plus, he deserves it.
The Dodgers will continue the series with the Angels today at Dodgers Stadium. Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw will be up against Angels’ Jered Weaver to try and even up the series.
Carl Crawford 1 (5)
Kenta Maeda 1 (2)
Trayce Thompson 3 (17)
Howie Kendrick 1 (5)
Dodgers Home Runs
Trayce Thompson 2 (6)
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