Masterful Maeda dominates Rockies

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Rookie Kenta Maeda kept the Rockies down for his 6.1 innings, allowing only three hits (all coming in the sixth) and no runs, while striking out 8. The Dodgers started off strong again, but the Rockies were unable to come back from the deficit and lost the game with a final score of 4-1.

Maeda held a no-hitter through five innings and got the first batter out of the sixth inning, but the Rockies were able to rally for three straight singles to load the bases. Unfortunately, none of those runners would cross the plate and the rally was cut short with Maeda forcing a pop up from Nolan Arenado and a groundout from Gerrardo Parra. That was the only real threat for the Rockies against Maeda, and really the only hits they strung together for the whole game. They did score a run in next inning with a Ben Paulsen single who was later driven in on a Brandon Barnes double, but it was too little, too late.

The Dodgers were hot starters for the second game in a row, scoring a run in the first inning. Corey Seager singled and Yasiel Puig followed that up with a soft double. With two on and one out, Adrian Gonzalez grounded out and Seager was able to score.

The Dodgers came right back in the second inning and scored two more. Joc Pederson singled and woud score on the AJ Ellis home run, his first of the year. That turned out to be more than enough for Maeda, but the Dodgers would add on more run n the sixth on a Chase Utley double.

Tyler Chatwood had his first unsuccessful start of the season as he failed to control his pithes and just couldn’t finish batters off. It seemed as if every batter he was facing was able to get to a 3-2 count and fight a few pitches off before something would come from the at-bat. Chatwood exited after only four innings pitched. It took 95 pitches to get through those four innings and it was too many for Chatwood. The Rockies bullpen did pitch well again, allowing only one run and four hits through the final five innings. Christian Bergman gave up the one run and three hits, but did eat up two innings. Carlos Estevez, making his major league debut, also pitched two innings without giving up a run or hit. He struck out two and had a very successful major league debut. Justin Mille finished the game with a scoreless ninth.

The game overall wasn’t as bad as it could’ve been despite a Rockies offense not performing and a lackluster performance from the starter. The Rockies offense will have off nights, but more often than not they will produce, especially at home. Getting the kind of pitching they have been getting out of their bullpen of late is a good sign, and with any regularity in starters reaching six or more innings, they can continue to compete.

The Rockies finish the series on Sunday and will look to win the rubber match. Jordan Lyles takes the hill against Alex Wood in the day game and he will look to build off a very effective last start. It is a winnable game pending the Rockies score a few runs, but the most important thing is continuing the good pitching performances.

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