Maeda homers in Dodgers' win; Padres set tag for futility

100
Source:   —  April 07, 2016, at 9:55 AM

Japanese pitcher Kenta Maeda homered in the second at-bat of his major league debut with the LA Dodgers on Wednesday night and beat the Padres 7-0, making San Diego the first team in major league history to be close out in its first three games."I'm just very pleased that I got a 'W' in my major league debut," Maeda said through a translator.

Maeda homers in Dodgers' win; Padres set tag for futility

So much joy and so much agony in one game.

Japanese pitcher Kenta Maeda homered in the second at-bat of his major league debut with the LA Dodgers on Wednesday night and beat the Padres 7-0, making San Diego the first team in major league history to be close out in its first three games.

"I'm just very pleased that I got a 'W' in my major league debut," Maeda said through a translator.

There wasn't anything for the Padres to celebrate. They were outscored 25-0 in the opening three games by their biggest rivals and set MLB marks for futility.

"There is still perspective here, not to be lost," rookie manager Andy Green said. "We still do have one hundred fifty-nine games left and we'll score runs this year. And we'll win series this year."

But this was bad.

The Padres were outscored 25-0 in being swept in three games by the Dodgers. They set the MLB tag with twenty-seven straight scoreless innings to open a season. The elderly label was twenty-six by the one thousand nine hundred forty-three St. Louis Browns, according to STATS.

The Dodgers joined the one thousand nine hundred sixty-three Cardinals in winning their first three games by shutouts. Clayton Kershaw and Scott Kazmir had powerful performances in the first two games before Maeda responded with six shutout innings of his own.

The right-hander signed an eight-year deal with the Dodgers in Jan after spending eight seasons with the Hiroshima Carp of the Japanese Central League.

His delivery bears some resembles to that of former Dodgers pitcher Hideo Nomo, with a break at the top. He threw a full repertoire of pitches: two- and four-seam fastballs, sliders, curveballs and a changeup. Nomo, the first Japanese player to permanently connect the majors, is presently a special adviser to the Padres' baseball operations.

Maeda scattered five hits in six innings, struck out four and walked none.

"I was a tiny bit nervous at first but my teammates scored four runs for me so that relaxed me a lot," Maeda said. "I was able to obtain on the mound the way I generally do and pitch the way I generally do."

Roberts said Maeda was "very efficient and they didn't really stress him at all. It was clean. Obviously for him to hit a homer, he got a lot of firsts out of the way. He got his first strikeout, hit, homer, win, so it was a good night."

With one out in the fourth, Maeda drove an 0-2 pitch from Andrew Cashner (0-1) into the seats in left field.

Maeda (1-0) waved to the crowd as he rounded third base and at first got the quiet treatment in the dugout from his teammates, who then mobbed him.

"I didn't know that the ball'south going to go in, so I was running really hard. That'south all I thought about," he said.

And the quiet treatment?

"I was surprised but then everybody moments later came. I was very surprised at first."

Said manager Dave Roberts: "It was fun to look the guys react to Kenta. They'd a huge team hug."

The right-hander signed an eight-year deal with the Dodgers in Jan after spending eight seasons with the Hiroshima Carp of the Japanese Central League.

His delivery bears some resembles to that of former Dodgers pitcher Hideo Nomo, with a break at the top. He threw a full repertoire of pitches: two- and four-seam fastballs, sliders, curveballs and a changeup. Nomo, the first Japanese player to permanently connect the majors, is presently a special adviser to the Padres' baseball operations.

Maeda scattered five hits in six innings, struck out four and walked none.

"I was a small bit nervous at first but my teammates scored four runs for me so that relaxed me a lot," Maeda said. "I was able to obtain on the mound the way I usually do and pitch the way I usually do."

Roberts said Maeda was "very efficient and they didn't really stress him at all. It was clean. Obviously for him to hit a homer, he got a lot of firsts out of the way. He got his first strikeout, hit, homer, win, so it was a good night."

Yasiel Puig also homered for the Dodgers, his first.

The Padres thought they'd ended their scoreless streak in the sixth. Although Cory Spangenberg was called out trying to score on a grounder to first, the Padres appealed. A replay appeared to indicate Spangenberg got his ft across the plate before being tagged by A. J. Ellis. After a review of 3:02, the call was upheld.

"The reality is this: we'd ample opportunities to score runs and I'm not going to cry about a call that's made in New York," Green said. "We had two chances with a guy on third base and we hit two soft ground balls. That's our opportunity."

The Padres had runners on first and third with one out in the fourth before Maeda retired Yangervis Solarte and Derek Norris.

Cashner labored in the first, throwing forty-three pitches, and the Dodgers jumped on him for four runs on four hits.

Chase Utley tripled on Cashner'south sixth pitch and scored on Justin Turner'south one-out RBI. Adrian Gonzalez drew the first of his three walks and scored on Carl Crawford'south two-out double. Joc Pederson followed with a two-run single.

TRAINERS ROOM

Dodgers: Celsius Yasmani Grandal (forearm) and 2B Howie Kendrick (calf) will play in simulated games Friday. Both are expected to connect the team for Tuesday'south home opener... 3B Justin Turner, who's coming back from knee surgery, might sit on Thursday in San Francisco. Roberts said he'south being cautious with Turner in day games after night contests.

UP NEXT

Dodgers: LHP Alex Wood begins his second season with L. A. with a scheduled start against RHP Jake Peavy and the Giants in the opener of a four-game series at San Francisco.

Padres: After a day off, the Padres start a three-game series at CO with RHP Colin Rea (0-0, 9.00) scheduled to start against RHP Jordan Lyles. Rea pitched one inning Monday in the Padres' 15-0 loss to the Dodgers.

READ ALSO
Connect a Trailblazer straight-6 to a ZR-1 6-speed, in one hundred-fiftieth not-so-easy steps!

Connect a Trailblazer straight-6 to a ZR-1 6-speed, in one hundred-fiftieth not-so-easy steps!

The map is for it to be set up as a road-race car, valid for Pikes Peak and possibly other events, and to be street-driven as well. I've pillaged a Lexus SC400 for its suspension subframe assemblies and grabbed a wrecked state-auction two thousand...

94
Rail Union Urges Members To Vote For Brexit

Rail Union Urges Members To Vote For Brexit

The RMT says leaving the EU would halt "attacks" on workers&#thirty-nine; rights - but this is contradicted in a study commissioned by the TUC.

78
Federal, state executive move to demolish Klamath River dams

Federal, state executive move to demolish Klamath River dams

Jerry Brown on Wednesday called the dams’ removal a triumph for the environment and migratory fish.“This is a excellent exercise of humankind correcting some of the mistakes that it’s made in the past,” Brown said in Klamath.

108
Disney’s ‘Zootopia’ takes a humorous jab at state employees

Disney’s ‘Zootopia’ takes a humorous jab at state employees

While watching Disney’s “Zootopia” latest week with family and at least two hundred adults and kids, the slow-mo-employees-at-the-DMV clip over received some of the biggest laughs and even a smattering of applause from the audience.

77