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Dodgers try to keep adding zeroes

Los Angeles Dodgers v Arizona Diamondbacks Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

The Dodgers will try to follow their tremendous opening act in Monterrey with the middle game against the Padres on Saturday night.

Dodgers pitchers haven’t allowed a hit in their last 12 innings, dating back to Thursday afternoon in Phoenix. Opposing batters are 0-for-37 during that stretch with 14 strikeouts, five walks and a hit by pitch.

Kenta Maeda is entrusted with extending that streak on Saturday, and also trying to get back on track after allowing four or more runs in three of his last four starts.

Right-handers this season in the early going are hitting .264/.344/.453 with four doubles and two home runs against Maeda. We are only talking 61 plate appearances so take this with a heaping of salt, but last season righties hit .214/.258/.389 against him.

Bryan Mitchell starts for the Padres, carrying his 6.07 ERA, 6.41 FIP and an MLB-high 23 walks in his 29⅔ innings this season. Mitchell also has 14 strikeouts, and his K-BB% of -6.4% is the worst among the 143 major league pitchers with at least 20 innings this season.

He has one quality start in six outings in 2018, and it came against the Dodgers on April 17, allowing three runs in six innings in a no-decision at Petco Park.

The Padres, in their 50th year of existence, have never pitched a no-hitter, but Friday night was the 10th no-hitter thrown against them. It was the first since Tim Lincecum turned the trick for San Francisco on June 25, 2014.

Game info

Time: 4:10 p.m. PT

TV: SportsNet LA, FS1 (no blackouts)