LOS ANGELES —— With the overall record and lead the Dodgers have right now, there are few games that you can single out as important to the team. But on Saturday, the Dodgers were coming off a disappointing loss and they needed to get right back on their winning ways.
The same thing could be said for their starting pitcher, Kenta Maeda, who did not finish the third inning of last start against the San Diego Padres.
So all Maeda did was have one of his best games his career as he pitched seven scoreless innings and struck out six in the Dodgers 4-0 win on Saturday over the Diamondbacks.
Maeda’s best Dodger starts - minimum 77 Game Score
|2018-05-17||MIA||W 7-0||GS-8 W||8.0||2||0||0||8||96||86||26|
|2016-07-10||SDP||W 3-1||GS-7 W||7.0||2||1||0||13||97||82||23|
|2019-05-15||SDP||W 2-0||GS-7 W||6.2||3||0||0||12||85||80||23|
|2018-06-25||CHC||W 2-1||GS-7 W||7.0||3||0||1||9||84||79||24|
|2018-05-23||COL||W 3-0||GS-7 W||6.2||2||0||4||12||111||78||25|
|2017-08-01||ATL||W 3-2||GS-7 W||7.0||2||0||1||6||94||78||24|
|2019-08-10||ARI||W 4-0||GS-7 W||7.0||3||0||0||6||93||77||23|
Manager Dave Roberts talked about Maeda’s effort and his pitch execution in the clip below.
Dave Roberts talks about Kenta throwing with "conviction" tonight and executing his pitches better in 7 scoreless frames vs. Arizona. #Dodgers pic.twitter.com/jYjJFPy63J— SportsNet LA (@SportsNetLA) August 11, 2019
Maeda also had a successful safety squeeze bunt as he drove in his fourth run of the year with that well-executed bunt.
I know that both Walker Buehler and Hyun-Jin Ryu continued the week of great starting pitching as they both also did not give up any runs in their starts against the Diamondbacks this weekend.
But Maeda was just a bit better and he did need a nice bounce back outing from his prior starts.
So the Player of the Series against the Diamondbacks is again, Kenta Maeda.