Los Angeles— Los Angeles—Kenta Maeda had himself a night on the mound and at the plate. The right-hander from Osaka was extremely efficient Wednesday night as he controlled the game from start-to-finish in a 2-0 shutout win against the San Diego Padres with a 12 strikeout performance and drove in both runs. Maeda (5-2) approached hitters early on with a nice mix of changeups and sliders, and then attacked them with his fastball late in the count. His slider was completely on tonight, as there were 14 swings and misses on his slider alone. He also was the first Dodgers starting pitcher to have two hits and two RBIs in a game since Zack Greinke. Tonight, neither team really lit up the box score, but Maeda was the undisputed star. Matt Strahm (1-3) went five innings and gave up two runs and seven hits. The big left-hander might have taken the loss, but he pitched well enough for his team to give them the chance tonight to split the series. The offense, on the other hand, has somewhat been MIA recently, especially against the Dodgers as they only mustered four hits. Three singles that equaled to 400-feet and a season-high 16 strike outs times is just obviously not going to get it done against a great pitching staff. Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen came in to work the ninth for his 14th save as he had a little trouble needing 26 pitches. I'm not going to get cocky and act as if the Dodgers completely decimated the Padres on the field since that is definitely not the case. Every single game so far this season has been very close in the late innings. I've said this numerous times, but, the Padres scare me. Maybe not now, or next year, but they will be competing for a National League West crown soon. In the meantime, let's hope they end up being mediocre like they have been since the franchise has existed. This was the Padres 42nd loss in their last 60 games in L.A. Los Angeles swept the quick two-game series against the divisional foes Padres, as they fly to Cincinnati for the weekend series against a few familiar faces. The Padres need to regroup and get healthy before they flounder before the summer even starts.
First pitch 7:10 ET Friday night @ Great American Ballpark