July 27, 2017
Joc Pederson hit a three-run homer and Kenta Maeda threw a career-high seven shutout innings, as the Dodgers shutout the Angels 4-0 on Tuesday night at the Ravine.
Maeda gave up just four hits, struck out six batters, and did not walk anybody. He improved his record to 6-3 on the season.
All four Dodger runs came in the 6th inning. Chase Utley lead off with a double against Jesse Chavez, then Logan Forsythe walked. After Chris Taylor flied out to center, Utley tagged up and moved to third base. That prompted Angels’ skipper Mike Scioscia to bring in reliever Jose Alvarez to face rookie-sensation Cody Bellinger.
Bellinger then drilled a 1-0 pitch to left center for an RBI single, which scored Utley. Austin Barnes was up next, and his ground out to first moved Forsythe to third and Bellinger to second. That set the stage for Pederson, who ripped an 0-1 pitch over the center field wall for his 7th home run of the season. That gave the Dodgers a 4-0 lead, and was the only offense either team would produce on the night.
Since returning from the DL on June 13, Pederson is hitting .319 with five home runs.
Brandon Morrow pitched the final two innings for the Dodgers. He gave up only one hit while making an efficient 16 pitches.
Jesse Chavez (5-8) took the loss but pitched well. He pitched 5 1/3 innings, and was charged with 2 runs while giving up just two hits. He struck out five and walked four.
Both teams rested a number of everyday players. The Angels rested Albert Pujols and Cameron Maybin. The Dodgers sat Yasmani Grandal, Corey Seager, Yasiel Puig, and Justin Turner.
Game 3 of the series shifts to the Big A on Wednesday night. Hyun-Jin Ryu (3-6, 4.30 ERA) gets the ball for the Boys in Blue. The Halos will counter with Alex Meyer (3-4, 4.20 ERA).