Dodgers can’t overcome poor start by Kenta Maeda

first_img“We have to see where Ryu is at. We have to see where McCarthy is at,” Roberts said. “It (Maeda’s role) is kind of contingent on a couple other guys.“I don’t like to use the radar gun as the barometer. But I do think there is something to just attacking. Not that he’s trying to hang breaking balls or changeups. But there were a lot of pitches that just backed up over the big part of the plate.”The radar gun has never been a good friend of Jhoulys Chacin. But the Padres starter held the Dodgers scoreless through his five innings despite nearly as much traffic on the bases as Maeda allowed.Chacin gave up four hits, walked three and hit two batters but the Dodgers were 0 for 8 with runners in scoring position against him and stranded nine baserunners in his five innings.“We just missed the big hit,” said Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager who did his part with three hits. “We left like 11 or 12 runners on base (it was 12 in all). You can’t do that and expect to win.”The Dodgers finally broke through against the Padres bullpen. Seager drove in their first runs with a two-out, two-run double in the sixth inning. And Yasmani Grandal hit a solo home run in the seventh. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error SAN DIEGO >> The bullpen gate swings both ways. Kenta Maeda pitched his way out in June. And then he pitched his way right back in.The least offensive team in the majors, the San Diego Padres scored four times in the first two innings against Maeda and the Dodgers never quite caught up in a 5-3 loss Sunday afternoon at Petco Park.“Today Kenta just wasn’t sharp,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “Just to see that attack mode we talked about and kind of pitching with a purpose and going hard from the first pitch — I don’t know if he didn’t feel comfortable out there mechanically or physically. It just wasn’t what we’d seen his last few outings.”The loss was indeed a quick reversal of fortune for Maeda who pitched seven shutout innings against the Angels in his previous start and had a 1.71 ERA and .162 average against in five June appearances (three starts).center_img That version of Maeda was never evident at Petco Park.The Padres came into the game last in the majors in runs scored, team batting average, on-base percentage and OPS but went 8 for 16 with a walk, hit batter, three doubles and a home run (by Manuel Margot) in 3 2/3 innings against Maeda.“I didn’t have much life to the fastball today. And overall my other pitches weren’t that crisp,” Maeda said through an interpreter. “It’s disappointing that even though I didn’t have my stuff I couldn’t battle it out.”With six games left before the All-Star break, it is questionable whether Maeda will get another start before the break – or what his role might be in the second half.Left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu has been pushed back due to a foot injury and right-hander Brandon McCarthy, currently on the DL with knee tendinitis, is scheduled to throw a simulated game today. Left-hander Scott Kazmir – remember him? – could even become more than a line item on the Dodgers’ payroll every month.last_img read more