You could not have scripted a better start to the Major League career of right-hander Kenta Maeda. Not only did he pitch six quality innings while giving up zero runs, but he also hit a solo home run during his second at-bat, and it happened to be the Dodgers’ first home run of the season. It was special.
Los Angeles ended up winning the game 7-0, and it marked the team’s third straight shutout victory to open the season. They became just the second team in the last 100 years to accomplish that feat. Let’s just sit back and enjoy some of the highlights from the team’s resounding victory on Wednesday night.
The final out of the game came courtesy of Joe Blanton. He pitched the final frame and retired the first two batters on strikeouts before getting the final Padres batter of the evening to pop out to right field. It marked the team’s third straight shutout, and the Dodgers now have the second longest shutout streak in Major League history to start a season at 27 innings.
Los Angeles has looked fantastic in the first three games, but it was the all-around performance on Wednesday night that should have people excited the most. They were excellent defensively, got it done at the plate, and got a real nice pitching performance from Kenta Maeda on his debut night. It was a truly spectacular evening.