Kenta Maeda took the mound against the Padres Tuesday looking to start his sophomore campaign hot. Instead, it was shades of late 2016.
Maeda threw five innings, allowing six hits and three earned runs. He also had four strikeouts to two walks. He started with a 29-pitch, two-run 1st inning.
Kenta Maeda out after 5 IP, 6 H, 4 SO, 2 BB. #Dodgers trail 3-0.
— Alanna Rizzo (@alannarizzo) April 5, 2017
The overreaction crowd will be out in full force, but it’s one start. His control was lacking Tuesday, but his velocity was up and his spring provided few red flags. His final practice start featured three perfect innings.
Los Angeles currently trails 4-0 in the 8th.
Things won’t get easier for Maeda. His next start is scheduled against the Rockies in Denver.