In an unexpected turn of events Saturday night at Dodger Stadium, Ian Kennedy and Paul Maholm were locked in a pitcher’s duel for much of the evening.
Maholm, making his first start since May 14, allowed two hits in six shutout innings. Kennedy limited the Dodgers to just three hits in eight innings as the game went to the bottom of the ninth with both teams scoreless.
Kevin Quackenbush had taken over for the San Diego Padres and the first batter he faced was Adrian Gonzalez, who was 1-for-3 on the night. Gonzalez worked a full count against the right-hander and sent the seventh pitch of the at-bat into right-center field.
Will Venable was shaded towards left-center, which left him needing to cover plenty of ground in order to cut the ball off before it reached the wall. Not known for his speed, Gonzalez capitalized on Venable’s long trek by legging out a leadoff double.
Gonzalez eventually reached third base with one out following walks by Andre Ethier and Juan Uribe. The Dodger first baseman was then driven home on an A.J. Ellis sacrifice fly.
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