It was not the normal offensive explosion that we have come to expect from the Dodgers in June. But the boys in blue got it done again on Wednesday night at the Ravine, defeating the Rangers 3-2. Kenta Maeda got the start in his first game back from a hip issue.
Kenta Maeda gives #Dodgers 5 IP in his first start back from hip injury
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) June 14, 2018
Maeda cruised through his first three innings, allowing just three base runners and one hit. The Rangers struck out a few lucky plays and a bad call in the fourth. Their first run came on a play at the plate, where Adrian Beltre appeared to be out on the replay.
Beltre was eventually ruled safe due to insufficient evidence, and the Rangers went on to tie up the game at two. Maeda would finish with five innings of work on 76 pitches.
Justin Turner got the offense going in the first inning with his second homerun of the year. That came off of Cole Hamels. It was certainly a sign of encouragement from Turner, who has had to sit more often than playing lately due to his sore wrist.
The offense was relatively quiet for the remainder of the game, until they walked it off in the eleventh inning. Kiké Hernandez, Yasiel Puig and Logan Forsythe all drew walks to load the bases for Austin Barnes. Barnes tapped one to the mound that Matt Bush threw wide to home plate. That opened the door for a Dodgers win as Kiké danced around the diving catcher.
At the end of it all, the Dodgers left ten men on base and went one for twelve with runners in scoring position. Not the ideal way to win a ballgame, but we’ll take what we can get.
The Dodgers will have an off day on Thursday, and Yasiel Puig will host his annual celebrity poker tournament for charity at Dodger Stadium. They will prepare for a three-game series with the Giants, who have lost three straight heading into Friday’s game.
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