Dealing with multiple injuries as the first half of their schedule winds down, the Los Angeles Dodgers entered Saturday’s game with Paul Maholm starting in place of Josh Beckett and Miguel Rojas filling in at shortstop for Hanley Ramirez.
Making his first start since May 14, Maholm allowed two just hits in six innings. The Dodgers were unable to capitalize on the left-hander’s strong outing as they were held in check by San Diego Padres starter Ian Kennedy for eight innings.
Kevin Quackenbush took the mound in the bottom of the ninth to face the heart of the Dodgers’ lineup. Adrian Gonzalez hit a leadoff double but some of the excitement was tempered as Matt Kemp followed with a strikeout.
Andre Ethier was intentionally walked with one out and Juan Uribe drew a walk to load the bases for A.J. Ellis. The catcher fell behind 0-2 then spoiled pitches to stay alive. Ellis’ work paid off as he hit a sacrifice fly to deep right that scored Gonzalez and gave the Dodgers a 1-0 win.
Ellis’ RBI set off a celebration that first included the now customary bubbles, via the Dodgers Vine account:
Followed by a cold bath, courtesy of Drew Butera and Miguel Rojas: