Thursday, April 7, 2016

Maeda leads Dodgers to historic beginning

The Dodgers reached a historic high during Wednesday's 7-0 victory over the Padres, as they became only the second team in Major League history to begin a season with three shutouts.
The Dodgers joined the 1963 Cardinals as the only teams to open a season by holding their opponent scoreless for three successive games.
Los Angeles pitcher Kenta Maeda hit a home run and tossed six scoreless in his Major League debut as the Dodgers completed a three-game sweep at Petco Park.
Los Angeles established a club record with 27 consecutive scoreless innings to begin a season, surpassing the 23 scoreless frames that came to begin the 1974 season. That mark was set against the Padres, who have tied their longest scoring drought.
San Diego pitcher Andrew Cashner labored in his first start, needing 94 pitches to get through four innings. He surrendered four runs in the first and allowed five overall on six hits, while striking out five.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Leading the Chase: Chase Utley led off the game with a triple to right-center, scoring onJustin Turner's single to trigger a four-run inning off Cashner, with Carl Crawford doubling in a run and Joc Pederson singling home two more.
Out at home: Andy Green lost his first replay review as Padres manager in the bottom of the sixth, and in doing so the Friars were denied their first run of the season. On a ground ball to first, Cory Spangenberg broke for home, but was thrown out at the plate. Dodgers catcherA.J. Ellis applied the tag relatively late and high -- but evidently just in time to get Spangenberg.

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