The Dodgers took game one against the Orioles last night in a comeback victory. Tonight they are looking to take the series with Kenta Maeda on the mound.
The Dodgers enjoyed a great “Windependence Day” yesterday. They were behind for most of the game and finally took the lead in the bottom of the seventh inning. Corey Seager started off the inning with a lead off triple. Seager can do no wrong. That guy is so good at baseball it is insane. After Seager’s triple, the Dodgers got a little rally going and pulled out the win. The game was followed by fireworks to celebrate America’s freedom and the Dodger win just made it all sweeter. Tonight they look to do the same and take the series as they look for their sixth straight win.
Kenta Maeda will be heading to the mound to start tonight’s game. Maeda is coming into tonight’s game with a record of 7-5 and an ERA of 2.82. So far in 2016, he has struck out 89 batters and walked 28. The MLB rookie has had a consistent season thus far. His first start with the club was amazing. He shined not only on the mound, but also hit a home run in his plate appearance. Following such a great start, Maeda had a few rocky ones, but he looks to be back on track now. In 16 games he has thrown 92.2 innings. In his last start against the Brewers, Maeda had a rough first inning and allowed the Brewers to score a run. After the rough first outing, he settled down and tossed three great, scoreless innings. He ran into some trouble in the fifth inning that game, but managed to work his way out of it. Maeda seems to struggle in certain innings from time to time, but he also is usually able to recover and pitch to the best of his ability in his next inning of work.
The Orioles will be sending Chris Tillman to the mound this evening. Tillman currently had a record of 10-2 and an ERA of 3.71. In 17 starts this year, or 99.1 innings of work, Tillman has struck out 91 batters and walked 36. According to Brooks Baseball, Tillman has a fourseam average velocity pitch, however it has a “rising” action which generates more K’s and swings than most of his other pitches. Tillman also has a curve with huge movement and a cutter with heavy sink. His last outing was June 30 against the Seattle Mariners. Tillman only went 4.2 innings and allowed four earned runs to receive the loss for the day.
Justin Turner gets his first off day of the homestand as Chris Taylor gets the start at third. Taylor will appear in his seventh game as a Dodger, but only his third start. He’s played short, second and third so far in his limited time with the Dodgers.
First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 PM and will be shown on Sports Net LA.