Tempers flared during the hotly contested battle between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Texas Rangers on Wednesday night.
Matt Kemp and Robinson Chirinos got into a tussle at home plate in the third inning. Enrique Hernandez slapped a double with two outs. Kemp tried to score from second base. But waiting there was Chirinos, who caught a throw from the Rangers’ right fielder, Nomar Mazara, on a hop. Chirinos went to block the base path and Kemp bowled him over. The pair got into a bit of a shoving match and both benches came to separate the two. Once the dust settled, both were ejected from the game after the umpires met to discuss the affair.
Kenta Maeda took the bump for the first time since 5/29, when he went only 1.2 innings against the Philadelphia Phillies. Maeda was unable to pitch for 15 days with a right hip strain. You could tell though, that Maeda had not pitched in two weeks. He tired quicker as the game progressed.
Maeda sharp early, struggles late in outing
In the first inning, Delino DeShields was drilled with a 90 mph fastball. Maeda used only four more pitches to get through the inning after he got Mazara to ground into a double play.
The 30-year-old was even more economical with his pitches next time on the bump. Adrian Beltre grounded out on a soft hit to Cody Bellinger to first on four pitches. Then, Jurickson Profar popped up to the second baseman on the first pitch he saw. After Joey Gallo saw a low fastball outside the zone, Maeda got the power hitter to pop up with a slow change up down low.
Maeda began to struggle during his third inning of work. Chirinos battled to the tune of seven pitches, as many as Maeda threw the previous inning, before lining out to center. Two of the next three batters, however, reached base via a single and a walk to Rougned Odor and Shin-Soo Choo respectively.
Texas finally got to Maeda in the fourth. Beltre led things off with a double to center field. Profar then smacked a single to Hernandez, cutting the Dodgers lead in half. The Rangers’ hit parade continued when Gallo found a curveball he smash to right, tying the game at two.
Dodgers Walk Off At Home
Justin Turner is finally finding his pre-injury form. He got the offense going in the first by rocketing his second home run of the season behind left field.
The Dodgers got a fluke run in the second beginning with a defensive mishap by the usually stellar Beltre. Bellinger and Yasiel Puig reached base on back-to-back walks. Dave Roberts put on the double steal. Texas’ Chirinos threw the ball right at the third base bag, but Beltre could not handle the throw and Puig walked home.
The excitement reached its forte in the bottom of the 11th with the bases juiced. Austin Barnes bounced the ball back to the pitcher’s mound. Matt Bush could not get his throw accurately back to Carlos Perez. With Hernandez at third, he sprinted home, avoided the tag acrobatically, walking off in some fashion.