Kenta Maeda and Just Turner ended the Los Angeles Dodgers losing streak Wednesday afternoon, as the pair shined in their 7-0 win over the Miami Marlins.
Kenta Maeda looks strong in outing
The 30-year-old right hander needed this win about as much the Dodgers did. Maeda had been floundering, posting a 2-3 record in 8 games with a -0.4 WAR. In those appearances, Maeda never made it past the sixth inning. Today, though, he looked strong, throwing innings of shutout baseball, striking out eight and giving up just two hits.
His fastball and slider were his two most successful pitches. They were the only pitches that got him whiffs, according to Brooks Baseball. Kenta Maeda generated seven swings and misses off his fastball, while missing 12 bats with his slider.
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Maeda said afterwards that attacking hitters today was a big difference in the way he pitched today. “Just the mindset of attacking the hitters and making sure that I have that mindset throughout the outing. I think that worked today.”
Turner provides offense for the Dodgers
Dave Roberts was hoping that the return of Justin Turner was going to provide more offense. Roberts’ hunch proved to be correct, on this occasion anyway.
The Dodgers manager was full of praise for Turner following their victory. “He really seems like he hasn’t missed a beat. He’s on time. He’s finding the barrel. But I think the bottom line is that once he gets in the batter’s box, it’s about competing. It’s not about mechanics or anything like that. Every time he’s been in the box, it’s been a quality at-bat.”
Turner hit the ball hard during his four at bats against the Marlins, clubbing five RBI in the victory today. He began his onslaught in the third inning when he stepped to the plate with the bases loaded. The Dodgers third baseman mashed a fastball left up in the zone and cleared the bases.
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In the very next inning, Justin Turner came up big once more. Yasiel Puig homered on the first pitch he saw to increase the lead to 4-0. Turner reached low to smack a curveball down into left field corner to break the game wide open.