Barnes’ Homer Rewards Maeda’s Gem

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Kenta Maeda had a brilliant outing and Austin Barnes backed him with a two-run home run in the 4th inning. Barnes’ tie-breaking home run and Maeda’s strong pitching were enough to push the Dodgers past the Angels with a 3-1 victory in Tempe, Arizona. Maeda truly looked like himself against the Angels, allowing only one hit, an Albert Pujols solo home run. He struck out seven batters, although one reached base on a wild pitch

Maeda truly looked like himself against the Angels, allowing only one hit, an Albert Pujols solo home run. He struck out seven batters, one who reached base on a wild pitch. Maeda struck out the side in the first inning, catching Yunel Escobar and Mike Trout swinging, Kole Calhoun looking.

Dave Roberts was pleased with what he saw, “The life of his fastball in the zone, and the conviction he had throwing it, was really good,” Roberts reported after the game. “He’s got such good command, but sometimes he tries to be too fine. Today he was down in the zone and he executed all day.”

Angels starter Ricky Nolasco was just as effective early in the game, allowing only one run on a Justin Turner run-scoring double in the third inning. It wasn’t until the fourth inning that Nolasco ran into trouble. With one out he walked Cody Bellinger, who advanced to second on a wild pitch. Then with two outs, Barnes hit a two-run home run, breaking the tie.

Next Up:

The Dodgers will host the Cincinnati Reds at 1:05 pm PT at Camelback Ranch. Rich Hill will start for the Dodgers, he enters the game with a 12.60 ERA and a record of 0-2. Hill has given up seven runs on four hits with seven walks in five innings this spring. The Reds will send Tim Adleman to the mound. He will enter the game with 9.95 ERA and a record of 1-1.

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