Pederson Homers Twice; Back’s Maeda’s Gem

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A night after being shutout by the Nationals, Joc Pederson hit 2 home runs and Kenta Maeda threw 6 shutout innings as the Dodgers beat the Nats 5-0. The Dodgers also received RBIs from Chris Taylor (triple) and David Freese (two-run homer).

The Dodgers took command of the game right out of the gate against Aníbal Sánchez. In a 3-2 count, Pederson hit a breaking ball deep into the right-center field bleachers. And just like that, 6 pitches into the game, the Dodgers had a 1-0 lead.

The Dodgers added to their lead in the 4th inning when Taylor hit an RBI triple. Taylor, who’s been hot since the beginning of May, hit a little flare that got past a diving Adam Eaton in right field. Alex Verdugo scored from first and Taylor slid into third base with a triple.

An inning later, Pederson added to the Dodger lead with his second homer of the night. This time, Pederson crushed a sinker, hitting it at 113.7 mph and depositing it 402 feet from home plate.

The Dodgers put the finishing touches on their 5-run outburst in the 7th inning when Freese hit a two-run homer. Freese attacked a fastball, driving it the other way and over the right-center field wall.

On the other side of the ball, Maeda shut down the Nationals over 6 innings. He allowed just 1 hit and 2 walks while striking out 6.

Up Next:

Max Scherzer and Walker Buehler will face off in game 3 of the series. Scherzer is 1-4 wit a 3.78 ERA while Buehler has a 4-0 record but a 4.95 ERA. The game will begin at 6:10 pm.

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