Maeda leads Dodgers to historic beginning

April 7th, 2016

SAN DIEGO -- The Dodgers reached a historic high during Wednesday's 6-0 victory over the Padres, as they became only the second team in Major League history to begin a season with three shutouts.

The Dodgers joined the 1963 Cardinals as the only teams to open a season by holding their opponent scoreless for three successive games. The Padres, meanwhile, became the first team to be blanked in three straight to start the season.

• Dodgers open season with three shutouts

Los Angeles pitcher Kenta Maeda hit a home run and tossed six scoreless in his Major League debut as the Dodgers completed a three-game sweep at Petco Park.

"I was aware no runs scored in the first two games and we won so I was definitely feeding off that momentum," Maeda said. "At the same time, knowing no runs scored, that was pressure for me too."

• Big night for Maeda in debut

Los Angeles established a club record with 27 consecutive scoreless innings to begin a season, surpassing the 23 scoreless frames that came to begin the 1974 season.

San Diego pitcher Andrew Cashner labored in his first start, needing 94 pitches to get through four innings. He surrendered four runs in the first and allowed five overall on six hits, while striking out five.

"I put the team in a hole today with four runs," Cashner said. "It'll come. It's just three games -- three bad games. But I believe in these guys in this locker room. We believe in ourselves. No doubt, we'll come out of it."


Leading the Chase:Chase Utley led off the game with a triple to right-center, scoring on Justin Turner's single to trigger a four-run inning off Cashner, with Carl Crawford doubling in a run and Joc Pederson singling home two more.

Out at home: Andy Green lost his first replay review as Padres manager in the bottom of the sixth, and in doing so the Friars were denied their first run of the season. On a ground ball to first, Cory Spangenberg broke for home, but was thrown out at the plate. Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis applied the tag relatively late and high -- but evidently just in time to get Spangenberg.

"I thought we got underneath there -- that's why Andy challenged it," said Spangenberg. "But in the end I guess they saw something different in New York. … I thought Ellis tagged me high, but it must have been not conclusive."

Don't forget Puig:Adrian Gonzalez was walked three times, but that won't continue if his protection in the lineup, Yasiel Puig, continues hitting behind him. Puig had three more hits Wednesday night, including his first home run of the year, and raised his average to .600.

Left hanging: In the second and fourth innings, the Padres put a runner in scoring position with only one out, but they came up empty both times. In the fourth, Matt Kemp and Wil Myers hit back-to-back singles, but were stranded, thanks to a pair of nice defensive plays by first baseman Adrian Gonzalez

"I think what you see right now -- like I said yesterday -- it's just more collective pressing," Green said. "Give credit to Maeda, he threw the ball well. But we had plenty of opportunities to cash in runs."


"We have 159 left. We've got to stay within ourselves and stay with our plan. I think everybody's pressing a little too much right now. I'll be the first to admit that I'm definitely guilty of that." -- Myers said.


The Dodgers won their first review of the season in the sixth inning. Second-base umpire Gary Cederstrom originally ruled Jon Jay safe at second base when Utley dropped Corey Seager's throw, but the replay showed Utley retrieved the loose ball and tagged the bag with it before Jay arrived.


Dodgers: The Dodgers will send their fourth starter, Alex Wood, to the mound in San Francisco for the Giants' home opener on Thursday. Wood, acquired from the Braves in 2015, had a rough spring, posting a 7.13 ERA in Spring Training.

Padres: The Padres' offense could end up getting just the boost it needs with a trip to Coors Field on the horizon. They face the Rockies for the start of a three-game series on Friday as Colin Rea gets the start.

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