Update: Maeda left with a strained right hip, MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick reports.
Dodgers starter Kenta Maeda couldn’t make it out of the second inning of Tuesday’s start against the Phillies, leaving with an apparent injury. Maeda served up a solo home run to Nick Williams, then was visited on the mound by the team trainer and manager Dave Roberts. Maeda initially stayed in the game, facing three more batters and recording two outs. Maeda was again visited on the mound by the trainer and Roberts, but this time he was pulled from the game.
Scott Alexander relieved Maeda, giving up a walk, an infield single, then a two-run single. One of the runs was charged to Maeda, whose final line read: 1 2/3 innings, three hits, two runs, one walk, two strikeouts. He now has a 3.61 ERA on the season.
It is not yet clear what was ailing Maeda, but the Dodgers should provide an update during the game.
2019 has been one long nightmare for the Pirates. They’re in last place in the NL Central, have had multiple clubhouse fights, and can’t stop getting into bench-clearing incidents. The embarrassment continued on Sunday as the club lost 16-6 to the Cubs, suffering a three-game series sweep in Chicago.
One of those 16 runs the Pirates allowed was particularly noteworthy. In the bottom of the third inning, with the game tied at 5-5, the Cubs had runners on first and second with two outs. Tony Kemp hit a triple to right field, allowing both Ben Zobrist and Jason Heyward to score to make it 7-5. The Pirates thought one of the Cubs’ base runners didn’t touch third base on their way home. Reliever Michael Feliz attempted to make an appeal throw to third base, but it was way too high for Erik González to catch, so Kemp scored easily on the error.
The Pirates lost Friday’s game to the Cubs 17-8 and Saturday’s game 14-1. They were outscored 47-15 in the three-game series. According to Baseball Reference, since 1908, the Pirates never allowed 14+ runs in three consecutive games and only did it two games in a row twice before this series, in 1949 and in 1950. The Cubs scored 14+ in three consecutive games just one other time, in 1930.