Rich Hill solid again in second start with LA Dodgers

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “When you think about Rich and Clayton and Kenta (Maeda) and what we have in our rotation, it’s just very encouraging,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said, allowing himself to dream. “But obviously most of that is contingent upon Clayton. So we’re trying to take each step with him and build on that. But I think looking forward a little bit – which I think everyone has to do – there’s a little bit of trying to line those two guys up together.“I think if you look at Clayton, Richie and Kenta, those three guys against any three I like our chances. That’s why we acquired him.”The Dodgers have said that far more than Hill has been able to demonstrate it.Inhibited by the blister issues on his index and middle fingers, Hill has made just those two starts since being acquired by the Dodgers at the Aug. 1 trade deadline. But they have each been enticing signs of the front-of-the-rotation force the Dodgers believe they acquired. Hill has not allowed a run in his 12 innings for the Dodgers.Saturday night, he walked the first Padres batter he faced then retired the next 14 in order, striking out six and allowing little in the way of hard contact. He walked another in the fifth inning and finally gave up his only hit of the night with two outs in the sixth inning when Alexei Ramirez singled through the box and into center field. LOS ANGELES >> In his time with the Dodgers, Rich Hill has demonstrated a mastery of one of the rules of show business.Always leave them wanting more.In his second start for the Dodgers — separated from the first by nine days, a rainout and a postponement — Hill took a no-hitter into the sixth inning while holding the San Diego Padres scoreless on the way to a 5-1 victory Saturday night.At the same time on another mound in the Southland, Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw was dominating some wide-eyed Single-A hitters in a three-inning rehab start for Rancho Cucamonga.center_img “You just tip your hat,” Hill said of the lone hit he allowed in six scoreless innings. “I looked back at it afterwards and he really put a good swing on the ball. There’s nothing you can do about it. Just keep going with that same effort and same intensity. That’s baseball.“You don’t go out there looking to complete a no-hitter or throw a no-hitter. But as the game goes on, each pitch has its moment and the tempo and rhythm of the game plays out. You want to stay in that moment and bring that intensity for every pitch.”Still cautious about overworking Hill’s fingers, Roberts said the left-hander would not have seen the seventh inning even if the no-hitter was still intact. He pulled him after 89 pitches in six innings, leaving the rest to the Dodgers’ bullpen. Reliever Casey Fien surrendered the Padres’ only run in the eighth.“For us, we’re trying to obviously win each game but with his history this season and the blisters we’re really trying to be cognizant of that,” Roberts said. “To give us 89, 90 pitches whatever it is – we’re trying to make sure we’re out of the woods.”Hill’s trade-mate, outfielder Josh Reddick, has been lost in the woods since joining the Dodgers. But he has shown signs of life recently and had his second multi-hit game in his past two starts. Reddick’s three hits Saturday included his first home run (and second RBI) with the Dodgers.“It took long enough to finally get here,” Reddick said. “It felt great to contribute to a win. It’s something I wanted to do for a month now and it finally came.”Reddick’s second hit of the night was the last of five consecutive hits by the Dodgers in the fourth inning against Padres starter Luis Perdomo. Consecutive singles by Corey Seager, Justin Turner and Adrian Gonzalez produced one run then Yasmani Grandal crushed a first-pitch fastball from Perdomo, sending it 440 feet over the wall in straightaway center field.Seager’s hit was one of two singles in the game for the rookie shortstop who snapped an 0-for-19 skid. Prior to this stretch of five consecutive hitless games, Seager had not gone more than back-to-back games without a hit this season.last_img

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