LOS ANGELES: Japanese pitcher Kenta Maeda hit a home run—and tossed six solid innings—to lead the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 7-0 victory over the Padres in San Diego in his Major League Baseball debut on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila).
Maeda, who inked an eight-year, $25 million deal in January after spending eight seasons with the Hiroshima Carp, homered in his second at-bat, driving an 0-2 pitch from Andrew Cashner into the left field seats with one out in the fourth inning to put the Dodgers up 5-0.
He was just as effective on the mound, scattering five hits and striking out four without issuing a walk.
He allowed multiple runners on base in just two innings, keeping the Padres off balance with his fastball, curve and changeup.
His exploits insured the Padres became the first team to open a season with three straight shutout defeats.
Their 27 scoreless innings to start the season are a record, breaking the previous mark of 26 set by the 1943 St. Louis Cardinals.