Eric Sogard

No late-inning heroics this time for Dodgers, who get blanked 3-0 at Milwaukee

No late-inning heroics this time for Dodgers, who get blanked 3-0 at Milwaukee

Dave Roberts ventured to the far end of the Dodgers dugout Sunday afternoon and found Kenta Maeda. The fourth inning of a 3-0 loss to the Brewers had just ended. For the second outing in a row, Roberts did not feel comfortable sending Maeda back to the mound for the fifth. He came to tell Maeda why.

“I want him to understand that I have confidence in him,” Roberts said. “But there’s got to be something that he’s got to give me, and the team — a reason to keep sending him out there.”

When he debuted in the majors in 2016, Maeda buoyed an injury-prone starting rotation and never missed a start. He sagged in the second half of the season, but his performance kept the club...

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