At some point the Dodgers will lose and it will suck. Until then the Dodgers can’t lose even when they try to lose. For example before Sunday afternoon’s 3-2 win over the Marlins, the Dodgers wrote in two automatic outs in the bottom of their lazy getaway day lineup. Kike Hernandez is now batting .211 and Trayce Thompson is batting a blistering .121. So even with the bottom of the lineup being Kike, Thompson, pitcher, the Dodgers still managed to win despite “only” scoring three runs. To be fair to Kike he almost hit a home run in the sixth had Ozuna not leaped over the wall to make a spectacular catch to rob him of a home run.
Rich Hill was dominating for his obligatory five innings, and the Dodger bullpen held most of the Marlins in the water for four innings to hang on for the win. The Dodger bats scored one run in the first, third, and fourth innings to plate their three early runs. Justin Turner homered and drove in two and it was enough to beat the woeful Fish. The Dodgers earn their eleventh sweep of the season and win their ninth consecutive game. The boys in blue are now 64-29 on the season and now 10.5 games ahead in the NL West.
Dodgers 3 7 0
Marlins 2 9 0
The Marlins threw poor rookie southpaw Chris O’Grady out against the Dodgers. The kid was making just his second big league start and he really had no idea of the buzz saw he was up against. The youngster did his best and actually was a lot better then I figured he would be. The kid allowed three earned runs on five hits across five frames and struck out six. Fortunately he received his first MLB loss. Welcome to the show kid.
As for Rich Hill, he’s really discovered his command lately. Today his curve was spinning all over the place and his placement was spot on. The veteran lefty struck out 9 fish over five innings allowing just one earned run on five hits. The best part of the outing was the zero under the walks category. No walks are good for Hill and for my blood pressure. Unfortunately Hill was unable to pitch past the fifth inning, but what else is new?
The bats provided just enough offense to squeak out the win but missed some opportunities to cash in more. Justin Turner slugged a first inning home run to give the Dodgers an early 1-0 lead. In the third inning Logan Forsythe walked and Corey Seager singled him to third. Turner’s sacrifice fly plated Forsythe to put the Dodgers up 2-0. The Dodgers got one more run in the fourth when Chris Taylor tripled and Austin Barnes singled him in to give the Dodgers a 3-0 lead. The Dodgers loaded the bases in the seventh frame on two walks and a single, but Seager was foolishly picked off of second base by Kyle Barraclough. Now that’s a bit embarrassing.
Meanwhile Hill mowed through the Marlin’s lineup like an expert fisherman at sea. He whiffed Giancarlo Stanton in the first inning. After giving up a Marcell Ozuna double he struck out the next three Fish hitters (Tyler Moore, Derek Dietrich, A.J. Ellis) to end the second inning. He racked up two more strikeouts in the third and stranded a Christian Yelich double in the fourth by striking out Moore again.
Hill and the Dodgers ran into a bit of trouble in the fifth. With one out former Dodger A.J. Ellis doubled and JT Riddle singled him to third. Then Ichiro Suzuki’s grounder back to the box deflected off of Hill and rolled into no man’s land. Ellis scored to cut the lead to 3-1. But Hill got Prado to whiff and Stanton to ground out to end the threat. That was all for Hill.
The Dodger bullpen took things the rest of the way, ending with Kenley Jansen recording another four out save. Josh Fields pitched a perfect sixth inning. The Luis Avilan induced an inning ending double play to get out of the seventh. Brandon Morrow came in for the bottom of the eighth inning and got Dee Gordon to lead-off with a routine grounder to short. But Seager was rushing the play and bobbled the ball allowing Gordon to reach. Charitable scoring gave Dee a single.
After Prado grounded out, Morrow then blew away Stanton for the second out. In comes Kenley and he immediately was called for a balk. That’s two balks for Kenley in a week in Miami. Remember he balked in the all-star game as well. With Gordon at third, Yelich pokes one up the middle to score Gordon and the Dodger lead is now 3-2. Fear not though Dodger fans, Kenley would strike out Justin Boar to end the inning.
The bottom of the ninth was not a problem for Kenley. He struck out Dietrich, A.J. and then got Riddle to ground out to end the game. Dodgers win again! Final score Dodgers 3 Marlins 2. Oh and Stanton had a pretty bad day. The Miami slugger went 0 for 4, struck out twice and lost his glove over the wall. Don’t worry he got it back eventually.
The Dodgers are idle on Monday but will travel to Chicago to take on the White Sox at US Cellular Field. Clayton Kershaw will try to keep the winning streak alive as the Dodgers look for their tenth straight win in the series opener on Tuesday night. The pale hose will counter with Miguel Gonzalez. It never gets old.