The Dodgers had one job coming into Tuesday night’s game against the Miami Marlins. They were supposed to forget about Monday night’s 3-2 loss and defeat the lowly Marlins to even the series. With Clayton Kershaw on the mound against mediocre Tom Koehler it certainly seemed like there was a good chance of that happening. The Dodgers were up 3-0 in the sixth inning and Kershaw and the Dodgers were cruising. Then Kershaw mysteriously imploded in that fateful sixth inning, allowing five consecutive hits, and five runs which doomed the Dodgers to a 6-3 loss. The Dodgers were supposed to make Don Mattingly sad. Now Mattingly is going back to the team hotel happy. He’s laughing in the clubhouse giddy, nay he’s ecstatic and smiling from ear to ear. This is definitely not what any of us wanted.
Of course it wasn’t all Kershaw’s fault. This was a team wide failure. The offense was again lackluster. The club could only muster up three runs on six hits. The Dodgers were 0 for 7 with runners in scoring position. Two of the runs scored in the first inning thanks to an early walkapalooza from Koehler. There were three walks, two wild pitches, and a throwing error from Miami catcher J.T. Realmuto which helped the Dodgers jump out to an early 2-0 lead.
Marlins 6 11 1
Dodgers 3 6 0
In the meantime Kershaw seemed to be cruising to an easy victory. He had allowed just one hit up to that point and even added an RBI double in the fourth inning to extend the Dodger’s lead to 3-0. The only hit was a triple from Marcell Ozuna off of Carl Crawford’s glove in the top of the second. Kershaw ended up finishing with ten strikeouts and no walks, but gave up five earned runs over seven frames.
Koehler easily plowed through the Dodger lineup after that shaky first inning. He allowed two earned runs on three hits and struck out three over five frames. He had four walks and two wild pitches. He picked up his second win of the season.
The sixth inning was painful. It started with an Adeiny Hechavarria line out. Then former Dodger Miguel Rojas flared a double over third base. Dee Gordon singled off of Kershaw’s knee which put runners at first and second. The flood gates opened after that. Martin Prado’s ground ball single to center scored the first run of the inning. Christian Yelich singled, and then the big hit was Giancarlo Stanton’s three-run home run off the hitter’s backdrop in center right field. Kershaw was left cursing to himself and we were left disgusted by the thought of Don Mattingly smiling. That’s five runs scored to put the Fish ahead 5-3.
Nobody knows what happened. It’s mystifying. Maybe it was those damn infield shifts or something. I don’t know, but this was the first time in Kershaw’s career that he has allowed five consecutive hits in an inning. He had entered the game with a 1.93 ERA against the Marlins and an ERA under 1.4 for the season. Who knows man.
The Dodger bullpen gave up one more run in the eighth inning because why not? The extent of the Dodger offense the rest of the game was a Corey Seager single in the seventh, a Joc Pederson double, and Chase Utley walk in the bottom of the ninth. Miami closer A.J. Ramos who is pretty damned good, closed out the game to record his second save of the season.
The Dodgers are now 12-9 on the season and 4-4 at home. They remain 1.5 games ahead in first place since the Giants won tonight. It seems like the Dodgers are well on their way to an embarrassing sweep to the Marlins isn’t it?
On a bright note, Carl Crawford didn’t look 100% lost in left field during his first start back from the disabled list. Crawford misplayed a ball in left field, but was 1 for 3 with a single and run scored. He also walked. Little victories guys, little victories.
The series continues on Wednesday evening. The Marlins are sending rookie left hander Justin Nicolino to the mound against Scott Kazmir at 7:10 PM. The Dodgers will probably shuffle the entire B-squad into the lineup and Nicolino will pitch a one-hitter. Until tomorrow guys.