Its official, the Los Angeles Dodgers are now worse than the Miami Marlins. The Dodgers winning percentage is .381, the Marlin’s winning percentage is also .381. Ok they’re tied, but you get the picture. The Marlins, a team specifically designed for losing beat the Dodgers again on Wednesday night by a 6-5 score. The loss gives the Dodgers six consecutive defeats and they’ve now lost 16 of their last 21 games. The Dodgers are also tied for last place in the National League West, with the idle Padres not scheduled. Technically the Dodgers have a lower winning percentage than those awful Padres.
Dodgers 5 10 1
Marlins 6 11 0
The Dodgers are now an atrocious 10 games below .500, for the first time since 2013. Only one team has a worse record then the Dodgers in the National League, and that’s the Reds who just swept the Dodgers in a four game series at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers are so unwatchable that I actually fell asleep during Tuesday night’s 4-2 loss. I closed my eyes in the sixth inning with the Dodgers down 2-0 and woke up in the ninth with the Marlins winning 4-2. What a miserable season.
Walker Buehler had a poor start, allowing five runs (four earned) on seven hits and striking out seven over five frames. Buehler walked two and made 97 pitches on the night. On the flip side the Dodger bats were unable to do anything against Miami rule 5 acquisition rookie hurler Elieser Hernandez who was making his first MLB start. Note that Hernandez had logged only three major league innings and the Dodgers could only muster one run on three hits against Hernandez in his five innings of work.
As usual the Dodgers were losing within seconds after the national anthem as the Fish plated one in the bottom of the first and then scored another in the third. They put up three runs in the fifth as Buehler wavered. Brian Anderson and Starlin Castro (Castro had 4 hits on the night) each had RBI singles respectively in the first and third innings. Then Justin Bour hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the fifth to put the Marlins ahead 4-1. A Miguel Rojas sacrifice fly made the score 5-1. The Dodgers lone run against Hernandez was a Grandal solo shot in the fourth.
Then something strange happened, the Dodgers rallied. The boys in blue scored four runs in the top of the sixth to tie the score at 5-5. Here’s how that happened…. With Junichi Tazawa on the mound, Joc Pederson’s lead-off double got the inning started. After Justin Turner lined out to right, Yasmani Grandal’s single through the shift scored Joc to cut the score to 5-2. Cody Bellinger doubled, and Chris Taylor singles in Grandal with Taylor taking second on the throw. With the score 5-3 Max Muncy’s (who was playing at first, with Bellinger in center field) ground-rule double scored Bellinger and Taylor to tie the score at 5-5.
With the game tied you had to wonder if this was finally the turning point for the Dodgers. The bats seemed to be coming alive at just the right time. Then we all remembered that Pedro Baez and that terrible stinkpen exists. So would it surprise you to hear that Baez gave up a go-ahead solo home run to J.T. Realmuto in the bottom of the sixth? It shouldn’t and that’s exactly what happened. On the bright side Turner went 2 for 5 at the plate and the Dodgers were 3 for 11 with runners in scoring position.
The Marlins will sweep the Dodgers Thursday morning for the series finale and the boys in blue will then fly out to Washington to get swept again. Kenta Maeda will draw Caleb Smith, who was supposed to pitch tonight. First pitch is slated for 9:10 AM PST.