The Dodgers took on Don Mattingly‘s Marlins in the third of a four-game series, seeing brooms in their rearview mirrors, and Scott Kazmir took the mound, nursing an on again/off again thumb injury. Manager Dave Roberts shuffled his lineup, placing Enrique Hernandez, Yasiel Puig and Adrian Gonzalez at the top of the order. Would the move pay off and spark some runs, which are now scarcer at Dodger Stadium than affordable beer?
Here’s how it went down – and I do mean down…
A fistful of singles led to two fast runs for the fish.
That new 1,2,3 top of the order quietly went down 1,2,3 – but it’s fair to say Puig was robbed of a hit by a great flash of Miami leather.
3rd inning. Fish 2-0
Just spinning their wheels.
6th inning Fish 2-0
Nine men down in a row, and the Dodgers were making it look easy for the newly minted and called up from AAA, Justin Nicolino.
7th inning Fish 2-0
Adam Liberatore in for Kazmir (113 pitches and 2 runs).
The Marlins had not scored since the first inning, but then, the Dodgers hadn’t even advanced a runner past second all night.
They got their best chance of the night when Marlins pitcher David Phelps walked two to load the bases and was tossed by the HP umpire for “asking” where his last pitch was. Then Don Mattingly got thrown out (for old time’s sake).
It was bases loaded and one out, with the big guns coming to the plate. On a cold night that gave the crowd little to cheer about – besides receiving gift fleece blankets – the fans got up and got loud.
Puig struck out and Gonzalez flied out to shallow right.
It all amounted to a whole lotta nothing.
And that pretty much summed up the Dodgers’ evening – a whole lotta nada. Kazmir pitched about as well as could be expected with a bum thumb. After a rocky first inning, Kazmir settled down. He received good support from the bullpen tonight, and the Marlins never scored again.
However, the Dodgers offense sunk deeper into a malaise of chasing bad balls, or when they made contact, it was just enough to fly out or set up double plays. Yasiel Puig had the hardest hit ball of the night, and that was back in the first inning. The boys kept it to a low 0 for 3 with RISP, but that had a lot to do with the fact only three runners got into scoring position all night!
The rally banana at the top of the lineup did nothing to spark any offense, so let’s all stay tuned to see what tricks the skipper pulls out of his cleats tomorrow night.
Scott Kazmir went 6 innings with 7 hits, 2 runs, 1 walk, 6 Ks. ERA 5.76