There were plenty of story lines in tonight’s game to pick from: Joc Pederson’s multiple home runs, the return of Andre Ethier, a circus catch that only Yasiel Puig could make in that moment. But the real story tonight was Rich Hill and the perfect game that was not allowed to be.
Through the first four innings it was push against shove, with nobody scoring.
And then things got very interesting.
The Dodgers only had three hits by that point, but incredibly, Rich Hill was throwing even better. The Marlins did not have a single hit, and every batter up had been sent back down.
12 in a row put down by Hill. Joc Pederson had three straight fly balls hit to him, and they weren’t all cans of corn.
Joc Pederson followed up his glove prowess with some woodwork. Home run. 1-0
15 up, 15 down with a half-dozen Ks for Rich Hill.
6th inning 1-0
A lead off, four pitch walk came back to bite the Marlins as Corey Seager hit his 25th home run with a man on. 3-0
Justin Turner went back to back with Seager. He went to the opposite field with a solo homer. 4-0
9 Ks and 18 in a row retired! Wow!
7th inning 4-0
Joc Pederson went KA-BOOM again! 5-0
Rich Hill had two out when there was a bomb absolutely blasted to left field. And then Puig happened!
On the dead run, with his back to home plate, Puig left his feet and leapt forward, catching the ball to save the perfect game.
8th inning 5-0
Holy crap! The Dodgers shut down Hill’s perfect game. They pulled Hill for Joe Blanton. With two out, a ball glanced off Seager’s glove for the first hit of the game. Perfect game gone, no-hitter kaput – and Dave Roberts lost his spot on Rich Hill’s Christmas card list.
9th inning 5-0
With Dodgers fans gnashing their teeth over the yanking of Hill, Roberts tossed a crumb, and sent Andre Ethier up for his first at bat of the season.
Two on and two out for Ethier. A weak bouncer to first. 3u
Who cares who pitched the ninth?
Dodgers win! 5-0 (Rich Hill lost)
Blister Shmister: Rich Hill was perfect through the first seven innings. His curve ball was swerving and dipping all around the Marlins’ bats. He also benefited from strong Dodgers defense in the outfield. Rich Hill (after 7) is at 19 straight scoreless innings.
Then there was this news today: Scott Kazmir out indefinitely with thoracic spine inflammation.
ROY Watch: Corey Seager needs one more double to hit 25 homers and 40 doubles. He’ll be the first to do that since Albert Pujols.
The kid’s leather and wood skills were showcased tonight: This was the 4th time Joc Pederson has had a multi-home run game. He had two home runs, a base hit and a walk.
Welcome back, Andre Ethier!
Roberts makes history: Never before has a pitcher been lifted from a perfect game with at least seven innings pitched. Now Vin Scully can say he’s seen it all.
Rich Hill (W 12-3) went 7 innings with 0 hits, 0 runs, 0 HRs, 9 Ks. ERA 1.80
Team with RISP: 0 for 1 That was Ethier’s shot!