It hadda happen sooner or later folks, the Dodgers beat the Marlins today and snapped their losing streak at six games. Led by the fantastic pitching of Kenta Maeda and the red hot bat of the red-haired Justin Turner, the Dodgers were able to avoid using the bullpen until the ninth inning, and chalk up a much-needed win right before heading off to their next hurdle – the Washington Nationals.
Kenta Maeda pitched a masterpiece. He threw eight scoreless innings, giving up only two hits and no walks, finishing strong by retiring the last 17 batters he faced. I was hoping a bit to see Maeda get the ball in the ninth for a CG win, but Kenley Jansen hadn’t worked in about a week, so it was a foregone conclusion that he was going to get the ball to close out the game.
I was watching the game with my nephew and called the over/under for Kenley at 2 base runners and 25 pitches. I was pretty close, as Jansen allowed his usual two base runners and it took 24 pitches to get the job done. That said, no one scored, so there’s that.
It takes more than stellar pitching to win, of course, and the Dodgers’ offense took care of things early today. Justin Turner, fresh off the disabled list, did exactly what the Dodgers were hoping for. He sparked the offense with a three-for-four afternoon, which included two doubles and a career-high five RBIs.
Turner led things off with a bases loaded double in the third inning…
Matt Kemp followed up with a double to score Turner…
The Dodgers got fat off the Marlins’ bullpen today as Turner punched in another run-scoring double
Justin Turner is on a three-game hitting streak, and Yasiel Puig has hit the long ball lately, so look out Dodger fans. The boys seem to be heating up right in time for Washington. Now if they can just find a way to avoid using the bullpen for the rest of the season.