The Dodgers have a golden opportunity to get back into the race in the National League West standings. The Dbacks have now lost six straight and just lost their best player, AJ Pollack for at least 4 weeks with a thumb injury. Paul Goldschmidt (the former Dodger killer) is in the worst slump of his career, and the Dbacks have several other important guys out with injuries as well.
Now you would think that with Justin Turner and Logan Forsythe returning to the Dodger lineup would spark the club to a win over a lowly Marlin’s club that is designed with the sole purpose of losing. But it was just the same old suck for the 2018 Dodgers as they dropped their fifth consecutive game, losing to the Marlins 4-2 on Tuesday night in front of an empty Marlin’s Park. For the record, Dodger Stadium will be just as empty as Marlin’s Park in a few weeks if they continue to play this bad.
Dodgers 2 5 1
Marlins 4 12 0
Dodger’s starter Alex Wood pitched well, but received no run support in another losing effort. Wood is now 0-4, and winless on the season. Wood allowed just two runs (one earned) on nine hits and struck out five across six frames. As usual the Dodgers were losing within minutes of the game starting when Wood and the Dodgers allowed an unearned run in the bottom of the first.
Consecutive singles from Martin Prado and J.T. Realmuto (the new Dodger killer) preceded a botched double play ball from the bat of Brian Anderson. Cody Bellinger was unable to pick a low throw in the dirt from Logan Forsythe that allowed Prado to cross the plate and give the Fish a 1-0 lead.
Wood and the Dodgers allowed a second run in the bottom of the fourth after consecutive singles from Brian Anderson, and Justin Boar. Former Dodger Miguel Rojas’s sacrifice fly put the Dodgers down 2-0. Which is a seemingly insurmountable deficit with the Dodger’s dysfunctional and inept lineup.
The Dodgers were unable to hit Miami starter Wei-yin Chen and a collection of Vagabond Miami relievers. Chen tossed 4.1 innings allowing just three hits and three walks before being lifted in the top of the fifth inning. The Marlins used four relievers, (Nick Wittgren, Tayron Guerrero, Kyle Barraclough, and Brad Ziegler) to secure the win for the Fish.
The Dodgers had just five hits on the day, going 0 for 7 with runners in scoring position. They left six runners on base. The only semblance of offense for the Dodgers came on two solo home runs from Yasiel Puig, (in the seventh inning) and Cody Bellinger in the top of the ninth.
For the record Justin Turner went 1 for 4 with a single and Forsythe took a collar going 0 for 4 with two runners stranded. Turner left three runners stranded on his own. For the Fish, Realmuto had three hits and Justin Boar, Martin Prado and Brian Anderson each had two.
With the loss the Dodgers fall to 16-25 and have now lost five games in a row. Overall they have lost 15 of their last 20 games. The Dodgers continue their quest for the worst record in baseball as the series in south beach marches on. Walker Buehler will take on young left hander Caleb Smith as the Dodgers go for their sixth straight loss.