The Dodgers had dropped three games to the Marlins, only avoiding a sweep because it was a four-game series. Could Kenta Maeda, the Dodgers’ number two starter, who pitches in the number three slot, be a stopper-san and break the Dodgers’ losing streak? How would the recently anemic Dodgers’ bats do against Miami’s Jose Fernandez?
There would also be some drama around the first matchup between Maeda and Ichiro.
In last night’s post game, we mentioned that we’d check on what tricks to steal a win the skipper had up his blue sleeves. For one, Howie Hendrick started at third. (He missed the first ball hit to him, which traveled for a Marlin double.)
Spoiler alert: It was an omen.
Maeda faced Ichiro for the first time. He got him on a strike out.
J.T. Realmuto took Maeda deep to CF for a home run.
4th inning Dodgers 2-1
Maeda vs Ichiro Round 2. Pop up to third.
Of the last six batters, five strike outs.
5th inning Dodgers 2-1
Utley, lead off walk.
Single by Seager. Two men on, but we saw this earlier tonight with no results. No results this time either. just how long was that one-run lead going to hold up?
7th inning. Dodgers 2-1
Maeda vs Ichiro Round 3. Flair hit beyond second, caught by Corey Seager. Maeda wins the Ichiro battle, but he’s about to lose the Marlins war.
Maeda was allowed to throw the most pitches he had all season – 101.
Dee Gordon singled on pitch number 101, tying the game at two apiece.
Pedro Baez came in and quickly gave up another score, which flipped Jose Fernandez from potential losing pitcher to potential winner.
And then Dee Gordon hopped around at third base, causing Baez to balk him home. Fish 4 Dodgers 2.
The pattern I mentioned above was the Dodgers score cheap runs early and then never score again. They haven’t scored a late inning run since the wacky game in Colorado last weekend.
Would they finally break that pattern?
Gonzalez came up for the fourth time with two runners on.
The mess that unfolded isn’t worth the time it would take to describe it. Nobody scored, nuff said.
8th inning Marlins 4-2
Giancarlo Stanton homered again, burying the Dodgers deeper still.
9th inning Marlins 5-2
The Dodgers kicked around a bit and scored one run. That was all, and the broom was put into play.
Few said it out loud, but many in Dodgers Nation knew that measly 2-1 lead was not going to hold up and win. The Dodgers never scored in the middle innings and they lost. Miami went from dropping five straight series in Dodger Stadium to a four-game sweep.
Next up is another supposedly bad team, the Padres. I’ll wait before declaring who the bad team really is until after the dust settles on that series.
Kenta Maeda (3-1) went 6 2/3 innings, 7 hits, 4 runs, 1 walk, 5 K’s. ERA 1.41
Double: Yasmani Grandal
Team with RISP: 2 for 14 Can’t win with those kind of numbers.