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Marlins 6, Dodgers 3: Weary Offense, Defense Fails To Back Beckett

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After last night’s marathon, the Dodger bats and defense didn’t look awake as they fell 6-3 to the Marlins.

Josh Beckett, who flew to Miami ahead of the team, pitched pretty well despite allowing four runs. Other than a home run to Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Beckett didn’t allow many hard-hit balls. He also struck out eight batters and walked one (four pitches to Christian Yelich leading off the first inning). Most importantly, he lasted 6-2/3 innings, giving an exhausted bullpen some much-needed rest. His breaking pitches looked pretty sharp and his velocity didn’t drop too much even though he threw 113 pitches. Seeing his endurance at this point less than a year after thoracic outlet syndrome surgery is a very good sign.

The Marlins’ second run scored in an odd fashion. With Saltalamacchia on first, Garrett Jones lined a ball to right. Puig broke a bit late and tipped the ball off his glove. He threw the ball to second, attempting to get Jones out (a throw to Adrian Gonzalez might have been a better choice). The throw was late to second, and after a long pause Hanley threw the ball home. The relay appeared to arrive on time, but Miguel Olivo dropped the ball and the run scored. Jones also scored the third run of the game as he continued to do his best Carlos Ruiz impression.

After Beckett was removed, the Dodgers defense gave up a few easy runs behind Jose Dominguez. Crawford bobbled a ball in left and turned it into a triple, Hanley booted a ball up the middle, and a ball was blooped between Gordon, Puig, and Gonzalez. After all was said and done, four runs scored in the seventh, allowing the Marlins to put the game away.

Tom Koehler, the Marlins starting pitcher, allowed just three hits in seven innings. Dee Gordon had three singles tonight (one on an excellent bunt) and a stolen base. Unfortunately, all other Dodgers combined for just four additional hits.Carl Crawford went 0-for-4, and his hitting line is down to .185/.212/.259. With the current outfield situation, it’s getting hard to imagine Crawford receiving regular playing time if he continues to hit like this for much longer.

Zach Lee pitched for the Isotopes tonight, which means that the only option remaining for Sunday’s start is Stephen Fife. The idea of watching Fife face Giancarlo Stanton is terrifying, but at least we’ll get to watch Jose Fernandez at the same time. The Isotopes added Nick Struck (which apparently is not a fake name) to replace Fife on their roster.


About

Daniel Brim grew up in the Los Angeles area and remains a Dodger fan despite currently residing in Salem, MA. As an engineer, he’s fascinated by the math and science behind the game of baseball, which probably explains a lot. He started “Blog To The Score” in late 2013 to dig deeper into the numbers behind the Dodgers. In its brief lifespan, it gained attention from local and national media. You can find him spending too much time in the comments section or on Twitter.


279 comments
DBrim
DBrim moderator

Oh hey, happy birthday Davey Lopes

PagansOedipalComplex
PagansOedipalComplex

Wonder if the Dodgers could deal some form of starting pitching or prospect for John Jaso

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Andruw Jones has 11 homers in Japan this year.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

@PagansOedipalComplex  His batted ball profile isn't terrible (15% LD rate), but man, he isn't striking anybody out.

capnsparrow
capnsparrow

@DBrim @PagansOedipalComplex  hes the only hurler the twinkies have that is getting them at least 6 innings per start on average. He went 9 yesterday and still lost. But at least hes gettin paid to be their only real starter

 Kyle
Kyle

Is the front page not loading new posts for anyone else?

insideThePark
insideThePark

What's the equivalent of that on an iPad? Same thing happening to me.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Dee Gordon post is getting delayed until Monday due to more newsy stuff. Still a new post in an hour or so.

capnsparrow
capnsparrow

@DBrim  Dee Gordon only has to keep it up fo another month and a half and he will prolly see his 1st all star game. Imagine that. Hahahahahahahaha   Other ballclubs telecasts are beginning to talk about him making the team.The Washington series has become a more important set now if we don't grab us a win or 2 here in Miami

insideThePark
insideThePark

Arguably, Beckett pitched well enough to get the win. Defense behind him let him down.

Raul Franklin
Raul Franklin

Nice summary DBrim. Gooooooodnight Ev'rybody.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

@Raul Franklin  Thanks! Good to get back in the swing of things. Another article from me in the morning.

capnsparrow
capnsparrow

@LA_Woman @capnsparrow  Lillard let a 3 pointer go with .4 seconds left on the clock and it went through the rim and swished Dirt Howards season down the toilet!