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Marlins 5, Dodgers 4: Good Game, Worst Ending

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It wouldn’t be a 2014 Dodger game without some stress. This game was close as well, but the ending overshadows everything else. With a runner on third and two outs in a tie game in the ninth, Jeff Baker sent a fly ball to left over Yasiel Puig‘s head. With the game on the line, Puig jumped for the ball. He missed the catch by inches and the Marlins won. More importantly, Puig was injured on the play. The ball, caroming off the wall, hit Puig in the face. He also crashed into the narrow padding strip of the wall shoulder-first. As the Marlins were celebrating their victory, Puig was helped off the field by trainer Stan Conte. The specific injury (head, shoulder, etc) was unclear at the time of the play. There will be more on this to come, I’m sure.

UPDATE: Per Ken Gurnick, concussion tests on Puig were negative. He also landed hard on his ankle and hit the wall hard with his leg. Puig is currently being listed as day-to-day, but it’s almost guaranteed that he will sit tomorrow.

The game’s end overshadowed what was a surprisingly good match-up between Stephen Fife and Jose Fernandez. Tasked with an emergency spot start, Fife looked okay on the mound today. His biggest issue was the long-ball. He allowed three, including two to Giancarlo Stanton. It turns out that you shouldn’t throw fastballs down the middle to Stanton. Weird. The second home run left Stanton’s bat at 114 MPH, per the Marlins’ broadcast. Christian Yelich also hit one to the second deck in right. Fife lasted six (plus) innings. He struck out five batters and walked one.

The “plus” part wasn’t without its controversy. Fife hit for himself leading off the top of the seventh after throwing 97 pitches in his first six innings. In a vacuum, the decision was puzzling, but the bullpen threw 102 pitches yesterday and 172 pitches two days before that, so it’s hard to fault Don Mattingly too much for trying to squeeze some additional outs from his starter. Fife didn’t make the decision look better in hindsight, walking Adeiny Hechavarria and hitting Reed Johnson before being removed for J.P. Howell, who got all three outs without allowing the inherited runners to score.

Jamey Wright contributed a scoreless eighth before allowing the winning run to score in the ninth. Kenley Jansen would probably have been a better choice to pitch in the ninth, but if the game went into extra innings only getting one inning from the long man would have shortened the game considerably. It was potentially still the wrong choice, but at least it was defensible.

On offense, the Dodgers actually hit Fernandez pretty well. All three of the runs against Fernandez were scored with two outs. Two runs scored in the third, including Puig on a passed ball. In the sixth, Carl Crawford doubled in Adrian Gonzalez, and after an intentional walk to Juan Uribe, Drew Butera was left to bat with the bases loaded and two outs. Nearly all managers in baseball would leave in Butera in that situation, but one can’t help but think about Andre Ethier‘s chances in that situation instead, especially since the Dodgers pinch-hit for Butera in the ninth. After all was said and done, Fernandez lasted seven innings, striking out 10 batters but walking 4.

There was a bit of a subplot between Hanley Ramirez and Fernandez during the game as well. In the first inning, Hanley hit a comebacker. Fernandez knocked it down with his bare hand, then stared at Hanley before throwing him out. Ramirez seemed to take a bit of offense to the stare, yelling something at Fernandez before returning to the dugout. Hanley singled against Fernandez in the third, driving in the Dodgers’ first run. The pair faced off again in the top of the sixth. Fernandez struck out Hanley looking on a nasty outside slider. The pair smiled at each other as Hanley walked back to the dugout.

After Fernandez was removed, the Dodgers failed to score against Mike Dunn in the eighth, but they tied the game up in the top of the ninth. Against A.J. Ramos, Chone Figgins walked. Ethier blooped a ball into right field. Stanton dove for the ball, but missed. The ball got past Stanton and Figgins scored from first. Unfortunately, the Dodgers couldn’t bring in the go-ahead run from second base with no outs and the game ended with Puig crashing into the fence in the ninth.

After losing the rubber game against the Marlins, the Dodgers will now travel to Washington to face the Nationals. Zack Greinke will face Jordan Zimmermann at 4:05PM Pacific time.

In random procedural news, Nick Buss was claimed off waivers by the Athletics today. If he ends up at the big league level, he’ll get to unite with hitting coach Chili Davis, who inspired Buss’ middle name. It’d be a cool moment, if nothing else.


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.


218 comments
DBrim
DBrim moderator

An hour or so, probably?

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Per hittracker that second Stanton HR left the bat at 119.9MPH

Math Cosmos Feline
Math Cosmos Feline

This is a great re-cap. I missed the final inning, I had no idea he got injured. This sucks. 

 Kyle
Kyle

Guys, you should send me naked pictures of yourselves.

efb
efb

First you wanna kill me, now you wanna kiss me. Blow.

Ryu's Hadouken
Ryu's Hadouken

The ole Beethoven colab when he did written word stuff, ya know. 

 Kyle
Kyle

The Giants losing some games would be swell. 

YeahYeahNahs
YeahYeahNahs

Dee Gordon really should make the All Star team. Outside of Chase Utley, the rest of the 2nd basemen in the NL are either average or terrible.

YeahYeahNahs
YeahYeahNahs

@ryus_hadouken @YeahYeahNahs  Stats.  Utley and Dee are at the top. Next best guy is Bonifacio, and then a huge drop off.

I think Dee can maintain himself. He's striking out less this year than last (19% to 14%), and he's cut down on hitting fly balls (last year 30% this year only 18%).

Ryu's Hadouken
Ryu's Hadouken

@YeahYeahNahs  The top of batting average, yes. But averages can fluctuate this early and with small samples. Dee barely went up to top 5 these past few games and is already on the way down (I think). 


I don't mind fly balls. ISO, linedrives, and spraying it across the field is what I want to see get better/continue from Dee. He's got more muscle mass and shows that when he swings and makes contact, now he's got to put the two together to really threaten. Otherwise, the league defense will probably catch up and/or teams will find defensive shifts, etc. 


So far so good.

Ryu's Hadouken
Ryu's Hadouken

@YeahYeahNahs  Looking at Dee's projections (before the season) there's also an argument to be made about "comeback player of the year" honors. 

 Kyle
Kyle

Winning this next series would be good.

YeahYeahNahs
YeahYeahNahs

SF Giants 20-11 mark is their best start to a season since 2003 when they started 22-9. 

2003 they finished 100-61. But lost to the Marlins in the division round. I recall a Giants Of'er dropping a foul ball in that series, I just cant remember who. 

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Nothing Dee could do on that one. Such a good pitch.

Lobo
Lobo

@DBrim WHAT THE HOLY FUCK HOW DID HE DO THAT?

DBrim
DBrim moderator

@Lobo @DBrim  The recap mentioned the pitch specifically at one point but I cut it once I realized I didn't need to pad length.

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

Cain on the DL. Does that mean he misses the LA series?

DBrim
DBrim moderator

@Purple Drank  Can return on the 9th I think. He hasn't pitched since April 23rd.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Holiday Holiday'd

Ryu's Hadouken
Ryu's Hadouken

According to Fangraphs database, Dee Gordon is on his way to being the Dodgers lifetime leader in Speed Score (circa 2000, over 700 PA's). 


Second to only Dave Roberts. Neat!


Ryu's Hadouken
Ryu's Hadouken

I have no idea, tbh. But, It was invented by some Bill James fella. And,


but the FanGraphs version consists of, “…Stolen Base Percentage, Frequency of Stolen Base Attempts, Percentage of Triples, and Runs Scored Percentage.”


So that's it. :)

Ryu's Hadouken
Ryu's Hadouken

There's "components" to it, but I don't know the arithmetic or formula used. Fangraphs doesn't go beyond saying they use a "four component version" of speed score. 

Ryu's Hadouken
Ryu's Hadouken

@TellMyWifeISaidHello Dee is leading the Dodgers in both:


A) Making contact @ pitches in k-zone

B) Making contact @ pitches outside k-zone (17th and 13th in overall of MLB, respectively)


And I like that. My intuition says this could mean Dee's seeing the ball well enough and putting the ball in play well enough to force the defense to lower his OBP. Which, good luck when Dee get's a hold of pitch he can ground the way Maury Wills and Lopes are teaching him. 


Ryu's Hadouken
Ryu's Hadouken

@DBrim Sweet! Looking forward to a disection of this guy. Lord know's I've been looking up a few advanced stats and scores and other nonsensical stuff. :P

Ryu's Hadouken
Ryu's Hadouken

He'll probably be used as a pinch runner at worst. lol!

YeahYeahNahs
YeahYeahNahs

@ryus_hadouken  Dee Gordon's going to make the All Star team if he does not completely tank. He may still make it if Dodgers fans actually fill out the all star votes

moneynow27
moneynow27

@ryus_hadouken  

Dee Gordon is the most exciting Dodger player to watch since.....Yasiel Puig.  The knock on Gordon was OBP and defense, and he's reversed both dramatically.  20 steals the first month of the year......look out Maury Wills.