The Dodgers got the win on the back of Brett Anderson, who has continued his run of excellence after a rough April (5.49 ERA). In the last two months, Anderson has a 2.47 ERA, which includes today’s dominant start. In seven innings of work, Anderson allowed just a single run and struck out 10. Anderson walked one and allowed five singles, but only one Marlins player managed to even hit a fly ball off him on the day. Anderson now has a 3.13 ERA and a 3.44 FIP and 3.36 xFIP to back it, suggesting nothing he’s done so far has been a fluke.
Of course, it helped that the offense came with the wood today against rookie Justin Nicolino and company, compiling seven runs on 13 hits and four walks, including a two-run homer in the second from Scott Van Slyke that secured a Dodgers lead they wouldn’t surrender the rest of the game. After the Marlins manufactured a run in the first, thus probably sending Kevin Kennedy into endless orgasms, the Dodgers took over. Following the aforementioned SVS dinger, two runs scored on a Jimmy Rollins single in the fourth, and yet another came home on an Anderson single. In the fifth they struck again for a run behind an Alex Guerrero bases loaded single, and Howie Kendrick added an insurance run in the eighth with a single of his own.
Adam Liberatore pitched a scoreless eighth, allowing a single but then striking out the side, which setup Pedro Baez‘s return from the DL. Baez looked like his normal self, pumping fastballs at 96-98 mph, and he also struck out the side in the ninth to finish up the game.
-Kendrick went 4-for-5 on the night to lead the Dodgers, with Adrian Gonzalez and Guerrero having the other multi-hit evenings.
–Yasiel Puig pinch-hit and played the field, suggesting he’s about ready to enter the starting lineup again.
–Joc Pederson hit a double to dead center that missed being a homer by about a foot, and that was the Dodgers only other extra-base hit of the game besides the SVS dinger. Everybody wanted more hits and less dingers, right? Wheeeee…