Marlins 3, Dodgers 2: Clayton Kershaw good again, but not good enough

No Giancarlo Stanton, no problem for the Marlins against the Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers, as the Fish on Saturday prevailed 3-2.

The Dodgers actually struck first with a home run Justin Turner, because apparently that’s all he does now is hit the ball really hard. He finished 2-for-4 with that homer, his 11th. He was the only Dodger to record multiple hits against Tom Koehler, who threw seven innings of 2-run ball.

Kershaw was again good, but he gave up three runs — one of which was earned. He also struck out at least nine batters for the fifth consecutive start. He finished with this line: 7 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 9 K, 101 pitches, 73 strikes, 7/0 GO/AO. Normally, that line would be good enough for the Dodgers to get a win, but it didn’t happen today. Silver lining: This was the first time since June 6 Kershaw didn’t allow a home run, so that’s good.

The three runs scored on two errors and a wild pitch. Both errors could have been avoided, as Turner didn’t come off the bag at third base to field a throw from Andre Ethier and Joc Pederson misplayed a line drive that popped out of his glove. This was uncharacteristic for a team 11th in FanGraphs’ defensive rating and sixth in UZR/150. But, those things happen.

Dee Gordon was a defensive star, as he teamed with Adeiny Hechavarria to turn a spectacular double play in the fourth inning. Gordon also robbed Ethier of at least a single just before that double play.

The Dodgers fall to 42-34 on the season. Zack Greinke (5-2, 1.70 ERA) gets the call for a Sunday morning game against 23-year-old Jose Urena (1-3, 4.34). First pitch is scheduled for 10:10 a.m. Pacific time. I don’t know about you, but I might not even be awake by that time.

About Dustin Nosler

Dustin Nosler
Dustin Nosler began writing about the Dodgers in July 2009 at his blog, Feelin' Kinda Blue. He co-hosts a weekly podcast with Jared Massey called Dugout Blues. He is a contributor/editor at The Hardball Times. He graduated from California State University, Sacramento, with his bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in digital media. While at CSUS, he worked for the student-run newspaper The State Hornet for three years, culminating with a 1-year term as editor-in-chief. He resides in Stockton, Calif.