Marlins 4, Dodgers 2: Justin Turner returns but nothing changes

Mired in a horrible stretch where they have lost seven of their last eight, the Dodgers looked to get right on the road with the return of Justin Turner and Logan Forsythe. Well, this didn’t work as the turning point either, as the offense failed to hit and the bullpen sucked again for a 4-2 loss.

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The Dodgers almost have to being trying at this point to be this bad in clutch situations. Today they failed in the 1st, 3rd, 4th, and 5th innings with chances to score, ending the game 0-for-7 with RISP.

They did get on the board in the 7th, where Yasiel Puig proved the value of hitting homers … you just get the run.

Cody Bellinger then did the same in the 9th … but it was a solo shot again.

Predictably that just didn’t end up enough.

Alex Wood did admirable work, allowing just two runs (one earned) and striking out five in six frames. Wood was unlucky to give up two runs (one earned), as he walked none and gave up nine hits … all singles.

The unearned run came after allowing back-to-back singles to start the game in the 1st, he got a strikeout and then induced what seemed like a 6-4-3 double play. However, Forsythe spiked the throw to first and Bellinger was surprisingly unable to dig it out, and a run crossed the plate. A similar scenario played out in the 4th, as back-to-back singles started the threat, and eventually Miguel Rojas got a sacrifice fly for an earned run.

Adam Liberatore started in relief by allowing a double and a bunt advanced him. JT Chargois got the strikeout but then allowed a double to score a run, then gave up a walk and a single for another before the inning ended. Pat Venditte pitched a scoreless inning, but it didn’t matter much.

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The loss drops the Dodgers to 16-25 overall and 8-12 away from home. They do this tomorrow at 1:10 PM HST/4:10 PM PST/7:10 PM EST, sending Walker Buehler to the mound against Caleb Smith.

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