Dodgers 2, Marlins 1: Trayce Thompson ties the game then saves the game

After a seven-game road trip, the Dodgers returned home and looked a bit jetlagged, struggling on offense for most of the game. But in the end they made a late comeback and won 2-1 over the Marlins, making it five times in a row now they’ve won following losses, which obviously helps them avoid any type of losing streak.

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Tyler Anderson has been great for the Dodgers all year and that continued tonight. He retired the first six in a row before running into any trouble, giving up a single and double in the 3rd but keeping things scoreless. Anderson then faced the minimum in the 4th after he erased a walk with a pickoff to end the frame.

It was at that point where he found himself in some sort of trouble in the rest of the innings. They were half-chances initially with a two-out double in the 5th and a single and a walk with two down in the 6th, but in the 7th he was greeted with a lead-off double. After keeping him at second for two outs, it looked like Anderson might escape again, but it was one too many chances and Jerar Encarnacion doubled on a 0-2 change that caught too much plate to put the Marlins ahead 1-0.

While Anderson exited the game losing, it certainly wasn’t on him: 7 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 6 K, 99 Pitches.

On the other side, things actually started with a lot of promise against young Marlins starter Jesus Luzardo, as Mookie Betts led things off for the offense in the 1st with a double on the first pitch he saw, but the lineup’s recent struggles with RISP continued as he didn’t move from second. Much of the same played out in the 3rd after back-to-back one-out singles, and the Dodgers actually didn’t get another RISP against Luzardo before he exited due to pitch count with one out in the 7th.

Before he exited, Justin Turner singled and was on first, which proved important when Trayce Thompson stepped up with two outs against reliever Steven Okert for a triple double and an error that plated JT and tied the game at 1-1.

The Dodgers then faced old friend Dylan Floro in the 8th, and Mookie led things off with a triple after a brutal decision to go for the catch by Brian Anderson in right. After a groundout into the drawn-in fielders, Freddie Freeman was intentionally walked to corner the runners.

The Marlins then had another defensive boner, as Will Smith hit a grounder to third that was fielded, but apparently assuming they’d go for the double play, catcher Jacob Stallings vacated home plate to go backup first and the run scored.

Honestly unreal.

For the Dodgers pen, it was Chris Martin in the 8th, who got a clean inning with a strikeout.

He turned things over to Evan Phillips for the save in the 9th, who didn’t get anything drama-free, but got a 1-2-3 frame of his own thanks to a Trayce catch in center.

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Misery.

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82-36 on the year and 41-15 at home.

TEAMCHASEGAMES
MetsMLB6 Up
MetsNL6 Up
PadresNL West17.5* Up

*Game ongoing.

The series continues tomorrow at 3:10 PM HT/6:10 PM PT/9:10 PM ET with the return of Waluigi Dustin May to the mound against Braxton Garrett.

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