Dodgers 11, Marlins 1: Kendrick and Ethier lead the way

Sure, the Dodgers’ offense was, again, amazing, but did you see that home run by Giancarlo Stanton?

Yeah, it moved. He became just the fourth player to hit a ball out of Dodger Stadium. He joined Willie Stargell (who did it twice), Mike Piazza and Mark McGwire. That’s some choice company.

Unfortunately for the Fish, that was about it, as the Dodgers took them down by a score of 11-1 on Tuesday night. The league’s best offense was just that once again, scoring 11 runs on a season-high 21 hits.

Howie Kendrick got things started with a home run to right field — his first homer since April 25. Since then, he’s hitting .260/.327/.320, so a 4-for-5 night was just what he needed. Andre Ethier had himself a night, going 5-for-5 with his fifth home run of the season — more than he hit in the entire 2014 season. Resurgent Ethier is an amazing sight to behold. Each Dodger starter not named Joc Pederson (1-for-6) and Adrian Gonzalez (1-for-3, RBI double, two runs scored) had at least two hits — even Jimmy Rollins.

They scored nine runs in the span of two innings (fifth and sixth), as they roughed up old friend Dan Haren (4 innings, 11 hits, 6 runs). That was to be expected.

I know, batting average, but that’s still impressive. Something something depth.

Mike Bolsinger was recalled earlier in the day to make the start, and he nearly duplicated his outing against the Giants a few weeks ago: 5 2/3 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, 87 pitches, 55 strikes, 9/2 GO/AO. If he can somehow keep this up, he might stick on the 25-man roster a bit longer this time around.

The Dodgers (22-10) finish their 3-game series with the Marlins (15-19) on Wednesday afternoon. Carlos Frias (3-0, 2.13 ERA) takes on Jared Cosart (1-3, 3.67). First pitch is scheduled for 4:50 p.m. Pacific time, for some reason.

About Dustin Nosler

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Dustin Nosler began writing about the Dodgers in July 2009 at his blog, Feelin' Kinda Blue. He co-hosted a weekly podcast with Jared Massey called Dugout Blues. He was a contributor/editor at The Hardball Times and True Blue LA. 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.