The Dodgers dropped the second game of the four-game series with the Marlins by a score of 6-3, and this is playing out a lot like the four-game series with the Giants earlier in the year, so maybe the Dodgers should just never play four-game series again.
It is, of course, surprising to type those words because the starting pitcher tonight was Clayton Kershaw, but thanks to a sixth inning meltdown and/or a run of unfortunate luck, the Dodgers are now 12-9 on the year and 4-4 at home.
The Dodgers sent Kershaw to the mound tonight, which is generally always a welcome sight, and for a while it was business as usual. Kershaw was perfect through five innings, at least aside from this Carl Crawford defensive boner on literally the first ball he’s fielded back from the disabled list.
The sixth was the disaster inning for Kershaw and the Dodgers. With one down, Miguel Rojas of The Miguel Rojas Trade blooped a double to left and Dee Gordon followed with an infield single. Martin Prado then singled to score Rojas, and Yelich followed with another single to score Gordon. But those weren’t the killer blows, as that came from who else but Giancarlo Stanton, who bombed a three-run homer to center.
Kershaw went another scoreless inning after that, and finished with 10 strikeouts, no walks, and only seven hits allowed. However, what happened today was surprising because we haven’t seen it in like four years.
Clayton Kershaw has allowed 5 ER in a regular season home game for the first time since May 30, 2012 vs. the Brewers, 61 starts ago.
— Andrew Simon (@AndrewSimonMLB) April 27, 2016
J.P. Howell, Louis Coleman, and Chris Hatcher combined for two innings out of the bullpen, but the Marlins did add another run to their tally.
Not that it mattered, of course, as the Dodgers offense managed just five hits and four walks. They managed to drive in just one batter, on a double by Kershaw, and the other two runs were scored on an error and a wild pitch, which basically sums up the offensive effort today.
The Dodgers play the Marlins again tomorrow, and I bet everybody has a ton of confidence in Scott Kazmir (1-1, 6.63 ERA) in his duel with Justin Nicolino (0-0, 0.00 ERA), who is making his 2016 debut.
-What a miserable sport this is.