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FSM Essential Recap: Dodgers vs. Marlins – Series 13

Los Angeles Dodgers (22-18)  |  Miami Marlins (18-22)


There are three types of baseball players: those who make it happen, those who watch it happen, and those who wonder what happens.”

– Tommy Lasorda


Game 3:


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The bullpen gave the Dodgers nine strong innings, but the offense couldn’t provide more than two runs as L.A. dropped the series finale to the Marlins, 3-2.

For the game, L.A. actually out-hit Miami 10-6, but they failed to capitalize on opportunities when given them. They stranded eight runners on base and were 3-for-8 with runners in scoring position.

The true difference-maker in the game was an error from Sheldon Neuse in the fifth inning. Marlins pitcher Pablo Lopez reached to lead off the inning thanks to an error from Neuse, who took Chris Taylor’s spot in the lineup right before the first pitch. Instead of one out and nobody one, Miami had a baserunner. With two on and two out, Adam Duvall crushed (and I mean crushed) a homer to left field, putting Miami up 3-2. Duvall should have never been up, as the inning should have been over the batter prior.

In total, Jimmy Nelson, Alex Vesia, Dennis Santana, Edwin Uceta, Joe Kelly, and Mitch White provided the Dodgers will a solid bullpen outing. They struck out 12 and allowed only six hits, plus the three runs were unearned.

Unfortunately, the offense couldn’t take advantage of their solid performance. They scored two runs in the second inning, but those were the only runs for the day. Mookie Betts led off the fifth with a double but was thrown out at home trying to score on a hit from Matt Beaty. In the eighth, back-to-back hits put runners on the corners with two outs. Luke Raley stepped up to the plate only to struck out to end the rally.

Then in the ninth, Austin Barnes singled with one out, but the Dodgers couldn’t deliver the big hit to either tie the game or win the game.

L.A. still ends up winning the series, and the defending World Series Champions have won four of their last five games. They are now two games out of first place.


Game 3 Boxscore:


WP: Pablo Lopez (1-3 / 3.12 ERA)

LP: Edwin Uceta (0-2 / 2.45 ERA)

SV: Yimi Garcia (7)

HR: Adam Duvall (8)


The Dodgers welcome the Arizona Diamond Backs to Dodger Stadium Monday. Walker Buehler takes the hill against long-time Dodgers rival Madison Bumgarner. The first pitch is at 7:10 and can be seen on SportsNet LA and MLB Network (if you’re out of town).



Game 2:


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Trevor Bauer dominates against the Marlins and helps the Dodgers get a series win after going 7 scoreless innings.

Bauer gave the Dodgers seven strong innings, and they gave him run support. L.A. picked up the 7-0 victory over the Marlins on Saturday, securing their second consecutive series win. After not winning a series in what felt like years, winning two in a row sure feels nice. They’ve won four games in a row and five of their last six games.

Let’s start with Bauer because, yet again, he was fantastic. He threw seven scoreless innings, allowing only two hits. For the game, he struck out 10, and those 10 came within his first four innings of work. Bauer didn’t record one strikeout over his final three innings of action.

For the game, Bauer had 21 whiffs, and 15 called strikes. So far at Dodger Stadium this season, Bauer has allowed only two runs in 20 innings and has 28 strikeouts.


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As for the offense, they finally gave Bauer some run support. Over his last three starts, the Dodgers had scored a combined one run when he exited the game. They had scored five runs over his previous five outings.

They scored two in the fourth to jump on the board. To begin the inning, L.A. was able to load the bases for Chris Taylor without recording an out. Taylor walked, bringing in the first run of the night. Gavin Lux then grounded out, bringing in the second run.

An inning later, L.A. added two more runs to double the lead. Mookie Betts walked, and Corey Seager was hit on the hand by a pitch. As of now, there’s no update on Seager, so hopefully, for Dodgers fans, he’ll just have a huge bruise.

With two on, Max Muncy singled in Betts, giving L.A. the 3-0 edge. After a Will Smith walk, Taylor brought in a run with a groundout, making it a 4-0 ballgame.

The Dodgers didn’t need it, but they added three insurance runs in the eighth inning. They loaded the bases to begin the inning, truly doing it all with a single, walk and hit by pitch. With the bases juiced, DJ Peters stepped up to the plate. He singled in two runs for his first pair of RBI in his career. Mookie Betts brought in a run with a sacrifice fly to make it 7-0.

Joe Kelly, who hadn’t pitched in more than a week, threw a scoreless ninth inning to shut things down.


Game 2 Boxscore:


WP: Trevor Bauer (4-2  / 2.20 ERA)

LP: Jordan Holloway (1-2  / 2.70 ERA)


The Dodgers go for the sweep this afternoon with Jimmy Nelson getting his first start of the year for the Dodgers. The Marlins will start Pablo Lopez with the first pitch scheduled for 1:10 pm and can be seen on SportsNet LA.



Game 1:


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The World Champion Los Angeles Dodgers officially have a winning streak after winning 3 in a row and 4 of their last 5.

The offense showed up, Clayton Kershaw struck out 11, and the Dodgers officially have a winning streak, as they won their third straight game, taking down the Marlins 9-6.

The Dodgers really opened up the flood gates in the second inning. They scored eight runs, all while the Marlins could record only one out. Chris Taylor walked to lead off the inning, and Gavin Lux followed with a double. The first run came in on an AJ Pollock single and then two more on an Austin Barnes double. While running to third, Pollock re-injured his left hamstring and exited the game.

Clayton Kershaw, who is looking to add a Silver Slugger to his trophy case, brought in a run with a single. On the season, Kershaw is hitting .308 with two RBI. It won’t take much, so he has a legitimate campaign so far.

The hitting just kept on coming, as Mookie Betts and Corey Seager had back-to-back hits to give L.A. a 5-0 lead. The first six hitters of the inning reached base, with the last five reaching with a hit. After Justin Turner struck out for the first out, Max Muncy crushed his eighth home run of the season and his third over his last three games to give L.A. the 8-0 lead.

Sandy Alcantara, who had been fantastic for the Marlins all season, was chased after 1 13innings. His eight earned runs pushed his ERA from just above two to above four.


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It was a good thing the Dodgers offense gave Kershaw that big of a cushion because he needed it. For the most part, Kershaw looked like his vintage self. In his six innings of work, he struck out 11 and issued only one walk, the 29th time that he’s done that in his career. However, the Marlins still hit him hard.

Kershaw allowed five runs on six hits. Four of the runs came in the third inning, and they came with two outs. Garrett Cooper singled in a run, and then Adam Duvall crushed a three-run homer into the Dodgers bullpen. Cooper struck again in the fifth as he doubled in a run to bring Miami to within three runs. The Marlins brought the tying run to the plate with one out, but Kershaw escaped the jam.

Miami had the go-ahead run at the plate in the eighth inning. After Dennis Santana loaded the bases, Victor Gonzalez relieved him with two outs. He hit his first batter, putting the tying run on first base and bringing the potential go-ahead run to the plate. Luckily, Gonzalez has ice in his veins and got the strikeout to escape the inning with the three-run lead.

Kenley Jansen came in and pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning to secure the save.


Game 1 Boxscore:


WP: Clayton Kershaw (6-3 / 3.20 ERA)

LP: Sandy Alcantara (1-3 / 4.06 ERA)

HR: Max Muncy (8) Adam Duvall (7)


The Dodgers and Marlins are right back at it today in game 2 game of their 3 game series. First pitch between Trevor Bauer will be facing a yet to be determined Marlin starter at 6:10. The game can be seen on SportsNet LA.


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