Adrián González looked like himself on Sunday afternoon as he went 3-4 with three RBIs, leading the Dodgers to a 6-3 win over the Marlins. Brandon McCarthy held the Marlins to one run over six solid innings, allowing only three hits, walking one batter, and striking out five.
McCarthy looked very comfortable on the mound on Sunday afternoon, throwing 75 pitches, 54 for strikes. He used a lot of ground balls to get outs, which is better for his pitch count. McCarthy’s dominance showed early in the game when he didn’t allow a baserunner until Derek Dietrich doubled with two outs in the fifth inning. After that, former Dodger A.J. Ellis drove him in with a single, making it a 3-1 game. McCarthy pitched his way out of a jam in the sixth inning by inducing two ground outs.
The Dodgers got Marlins’ pitcher Vance Worley in a jam with two outs in the first inning. Cody Bellinger singled with two outs, then Yasmani Grandal doubled to left field, putting runners on second and third for González. With a 2-2 count, Worley threw González a fastball high and over the plate. González pulled it down the right field line it bounced then hit the wall and both runners scored on González’s two-run double.
The Dodgers extended their lead in the fourth inning with help from Joc Pederson. Pederson was leading off the inning and in a 1-1 count, he hit a cutter from Worley into the Marlins bullpen. Giancarlo Stanton, who seems to never give up, chased that ball the entire way, running into the bullpen gate, opening and breaking it. The effort was not enough to steal a home run from Joc and the Dodgers took a 3-0 lead.
In the fifth, Adrián González extended the Dodgers lead against Marlins’ reliever Jarlin García. With two outs, Yasmani Grandal doubled to left field, bringing A-Gon to the plate with a runner in scoring position. In a 2-1 count, González got a fastball over the outer half of the plate. Instead of trying to pull the ball, González drove it to left-center field. Grandal scored on the RBI single by Gonález, giving the Dodgers a 4-1 lead.
In the sixth, the Dodgers got Brad Ziegler into a jam. Pederson led off the inning and the first pitch hit him. This does not sound like much, but during Saturday night’s game, with the bases loaded, Ziegler threw behind Pederson on the first pitch. I’m not either one of them so I don’t know this for sure, but it looks like it has to be intentional. Kiké Hernández then doubled, putting runners on second and third. Brett Eibner entered the game as a pinch-hitter and on the first pitch, hit a sinker into left field. Both runners scored and the Dodgers had a 6-1 lead.
Kenley Jansen entered the game in the ninth inning to record the final three outs and give the Dodgers a 6-2 win. The inning did not turn out the way the Dodgers hoped, as Justin Bour drove a 1-1 cutter over the wall in left-center field, cutting the Dodgers lead to 6-3. Deitrich then singled before Jansen got his former teammate, A.J. Ellis to pop out in foul territory. Jansen then got J.T. Riddle to ground into a double play, sealing the win for the Dodgers.
Keys To The Game:
Robbery In The Infield:
In the third inning, J.T. Riddle hit a Brandon McCarthy sinker hard to the right side of second base. It looked like a single for sure, but the man who claims to be 38, Chase Utley, made a terrific diving play then threw from his knees to rob Riddle of a single.
Stanton’s Jumping Abilities:
Giancarlo Stanton broke the bullpen gate at Dodger Stadium on Sunday afternoon, and he nearly broke the face of his teammate Dee Gordon. In the fourth inning, when Joc Pederson hit his home run, Stanton did not stop running until the bullpen gate stopped swinging open. He literally ran into the gate and opened it from the outside. Usually, the outfield wall wins in a collision, but this time, Stanton broke the wall. In the eighth, Kiké Hernández hit a pop-up into short right field and Gordon, Stanton, and Justin Bour all went running for it. Stanton called the ball so Bour stopped running, but Gordon must not have heard Stanton because he kept going. At the last second, Gordon slid and Stanton hurdled him and somehow made the catch.
The Dodgers have a scheduled off day on Monday before the St. Louis Cardinals come to town on Tuesday. Lance Lynn will pitch for the Cardinals and Clayton Kershaw will pitch for Los Angeles. In his last start, Kershaw held the Giants scoreless in San Francisco over seven innings. Because he is Clayton Kershaw, he will be looking to improve upon his last start. The game will start at 7:10 pm PT and be televised on SportsNet LA and ESPN.