Justin Turner went 2-3 with a home run and a sacrifice fly, collecting two RBI and leading the Dodgers to a 3-2 victory over the Marlins. Rich Hill returned to the ballpark where he made his Dodgers debut and tossed five innings of one run ball while striking out nine as the Dodgers completed the sweep of Miami.
Justin Turner’s bat stayed hot as he slugged a home run and drove in another run with a sacrifice fly. Turner’s home run came in the first inning with two outs against Chris O’Grady. In a 2-1 count, O’Grady meant to throw a cutter down and away, but instead, he threw it down and in. Turner was sitting on a cutter inside and he hit a high fly ball that landed on the other side of the left field wall.
“I know that he likes to throw that cutter in,” said Turner. “I got ahead on the count and was just looking middle in, and he just left it in.”
Turner also drove in a run with a sacrifice fly in the third inning. This time, he got a fastball high and away and lined it the other way into right field. Giancarlo Stanton made the catch and Logan Forsythe tagged up and headed for home. Stanton threw the ball hard but he threw it up the line, allowing Forsythe to score and give the Dodgers a 2-0 lead.
Rich Hill’s return to Marlins Park was almost as good as he Dodgers debut (at Marlins Park). He tossed five innings and allowed one run on five hits. He struck out nine batters and didn’t walk anybody. The Marlins, however, drove his pitch count up and he finished the fifth inning having thrown 94 pitches. The video below shows just how effective Hill’s curveballs were on Sunday afternoon.
In the fourth inning, the Dodgers had a 2-0 lead before Austin Barnes added a much-needed insurance run. Chris Taylor was on third base with no outs and O’Grady had Barnes in an 0-1 count. O’Grady threw the ball exactly where he wanted it but Barnes drove the ball into center field for a single. Taylor scored and the Dodgers extended their lead to 3-0.
The Marlins got on the board in the fifth inning when Ichiro Suzuki hit an RBI single off of Rich Hill. With one out in the inning, the Marlins had runners on the corners and Suzuki at the plate. The count was even at 2-2 and Hill threw his signature curveball. Suzuki hit it right back at Hill, who attempted to make a barehanded play. Instead, all he did was redirect the ball away from all fielders. Everybody was safe and A.J. Ellis scored, making it 3-1.
If Hill had kept his hand out of the way, the ball would have rolled right to Corey Seager who could have stepped on second base then thrown to first for a double-play. Instead, Suzuki was awarded an infield single and an RBI.
Keys To The Game:
Justin Turner decided on Sunday afternoon that it was his turn to provide the runs the Dodgers needed. He showed that early when he lifted a home run to left field in the first inning. That got the Dodgers out to an early lead and made the Marlins play catch-up before they even had a turn to bat. In the third, Turner made things even harder for the Marlins by providing yet another run. This time, he hit a sacrifice fly to right field. It also helped that Stanton’s throw was not perfect.
Losing The Glove:
Giancarlo Stanton lost his glove in the fourth inning when Chris Taylor led off with a triple. Stanton tried to catch the ball and when he hit the wall, his glove fell over the wall. A replacement had to be brought out to him.
The Dodgers have a scheduled off-day on Monday before starting a two-game series against the White Sox. Clayton Kershaw will get his first start since the All-Star break and Miguel Gonzalez will start for the White Sox. Kershaw is 14-2 and hasn’t lost since May 1. The game will start at 5:10 pm PT and be televised on SportsNet LA.