The Los Angeles Dodgers are trying to regain the top spot in the NL West right now and they looked to put the first game against the Miami Marlins way behind them. That is what they did. The Dodgers defeated the Marlins 11-4 in a tough game for Marlins starter Nathan Eovaldi.
1. Eovaldi gets roughed up: It started in the first inning for Eovaldi. With two on and one out, Andre Ethier cranked a home run to put the Dodgers back up 3-2. Then in the innings to follow, the Dodgers tacked on three more runs and then did not look back. Eovaldi would only last three innings. He struck out three batters and walked two. He allowed six runs on seven hits total.
2. Not enough offense: The Marlins have been almost famous for not giving their starting pitchers enough offense during games. This game particularly started off well. In the top of the first, the Marlins added two runs then in the second another one. Jose Reyes and Giancarlo Stanton both hit home runs. The pitching just did not hold up enough to give the Marlins the victory.
3. Dodgers were too much: The Dodgers improved to 68-58 on the year. Aside from Ethier’s home run, Juan Rivera and Hanley Ramirez would both hit home runs. The win puts them only three back behind the San Francisco Giants in the NL West. The Dodgers are now 5-5 in their last 10 games.
Saturday, the Marlins will send Josh Johnson (7-10. 3.73 ERA) to face the always tough Clayton Kershaw (11-7, 2.84 ERA). With Kershaw on the mound, it is not looking like an easy game for the Fish.
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