Nothing can slow the Dodgers down, but Jose Fernandez proved to be an exception, helping the Marlins defeat the Dodgers 6-2. Fernandez appeared fired up to face one of baseball's elite teams, providing a solid quality start of six innings and two runs (one earned). The young Miami ace placed extra emphasis on fellow-country man Yasiel Puig and ex-Marlin Hanley Ramirez, causing the stars to go 0-for-6 against him.
Fernandez biggest jam came in the fifth frame, facing the bases loaded with no outs. In spite of the precarious situation, Fernandez only allowed one run and escaped nonchalantly. Third baseman Ed Lucas dropped the ball on a routine play, therefore Fernandez wasn't charged with the run. Moments later, Carl Crawford collected a RBI single on a groundout.
In the bottom of the third inning, the Marlins lit up the scoreboard for the games first runs. Hyun-Jin Ryu retired the first two batters, yet the Marlins rattled off three straight hits. Christian Yelich hit a laser RBI triple off the left field wall, scoring Fernandez and giving the fish a 1-0 advantage. Donovan Solano followed it up with a RBI single to right, extending the lead to 2-0.
Dodgers third baseman Juan Uribe tied it up at 2-2 in the sixth, driving in a clutch RBI double. Uribe went 3-for-3 against Fernandez and is now 4-for-4 against him all-time. Uribe has been locked in over his last two starts, going 5-for-8 with 3 RBI.
After the commercial break, Logan Morrison allowed the Marlins to regain the lead (3-2) on a RBI single. Dodgers color commentator Steve Lyons didn't like the pitch and it ended up being the deciding run.
"That's probably the worst pitch we have seen from Ryu all night long, just kind of a nothing fastball." Lyons said.
However, Ryu was able to settle down after the miscue to Morrison. Adeiny Hechavarria came to plate with the bases load and one out, but Ryu got him to ground into an inning ending 4-6-3 double play. Ryu's brilliance got overshadowed, tossing 7 1/3 innings of three run ball.
Among the Marlins few strengths is their bullpen, and it showed Monday. The combination of A.J. Ramos, Chad Qualls and Steve Cishek provided three innings of spotless work to close the game out.
The centerpiece of the Marlins rebuilding project, Giancarlo Stanton, launched an insurance solo bomb to center field. The eighth inning rally continued on Lucas's two-RBI single and Hechavarria's RBI single, putting the Marlins lead at the final score of 6-2.
- Yasiel Puig went 0-for-5 on the night and fanned twice. On the two strikeouts, Puig only saw six pitches and swung at numerous balls outside the zone. By doing so, Puig's average dipped to .351, which is his worst since debuting on June 3.
- During the sixth inning, Andre Ethier got hit on a 58 MPH breaking ball. Either limped down to first base but was able to stay in the game. Ethier turned in a 0-for-3 performance with three strikeouts.
- Hanley Ramirez couldn't make his old team pay, recording a disappointing 0-for-4 night.
- Chris Withrow received the nod out of the bullpen for the first time since August 14th, taking an unusual five days off. The hard throwing right-hander pitched 0.1 innings and allowed the home run to Stanton.
- Reliever JP Howell returned to action for the first time since August 14th. Don Mattingly normally uses Howell about every 2.5 games. Howell also looked rusty, as he failed to record any outs and allowed two earned runs.
- Ryu undeservingly got the loss, which was his first since June 19 against the New York Yankees.
Game two of the Dodgers at Marlins series will take place on Tuesday. Los Angeles sends Chris Capuano to the mound against Miami's Jacob Turner.
WP - Jose Fernandez (9-5): 6 IP, 4 hits, 2 runs (1 earned), 8 strikeouts and three walks
LP - Hyun-Jin Ryu (12-4): 7 1/3 IP, 6 hits, 3 runs, 5 strikeouts and two walks