The scripts for the first two games of the series have been very similar. The Marlins score in the first inning then tack on another run later against the starter, one of those first two runs unearned. The Dodgers cut things to 2-1 at some point then the Marlins put up a crooked number.
On Wednesday the Dodgers deviated from recent play with a four-run sixth inning, their largest comeback of the season. But that only tied the game, and the Marlins quickly regained the lead with a home run by catcher J.T. Realmuto, who sits in Thursday’s series finale.
Realmuto’s home run came against Pedro Baez, continuing the turbulent season by the Dodgers bullpen. Asking a bullpen to constantly put up zeroes is an impossible goal, but at least an occasional clean game is warranted. Dodgers relievers have allowed at least one run in each of their last 10 games, posting a 5.40 ERA with five different relievers suffering losses during that time.
“Well, someone’s going to have to pitch,” manager Dave Roberts said of his bullpen after Wednesday’s loss, the Dodgers’ ninth in 10 games.
The Dodgers have been swept in a three-game series only three times in Miami, and the last time was Sept. 6-8, 1999.
Thursday’s 9:10 a.m. PT start is the Dodgers’ earliest scheduled game this season. They have three other game set for 9:35 a.m. PT starts — June 7 in Pittsburgh, July 25 in Philadelphia and Sept. 12 in Cincinnati.
Time: 9:10 a.m. PT
TV: SportsNet LA, MLB Network