The slugging Dodgers set a home run record in their 15-1 win over Miami. Their six home runs on Tuesday night are the most hit by a team at Marlins Park since its induction in 2012. Plus, they matched a franchise record with 13 extra base hits with their six doubles, triple and six homers.
Will Smith received a warm welcome in Miami, but it didn’t look like this. Instead of partying all night, he homered all night. He contributed to two of the Dodgers’ many homers of the night to drive in three runs.
Also hitting in their fair share of runs? Matt Beaty.
Beaty, who is often referred to as a ‘cheat code,’ also went 2-for-4, which included a home run and the lone triple of the night. He was totally on the mark on Tuesday, bringing up his batting average to just below .300.
The Dodgers home run party also came with a little extra excitement. Corey Seager and Will Smith went back-to back. AND SO DID Justin Turner and Cody Bellinger.
Back-to-back baseballs In The Ayer. pic.twitter.com/8IN8GD50ki— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) August 14, 2019
All this offense backed Dustin May’s truly wonderful pitching performance.
May retired the first nine batters he faced and only allowed a total of three hits in his 5 2⁄3 innings of work. The only run he allowed on Tuesday night was a walk-double combination, but he otherwise owned the Marlins and continued to impress in the majors by earning his first MLB win.
The bullpen was also nearly perfect other than a walk and a base hit. J.T. Chargois and Caleb Ferguson each pitched a perfect inning of relief and Joe Kelly got out of a bases-loaded jam in the 6th.
This game truly had it all — pitching, slugging and a weird ending. What’s a blowout without some weird baseball?
There was about a 15 minute delay with no play in the top of the 9th with 2 outs, when home plate umpire Chad Fairchild was hit by a foul ball and had to exit the game. This was followed by a Marlins pitching change because, let’s be honest, it wasn’t a great day to be a Marlins pitcher.
When the Dodgers finally decided to record three outs in the 9th inning (which included a Caleb Ferguson double), they made a head scratching pitching change. Russell Martin took the mound for the third time this year and left-handed pitcher Adam Kolarek played first base. Never thought those words would come out of my mouth.
Despite the oddity, LA got out of the inning facing the minimum. Martin let the leadoff hitter get away with a base hit, followed by a Starlin Castro flyout and a game-ending double play.
Looks like the Dodgers have more bullpen options than we thought.
WP: Dustin May (1-1), 5 2⁄3 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 5 K
LP: Jordan Yamamoto (4-4), 5.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 2 K, 2 HR
Home runs: Corey Seager, Will Smith (2), Justin Turner, Cody Bellinger, Mat Beaty
Hopefully the Dodgers have enough runs saved up tomorrow as Clayton Kershaw takes the hill. First pitch is scheduled for 4:10 p.m. PT!