The Miami Marlins had experienced a frustrating west coast road trip going into last night’s game versus the Los Angeles Dodgers. They had won just 1 game of the 6 played so far against the left coast teams and their overall record had dropped back to 20-20 on the season. It appears all that built frustration was released in an offensive explosion resulting in a 13-3 drubbing of the Dodgers at Chavez Ravine.
Let’s get to the Marlins game report card:
Anthony DeSclafani, SP: A
7.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, W
Desclafani was making his major league debut after being called up to take Jose Fernandez’s start this week. After his team gave him an early 6 run lead, he took control of the game limiting the Dodgers to just a couple of runs to secure the win. Desclafani even pitched in on the offensive side with a hit and 2 RBI.
Giancarlo Stanton, RF: A
Stanton was perfect on the night with 3 hits in 3 trips to the plate including a laser double in the 2nd inning when he would eventually come around to score the Marlins 6th run of the inning.
Reed Johnson, LF: B+
2-for-5, 2 R, 2 RBI, HR (2)
Johnson got the start in left with Christian Yelich moving over to center for the night and delivered on this opportunity. He would score the Marlins first run in the second inning and then club a 2 run homer in the fourth.
Ed Lucas, 3B: B+
2-for-6, 2 R, 2 RBI, HR (1)
Lucas started the game at third base in place of Casey McGehee and delivered the game’s first big blow with a 2-run blast in the second inning. The homer was his first of the season and raised his average against left handed pitching to a stellar .538.
The Marlins avoided the sweep by the Dodgers and pounded the LA pitching early and often in the process. It has been a difficult west coast road trip with the 2-5 record and the loss of Jose Fernandez, so it was nice to see them put a game away early.