Miami Marlins Morning Catch: Dodgers Blow Marlins Out, 11-1
By Ehsan Kassim
Good morning, Marlin Maniac readers and welcome to Morning Catch, the daily morning news and notes column from MarlinManiac.com.
What started out as a majestic night followingGiancarlo Stanton
literally hitting the ball out of Dodgers Park, turned sour for the Miami Marlins quickly.
After being gifted a 1-0 lead,Dan Haren
was in a giving mood, as he flirted with disaster in both the first and second inning. He got out of jam with runners on first and second with one out in the 1st. In the second inning he loaded the bases with nobody out, before retiring the next three hitters.
In the 3rd, Howie Kendrick finally broke through against Haren, blasting a solo home run to tie the game. Andre Ethier gave the Dodgers a 2-1 lead with a solo shot in the 4th.
The flood gates really opened up in the fifth inning, as the Dodgers collected 4 more hits, a hits batsman, and charged four more runs to Haren’s name.
Brad Hand came into the game to relieve Haren and did not fare much better for the Miami Marlins. He lasted just 2/3’s of an inning, allowing 5 earned runs on 6 hits, walked and struck out one a piece.
Nick Masset and Bryan Morris finished the game for the Marlins, going a combined 3 innings, allowing just 3 hits, walking none, and striking out 3.
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Dan Haren’s ERA coming into the game was 2.68, but ballooned to 3.70 after the game. He’s now given up 8 home runs in 41 1/3 innings of work, with his FIP now all the way up to 4.97, suggesting Haren’s luck is still due for more reversal.
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