Stat Wrap: Marlins KO Kershaw, Beat Dodgers 6-3

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Apr 26, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) watches the ball leave the park on three run home run in the sixth inning of the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 26, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) watches the ball leave the park on three run home run in the sixth inning of the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports /
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Let’s be honest.  When the Miami Marlins play the Los Angeles Dodgers, it’s about the only time all year we have to admit that the best pitcher might play for the other team.

Such is the talent of Jose Fernandez, and such is the legend of Clayton Kershaw.

For five innings Tuesday night, this game seemed to be a foregone conclusion.  Kershaw was dominant, allowing one hit while piling up 8 Ks, and even contributing an RBI double.  The man’s a video game.  On the other side, Tom Koehler was Koehler- competitive but hittable, surrendering three runs.

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And then the sixth inning happened, along with something that had never happened before in Clayton Kershaw’s career.

Following a one-out, pinch-hit double from Miguel Rojas, the Marlins piled on four consecutive hits, capped off by Giancarlo Stanton‘s third home run in as many games.  Stanton’s blast, a three-run shot, staked Miami to a 5-3 lead.  And while Stanton home runs are not a rare occurrence by any means, the five straight hits allowed were a career first for the greatest pitcher in baseball.

One insurance run and a third straight A.J. Ramos save later, and the Marlins gave themselves a chance to win their first series in two weeks, beating the Dodgers 6-3.

And now we Stat Wrap:

  • Christian Yelich has a seven-game hitting streak, and is hitting .388.
  • Ichiro Watch: Make it 2,943 on the career thanks to a pinch-hit single.
  • The Marlins had eleven hits Tuesday night.  After 5 IP though, they had 1.
  • In the 6th though, the Fish reeled off five straight hits, good for five runs.
  • Those five straight hits allowed were a first in Clayton Kershaw’s career.
  • Hit No. 5 was Giancarlo Stanton’s third home run in three games.
  • Tom Koehler earned the win with a mere 5 IP, improving to 2-2.
  • Two wild pitches and an error helped stake LA to an early 2-0 lead.
  • Credit the Marlins bullpen with four scoreless, three-hit innings, including A.J. Ramos’ fifth save of the season.
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