A 14-run loss on Tuesday night has the Miami Marlins hoping for more run support against the Dodgers on Wednesday evening.
Pitcher Jordan Yamamoto surrendered four runs in five innings and just like that the Miami Marlins fell 15-1 to the L.A Dodgers on a Tuesday night. Now the home team must regroup and hope that Elieser Hernandez can turn the tide and bring home a victory at Marlins Park.
Hernandez, who has spent time in the rotation and in the bullpen this year for the Marlins, had his best outing of the season at his last start.
But as we’ve learned pictures on the staff are only as good as our last appearance. And for a team who has been sporadic with the bat, the blowout in the first game of a three-game set was even more damaging when Clayton Kershaw getting the ball tonight for Los Angeles.
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Fun fact that you may not know… I saw Kershaw pitch when he was a member of the Dodgers farm team here in Jacksonville many moons ago. He was pretty awesome then and has continued that trend ever since.
Hernandez is 2-4 on the season with a 4.94 ERA. Kershaw is his usual self, with an 11-2 record with a 2.77 ERA and has been dominant on the mound.
Facing the Atlanta Braves pitching staff or four games after returning from a road trip was tough, but facing the Dodgers, the first-place team in the National League West has proven to be just as brutal.
Games like those last night put a strain on the bullpen and leave the coaching staff and manager Don Mattingly searching for answers as to which arm will take the heat out of the pen.
It also least questions as to how the starting lineup will turn its fortunes around and find clutch hits when they are needed most.
Not only did Yamamoto give up four runs, but two of them were also home runs. The Dodgers had six round-trippers on the evening. It was a tough game all around for the Marlins bullpen.
Over his last five starts, Yamamoto is 0-4 with an 8.28 ERA. With changes coming in the next couple weeks as the Marlins expand the roster, doesn’t mean that the 23-year-old will lose his spot in the rotation, and if he is sat down, who replaces him? Is the bullpen an option for Mattingly and the coaching staff?
The Dodgers have proven to be Yamamoto’s kryptonite. On July 21 he surrendered five runs in four innings on the road, including two home runs in a loss.