Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton couldn’t get this ball hit by Alex Guerrero in fourth inning. Guerrero was able to reach third base on what was scored a triple. (David Crane/Staff photographer)
The Dodgers ran out of mojo Wednesday.
Pedro Baez‘s pectoral gave out, and the Dodgers’ five-game winning streak followed. It was the first time they had lost a game this year in which they scored four runs. Read about the game, and Baez’s injury, and the controversial catch by Giancarlo Stanton here.
I talked to Chris Hatcher about facing his former team before the game. His familiarity with Stanton did not serve him well.
On a positive note, Kiké Hernandez said he told hitting coach Mark McGwire before this game that he would hit a home run. He did. It was his first in a Dodgers uniform.
The box score is here. The photo gallery is here.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly didn’t like it when Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton caught a sinking line drive off the bat of Howie Kendrick in the fourth inning Wednesday, a call that stood up after a challenge.
Mattingly tossed his cap and offered some choice words for third base umpire Bob Davidson, who promptly ejected Mattingly for arguing the ruling. It was the second time Mattingly has been ejected this month — he was ejected a week ago Monday in Milwaukee for arguing a balk call — and the 17th ejection of his career.
Here’s the rant, in full:
Today’s game features an unusual (and so far unique) start time of 4:50 p.m. Why?
Fortunately, MLB’s Collective Bargaining Agreement is online in its entirety and provides the answer, in Article V(C) paragraph 8:
... beginning with the 2013 season, no Club shall be scheduled to play a road game starting after 5 P.M. if such game is a road game and is followed by a home off-day ...
The Marlins are definitely on the road today, and they definitely have an off-day tomorrow followed by a 10-day homestand. So, the last minute today’s game could have begun was 4:59 p.m. PT. The Dodgers are generously giving the Marlins a 9-minute head start.