MIAMI >> A great thing happened on a couple fronts Sunday. Zack Greinke won a game, and the reporters who covered him were able to stop asking when he would ever win a game and put his season into context. The box score is here.
Before the game Don Mattingly openly questioned whether Yasiel Puig, who batted cleanup Sunday, would evolve as a hitter.
Prior to the game, it was reported that the Dodgers are interested in New York Mets pitcher Jon Niese.
Clayton Kershaw allowed three runs on two errors and a wild pitch on Saturday. (Associated Press photo)
MIAMI — The outfield at Marlins Park was an unforgiving place Saturday, and defense cost the Dodgers in a 3-2 loss. Clayton Kershaw didn’t get too hung up on an unfortunate factoid, that he’d never lost three straight games before in his career.
The box score is here.
The Giants’ win over the Rockies means the Dodgers are 1 game up in the National League West. The Dodgers have been in sole possession of first place 64 of the last 65 days.
MIAMI — The Marlins will be without right fielder Giancarlo Stanton this weekend — and the next 4-6 weeks — after the National League’s leading home run hitter broke a bone in his hand Friday against the Dodgers.
Dodgers pitcher Brett Anderson said he noticed something unusual when he struck out Stanton in the sixth inning Friday.
“The last at-bat, the second time he struck out, I threw a 2-0 pitch, a fastball away,” Anderson said. “I don’t know if he winced but it didn’t look like a normal Giancarlo Stanton swing.”
Stanton also appeared to wince during his ninth-inning strikeout against Pedro Baez (above).
Anderson, who’s been on the disabled list a couple times in his career, could relate.
“I did that last year; I broke my index finger hitting against Matt Cain,” Anderson said. “I feel his pain.”
Brett Anderson tied a career high with 10 strikeouts in the Dodgers’ 7-1 win over the Marlins on Friday. (Associated Press)
MIAMI — Brett Anderson looks like a new pitcher in 2015. He’s been healthy for the first time in a long time, but you knew that already. What you might not have known is how confident he is taking the ball deep into games, and that’s changed since the beginning of this year. Anderson saved his best for last in the Dodgers’ 7-1 win over the Marlins today. The box score is here.
Remember when the Dodgers couldn’t beat left-handed pitching? April seemed like a distant memory this week.
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.