Jimmy Rollins has struggled to get on base since he joined the Dodgers; his .257 on-base percentage is far lower than it’s been in any of his 15 major league seasons. So after a 2-for-6 night against the Marlins, Rollins was rewarded Wednesday with … a day off?
Manager Don Mattingly explained:
Kiké Hernandez is starting at shortstop and batting eighth against Marlins starter Jarred Cosart. Justin Turner is playing third base and batting second.
Fans look for a ball hit by Giancarlo Stanton over the left field wall in the first inning. The Dodgers beat the Marlins, 11-1 on Tuesday. (John McCoy/Staff photographer)
left the crowd breathless with his first-inning home run Tuesday — estimated at 483 feet — but the Dodgers won the game. Their search for a semi-permanent starting rotation appears to be over
Check out what Mike Bolsinger said after the game here.
Why did Joel Peralta take particular pleasure in Adam Liberatore striking out John Baker on Monday? The answer reveals a key to Liberatore’s success as a rookie with the Dodgers.
The box score is here. The photo gallery is here.
During the game broadcast, Vin Scully told a story about Satchel Paige.
Remember, tomorrow’s game begins at 4:50 p.m.
Giancarlo Stanton grew up in the San Fernando Valley not far from Dodger Stadium. In the first inning Tuesday, the Miami Marlins slugger hit a baseball practically halfway to his alma mater, Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks.
Stanton clobbered an 85-mph cut fastball from Dodgers pitcher Mike Bolsinger that hit the roof of the overhang covering the left field bleachers an estimated 478 feet from home plate.
Here’s a close-up shot of the ball landing on the roof:
According to ESPN’s online Home Run Tracker, it was the longest home run hit this season.