The Los Angeles Dodgers have been red hot at home and Wednesday evening they went for the three-game sweep of the Miami Marlins. Carlos Frias made his third start of the season and he was opposed by right-hander Jared Cosart, who faced the Dodgers for the first time in his young career.
Dee Gordon led off the game with a chopper into right field for a single, giving him his first hit of the series. Frias then walked Martin Prado and Giancarlo Stanton followed by hitting a line drive that Howie Kendrick jumped up and snagged, robbing Stanton of a base hit and likely RBI.
Despite Christian Yelich being hit by a pitch to load the bases, Frias got Michael Morse to ground out to end the threat without allowing a run. The Dodgers went down quickly in the bottom half of the first. Joc Pederson and Justin Turner both flew out.
Cosart then struck out Kendrick to end the inning. Frias then followed suit, getting two groundouts and a strikeout in the top of the second. With two outs in the bottom of the second Yasmani Grandal and Andre Ethier both walked.
Kiké Hernandez singled to right field, but Grandal was easily thrown out at home by Stanton to end the inning. After Gordon doubled to lead off the third, Prado grounded out the right side advancing the former Dodger to third. Stanton followed with an RBI groundout to short, scoring Gordon and giving the Marlins a 1-0 lead.
Cosart, who is usually a ground ball pitcher, continued to get outs in the air, as Pederson lined out and Turner flied out to end the third inning with the Marlins still leading 1-0. Frias gave up three straight singles with two outs in the top of the fourth, including an RBI single to Cosart that extended the Marlins’ lead to 2-0.
Kendrick led off the bottom of the fourth with a blooper to right that was caught by Stanton. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly challenged the call and it appeared that Stanton may have trapped the ball, but the ruling was upheld. As someone who has argued for changes to the replay process, Mattingly was upset with the call being upheld and got ejected for the second time this season.
The out cost the Dodgers as Alex Guerrero hit a two-out triple that in an ironic turn of events went off the glove of Stanton as the right fielder collided with the wall. Guerrero then scored on a wild pitch to cut the Dodgers’ deficit in half, making it 2-1 after four.
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