Coming off a six-game road trip, Monday marked the start of a week-long homestand for the Los Angeles Dodgers. First up on the schedule were the Miami Marlins, which meant the return of Dee Gordon to Chavez Ravine for the first time since the December trade.
Gordon said pregame he didn’t have any resentment toward the Dodgers and that he hadn’t given much thought to the type of reception he’d receive from the fans. Gordon received a standing ovation in his first at-bat and quickly attempted to wreak havoc on the basepaths by lining Zack Greinke’s first pitch right back at him.
Greinke stopped the ball with his glove and recovered it in time to make the toss to Adrian Gonzalez for the first out of the game. After a Martin Prado grounder, Greinke ended the scoreless inning by striking out Giancarlo Stanton.
Joc Pederson was called out on strikes to leadoff the bottom of the first. Mired in a slump, Jimmy Rollins didn’t get any breaks as Michael Morse robbed the shortstop of a likely extra-base hit. Tom Koehler then retired Howie Kendrick on a grounder for a 1-2-3 inning.
Morse managed a two-out single in the top of the second before Greinke ended the inning on a J.T. Realmuto fly out. The Dodgers similarly didn’t muster much offense in the bottom of the second as they were retired in order, including Justin Turner and Yasmani Grandal by way of strikeout.
Gordon drew a two-out walk in the third, but he was soon after thrown out attempting to steal second base. It was the seventh time this season Gordon has been caught stealing, which is tops in baseball. Greinke broke up Koehler’s perfect game by drawing a two-out walk in the bottom of the third.
The Marlins right-hander kept his no-hitter intact however, with help from Adeiny Hechavarria, who made a nice stop and throw on a Pederson grounder hit to Hechavarria’s right. Prado led off the fourth inning with a bloop single that Pederson nearly managed to come up with on a diving catch.
Greinke then struck out Stanton for the second time on the night and got Marcell Ozuna to ground into an inning-ending double play, keeping the game scoreless. Kendrick ended Koehler’s no-hit bid with a double in the bottom of the fourth that sailed over Stanton’s head after he appeared to initially misjudge the ball.
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