After a long night of travel, the Los Angeles Dodgers struggled to generate any offense on Friday and were eventually done in by a Miami Marlins two-out rally in a 6-3 loss that put an end to the Dodgers’ three-game winning streak.
Paul Maholm takes the mound Saturday for his fifth start of the season and is 1-2 with 4.74 ERA thus far. Maholm is fresh off his first win of the season where he went 7.0 innings and allowed two runs on six hits. It was Maholm’s longest outing in 2014 as he’s struggled to find consistency while filling in as a fifth starter. The left-hander faced the Marlins twice last season, both times in Miami, going 1-1.
Maholm’s days as a starter appeared to be coming to an end with Clayton Kershaw set to be reinstated from the disabled list on Tuesday, however with Hyun-Jin Ryu being placed on the DL, Maholm figures to remain in the rotation.
Starting for the Marlins is Jacob Turner, who made one start this year prior to being placed on the disabled list after spraining his shoulder during batting practice one day before a scheduled start. The 22-year-old right-hander made two rehab starts, going seven innings and striking out seven while allowing one run in his last outing. Turner faced the Dodgers once last season, earning a no-decision in a game where he breezed through the first three inning before allowing four runs in the fourth.
Saturday is Carl Crawford’s turn to sit in what has been an abysmal season thus far. Manager Don Mattingly expressed his belief that Crawford’s struggles may be attributed to him pressing for playing time and a day off may serve the left fielder well. Miguel Olivo is making his second consecutive start and third in four games. Though in a small sample size, Olivo is hitting .429 with one triple and two RBIs.
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