Along with taking the field for the first time this season at Marlins Park, Friday was the first time the Los Angeles Dodgers faced left-handed starters in consecutive games in 2015.
Making just his second career start, Justin Nicolino struck out Joc Pederson looking to open the game. Howie Kendrick lined a single into center field, then was erased from the bases as Justin Turner bounced into an inning-ending 6-4-3 double play. Despite not letting the ball get out of the infield, Brett Anderson was unable to keep the Miami Marlins off the scoreboard in the bottom of the first.
Dee Gordon led off by reaching on a slow roller up the first base line. He then stole second base, his 26th stolen base of the season, and was moved over to third on Christian Yelich’s grounder to second. Adeiny Hechavarria then grounded out to Jimmy Rollins, which easily scored Gordon. Giancarlo Stanton hit to where a shortstop normally would be playing but with the Dodgers in a shift, Kendrick made a nice play on a chopper to end the inning.
Adrian Gonzalez led off the second inning with a base hit to right field. Scott Van Slyke followed with a fly ball to left that continued carrying until it cleared the fence for a two-run home run that gave the Dodgers a 2-1 lead. Anderson tossed a quick second inning, getting a pair of groundouts and striking out Derek Dietrich.
Nicolino retired the Dodgers in order in the third, keeping the Marlins’ deficit at 2-1. J.T. Realmuto reached on an infield single to third base that sent Turner off the bag and into foul territory. After Nicolino struck out on a failed sacrifice bunt attempt, Anderson picked off Realmuto. Gordon remained perfect on the night by hitting a single to center, however he too was picked off and that ended the inning.