Recap: Anderson Strikes Out 10, Dodgers Win Behind All-Around Effort

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Turner drew a leadoff walk in the fourth and Nicolino put two on with one out by hitting Van Slyke with a pitch. Alex Guerrero’s base hit to center loaded the bases and put the young left-hander in a world of trouble. Rollins continued with his improved results at the plate, dropping a two-run bloop single into right field.

Turner scored easily, while Van Slyke took advantage of Stanton being somewhat lackadaisical and double-clutching the throw to home plate. After A.J. Ellis hit a slow grounder to short that advanced bother runners, Anderson helped his cause with an RBI single that extended the Dodgers’ lead to 5-1. Their scoring binge stopped there as Rollins was thrown out at the plate on the base hit.

Just as quickly as Anderson added to Nicolino’s rough inning, he too found himself in some trouble in the fourth. The Dodger left-hander issued a four-pitch leadoff walk to Yelich, which was followed by a Hechavarria single to center. That brought up Stanton, who had two quick strikes before laying off pitches outside of the zone to work a full count.

Stanton wound up striking out on a breaking ball in the dirt, and Anderson got out of the inning unscathed by retiring the next two batters on groundouts. Jarred Cosart took over for the Marlins in the fifth and promptly walked Pederson. Kendrick knocked a base hit to center, and both runners advanced on a wild pitch.

Gonzalez was intentionally walked and Cosart nearly got out of the inning before giving up an RBI single to Guerrero. Anderson threw another shutdown inning in the fifth, keeping the Dodgers’ lead at 6-1. Ellis drew a leadoff walk in the sixth though nothing would come of it.

Gordon reached on an infield single to short in the bottom of the sixth, then Anderson retired the next three batters including striking out Stanton for a second time in the game to end the inning. The Dodgers again had the leadoff man reach in the seventh only to be turned away.

Anderson struck out the side in a scoreless seventh inning of work to run his strikeout total to 10, which set a new season high and tied his career high. Yasiel Puig pinch-hit for Anderson with one out in the eighth and grounded out. Pederson sparked a small two-out rally with a double that hit high off the center field wall.

After he moved to third on a wild pitch Kendrick scored the rookie center fielder with an RBI single to right and the Dodgers lead grew to 7-1. The base hit was Kendrick’s fourth of the night, which was a game high.

Adam Liberatore gave up a leadoff single in the bottom of the eighth then proceeded to strike out the side. With Liberatore’s inning of work, Dodgers pitchers combined to record seven consecutive outs by way of strikeout to that point. Pedro Baez, fresh off the 15-day disabled list, picked up where Anderson and Liberatore left off by striking out the side in his first appearance since May 13 to wrap up the Dodgers’ third straight win.


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