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Recap: Rich Hill Flirts With Perfection as Dodgers Beat Marlins 5-0

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Aug 24, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Rich Hill (44) throws against the San Francisco Giants in the first inning at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Much to the dismay of many of the fans, Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts made the tough decision to remove starting pitcher Rich Hill from the game with a perfect game in tact through seven innings. Hill has spent time on the disabled list this season due to a blister.

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To add salt to the wound outfielder Yasiel Puig made a great diving stop in order to preserve the perfect game the inning before Hill was pulled from the contest.

It was more than just perfection on the line for Hill and the Dodgers. If Hill would’ve completed the perfect game it would have been only the second ever in team history. The only one? Sandy Koufax almost 51 years and one day ago.

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Hill had thrown 89 pitches which matches his season-high with the Dodgers. He has now allowed six hits in 19 innings and has still yet to give up a run.

Relief pitcher Joe Blanton yielded a hit with two out in the eighth inning, breaking up the combined perfect game.

The most important statistic for Hill and the Dodgers is he is 3-0 since being acquired by the Dodgers and is looking like the ace of the club heading into the postseason.

The Dodgers got some major production from some familiar faces.

Joc Pederson crushed his fourth career multi-home run game of his career and his first since June against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Pederson now has 22 home runs on the season.

Shortstop Corey Seager continued to add to his historic rookie season by going yard. The dinger brought his to 25 home runs, good for a tie for second place with catcher Yasmani Grandal.

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Third baseman Justin Turner moved into first place with a sixth inning bomb off of the Marlins’ Tom Koehler. Tuner now has 26 home runs on the season.

The rubber game of the series will be played tomorrow in Miami at 10:10 PST. The Dodgers will send wins, ERA and strikeout leader Kenta Maeda to the mound.

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Written by Terrel Emerson

Terrel "Chatterbox" Emerson is a Inglewood native with strong Los Angeles roots. A big sports fan/analyst. Radio talk show host of "Talk That Talk," on WPMD. #WeLoveLA

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  1. When personal accomplishments get in the way of team accomplishments: Heartbreaking to watch Hill getting pulled on a opportunity of a life time. Some reports say that Hills blister was starting to get tender and that’s why Roberts pulled him. Let’s hope the team proves Robert right and rewards Hill with a opportunity to pitch at a bigger stage for only a World Series title will be the only consolation to this game.

  2. What we didn’t know yesterday but learned today is the fact that there were signs of a developing blister, not on the middle finger that had him on the DL when he changed teams, but on his index finger. Rick Monday and Tim Cates talked me down last night on KLAC but when I heard the news about his index finger I was absolutely glad Doc pulled him. Yes, I would have loved to see a perfect game, but in light of his history with blisters, and with a possible blister on a second finger, I’m thankful Doc gets paid to make decisions like this. I just wish Rick and Tim didn’t have that info to pass along last night. Not that the folks still saying Doc should have left him in the game would have changed their minds, after all, they’re not changing their tune today but they’re not being paid to make those calls either. Now we have a better chance to go deep into October, especially with Rich not developing a new blister yesterday.

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