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Fish Cap: Miami Marlins 3, Los Angeles Dodgers 5

The Miami Marlins fell to the Dodgers 5-3 in Los Angeles on Sunday afternoon. Tom Koehler went five innings for the Marlins.


Wins have been hard to come by for the Miami Marlins all season. That trend continued on Sunday afternoon as the Marlins fell to the Dodgers 5-3.

Making his first start of the year, Tom Koehler got hurt by the long ball in the top of the second inning. Koehler was brought in as a result of Wade LeBlanc's inconsistency.

With nobody out, Scott Van Slyke, who was replacing Adrian Gonzalez at first base, hit a home run to center field to give the Dodgers an early 1-0 advantage.

After he settled in, the Dodgers got to Koehler again in the fourth. With one out, former Cardinal Skip Schumaker doubled to right field, and catcher Tim Federowicz followed with a single. Nick Punto subsequently hit a sacrifice fly to center, increasing the Dodgers' lead to two.

Manager Mike Redmond finally went to his bullpen and took Koehler out of the game in the sixth. Over his five innings, he gave up seven hits and two runs with one walk and a strikeout.

Despite the fact that Koehler kept Miami in the game, the Marlins struggled to score runs off of former Met Chris Capuano. Capuano was able to keep the Marlins scoreless for most of the day - before center fielder Justin Ruggiano hit a solo home run with one out in the sixth to make it a 2-1 game.

Following Koehler's departure, Miami's bullpen had a hard time recording outs. Lefty Mike Dunn replaced Jon Rauch with runners on first and third and nobody out in the seventh, and gave up RBI singles to Carl Crawford and Van Slyke and a sacrifice fly to Andre Eithier to make it a 5-1 contest.

Steve Cishek worked a scoreless eighth, and Miami was able to score two runs off of Los Angeles closer Brandon League, until League retired pinch hitter Greg Dobbs for the final out.

In the world of Miami rookies, Marcell Ozuna had a two hit day in right field, while second baseman Derek Dietrich added two hits, and scored a run.

The Marlins have an off day Monday before they host Cincinnati for a three game series at Marlins Park beginning Tuesday. Jeff Mathis is expected to be activated from the disabled list before the game.

Source: FanGraphs