Sandy Alcántara: 5 IP, 7 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 2 HR
Clayton Kershaw: 6 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 10 K, 0 HR
The Marlins have had Kershaw's number for a while now, but Saturday night, it was finally Kershaw's turn. He shutdown the Fish for six innings, giving up only two hits. The Marlins looked overpowered every time they came to the plate.
Alcántara ran into trouble multiple times against the Dodgers. Joc Pederson led off the scoring with a solo shot in the first. The Dodgers scored three more runs in the fourth. Austin Barnes doubled in two runs while Kershaw singled in the third.
The Marlins to their credit did show signs of life after Kershaw was taken out of the game. The first little spark was a Starlin Castro solo home run in the seventh. With the score 6-1 there was still plenty of work to do.
The Marlins had a breakout eighth inning scoring five runs. Bryan Holaday singled to begin things, followed by a Curtis Granderson double. Yadiel Rivera who replaced Miguel Rojas because of an injury got himself a walk to load the bases. Jorge Alfaro got the call to pinch hit with the bases juiced. He hit a sacrifice fly which was a foot away from being a grand slam.
Garrett Cooper then got himself a walk. Brian Anderson doubled in two more runs, this ball like Alfaro's was almost gone. The Fish were now only down two runs. Castro continued the momentum by getting hit by a pitch. Harold Ramirez then made it worth it by scoring two runs on a force out/error by the Dodgers infield.
The Fish completed their giant comeback by tying it at 6-6. The Fish would not score another run, but the Dodgers had a big half inning waiting for them.
Elieser Hernandez pitched the bottom of the eighth inning, and he was hit hard. He gave up four runs on four hits. The biggest moment of impact came from a Matt Beaty three-run home run. The crushing inning gave the Dodgers a 10-6 lead. The Marlins were put away in the ninth without much issue.
Finishing up the series on Sunday will be Jordan Yamamoto taking on Walker Buehler at 4:10 ET.
Marlins vs Dodgers box score (MLB.com)
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