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MIA 0, LAD 7; Hoeing struggles in debut, and Dodgers take game 2 of series

Led by a new call-up, the Marlins lost a lopsided game.

Justin Turner #10 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates a three-run home run with Freddie Freeman #5 against the Miami Marlins in the third inning at Dodger Stadium on August 20, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

After suffering their 26th one-run loss of the season, the Miami Marlins looked to bounce back and take game 2 against the Dodgers on Saturday.

Before we get into the recap, it is worth noting that the Dodgers activated Dustin May (Tommy John surgery) off of the 60-day IL. This was his 2022 season debut. On the Marlins’ end, Braxton Garrett was expected to be the starter until around 3-4 hours before game time when he was placed on the 15-day IL due to a right oblique strain. The fill in for him was 2019 draft pick Bryan Hoeing, who was making his MLB debut.

The first inning was a rather interesting one for the Fish. It began with the routine hit from Joey Wendle followed by him stealing second. Jon Berti was Dustin May’s first strikeout of the season followed by Jesús Aguilar. May loaded the bases by walking JJ Bleday and Brian Anderson, but Nick Fortes struck out swinging.

The Dodgers wasted no time introducing Hoeing to the majors. After Mookie Betts grounded out, Trea Turner and Freddie Freeman singled, and that set the stage for a Will Smith 3-run homer, giving the Dodgers an early 3-0 lead. This was Smith’s 18th homer of the season which left the bat at 107.5 MPH and traveled 403 ft to left field.

On the more positive end, Hoeing recorded his first major league strikeout in that inning against the hot-hitting Max Muncy. It was an 80.4 MPH curveball to get Muncy swinging. Congrats to Bryan Hoeing on the accomplishment.

Hoeing got him into more trouble in the third. Mookie Betts and Trea Turner singled and Freddie Freeman hit an RBI single which drove in Betts. The Dodgers extended the lead to 4-0.

With runners on 1st and 2nd and one out, Justin Turner stepped up to the plate and hit a 3-run homer to give the Dodgers a 7-0 lead. Like Smith’s bomb, it was off another sinker pulled to left field. This was Turner’s 9th homer of the year.

Hoeing’s debut ended after that with 7 runs allowed (all earned). He showed the ability to throw his sinker, slider and changeup for strikes, but his command wasn’t at it’s best. The right-hander produced 6 swings-and-misses. Hoeing is expected to make his next start on Friday, August 26 in a rematch against the Dodgers at LoanDepot Park.

Dustin May’s night was complete after 5 innings of pure dominance. He struck out 9 Marlins while allowing only 1 hit. May went to his bread-and-butter pitch, the sinker, to get strikes to his arm side. His velocity was in the high 90s, similar to the stuff he had before injuring himself last season. He used his curveball to get the Marlins to chase outside of the zone.

This was definitely a great way to come back from such a long absence.

May’s Final Line: 5.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 9 SO, 71 NP, 0.00 ERA

Both offenses stayed quiet throughout the remainder of the game. The only big moment to mention was a Peyton Burdick leaping grab in the 7th that would’ve probably scored 3 more Dodgers runs if he didn’t make the play.

Friend of the Fish Stripes podcast Andrew Nardi was born in nearby West Hills, California. He made his 2nd MLB appearance in front of around 40 friends and family members. He pitched a scoreless inning and allowed 2 hits, 1 walk, and 1 strikeout.

This was Miami’s 13th time being shut out this season. The Dodgers out-hit the Marlins, 12-3. Bryan Hoeing is the losing pitcher, while Dustin May earns the win.

Sandy Alcantara is on the mound for the series finale on Sunday at 4:10pm EST. Louis Addeo-Weiss will be doing the recap.

Manager Don Mattingly’s Postgame Press Conference