Nothing seemed to be working properly at
Not the scoreboard, which struggled to keep up with every run the
Not the phone line between the dugout and the bullpen, which also gave out, forcing
And certainly not the home team, which endured its worst beating of an uneven season. The Marlins, the team that pressed a double-A pitcher into service to replace its injured ace, put up six runs in the second inning and six more in the fourth en route to a 13-3 drubbing of the Dodgers.
The Dodgers, the team with the
By the fourth inning, the Marlins had set a season high for runs. After the fifth inning, Mattingly gave
The Dodgers were foiled by the hottest trend in baseball, the exaggerated defensive shift. Three balls that would have been outs under a traditional defensive alignment went for hits.
That, however, was the least of the Dodgers' concerns. They could not hit, pitch, or field very well.
They also have to wonder about the condition of reliever
Anthony DeSclafani, making his major league debut with Miami in place of the injured
But he also could not stop the bleeding in the big innings, the first of which featured the all too usual fielding miscues. The Dodgers and
Reed Johnson started the Miami second inning with a single to center field. Then, with
Adeiny Hechavarria flied out, and
DeSclafani grounded to second baseman
That could have been a force play, maybe an inning-ending double play. The error meant that five of the six runs in the inning would be unearned, but Maholm hardly distinguished himself.
Christian Yelich delivered a sacrifice fly, Ed Lucas followed with a home run, and the Marlins led, 5-0.
Baker hit a little dribbler, a few feet up the third base line. Maholm and catcher