Starting the Second Half off right…
Not content with having the most wins in the first half, the Dodgers kicked off the second half with the lead in most wins (albeit a tie with about half of the teams in MLB). Still, it was an incredible comeback win (again) for the Dodgers as they overcame the Miami Marlins and their closer, A.J. Ramos, in the 6-4 victory at Marlins Park in Miami.
The Dodgers scored the first run of the game in the second inning in bizarre fashion. Joc Pederson opened the inning with a double of Marlins starter Dan Straily. Yasmani Grandal hit a single to right, moving Pederson to third. The Marlins caught Grandal off first base and had him in a rundown that they failed to convert, with second baseman and former Dodger Dee Gordon throwing off the mark to home which allowed Pederson to score. Chris Taylor then singled but Grandal was nailed at the plate to end the inning.
The Marlins tied the game in the 4th when Martin Prado doubled to center with two outs and J.T. Realmuto singled to center, scoring Prado.
Solo homers by Yasiel Puig (449 feet) and Corey Seager in the top of the 5th put the Dodgers up 3-1 but the Marlins came right back in the bottom of the inning to take the lead. Ichiro Suzuki, pinch hitting for Straily, has hit by a pitch to reach first base. Dee Gordon bunted, but Yasmani Grandal throw to Corey Seager at second to force out Ichiro. With Gordon on first, Giancarlo Stanton lined a double to right, scoring Gordon. A passed ball allowed Stanton to advance to third. Christian Yelich struck out for the second out. Marcell Ozuna walked to put runners at the corners. Justin Bour drilled to double to left that went to the wall, scoring both Stanton and Ozuna, to give the Marlins the 4-3 lead. Brandon McCarthy was pulled and replaced by Ross Stripling who retired Martin Prado to end the inning with no further damage.
The Marlins bullpen held the Dodgers in check until the 9th inning. Miami brought in A.J. Ramos to finish the game. He retired the first two batters…Cody Bellinger on a ground out and Logan Forsythe by strikeout. Joc Pederson, with two outs and down to 2 strikes, singled to right. A wild pitch moved Pederson to second, but it didn’t really matter as Yasmani Grandal walked on a full count. Trayce Thompson replaced Grandal at first. Another wild pitch moved the runners to second and third. Ramos had the next batter, Yasiel Puig, down to 2 strikes, but Puig homered to left center to give the Dodgers the 6-4 lead, much to the chagrin of current Marlins manager and former Dodgers manager Don Mattingly.
Kenley Jansen finished out the Marlins on 13 pitches (two groundouts and a strikeout) for his 22nd save. Dodgers win!
The Dodgers (62-29) moved 8 1/2 games ahead of the Arizona Diamondbacks in the NL West standings with the win. The D-Backs lost, 4-3, to the Atlanta Braves. The Colorado Rockies fell 10 1/2 games behind with their 14-2 loss to the New York Mets.
The San Francisco Giants finally get ace pitcher Madison Bumgarner back today but trailing the Dodgers by 27 games, I’ll really go out on a limb and say that he’s not going to make much of a difference.