The Dodgers were shut out in game three against the Marlins.
The Dodgers and Marlins were nearly involved in another potential perfect game. LA’s first baserunner came in the fifth inning, and while their offense was being shut down the Marlins strung together enough hits for a 3-0 win.
Maeda was cruising early on, but struggled in the fourth. After striking Gordon out, Maeda gave up three consecutive singles to allow a run. He gave up a sac fly to make it 2-0, and a pair of infield singles reloaded the bases. Maeda managed to escape the inning without any more damage,
The defense allowed one of those infield singles, and shoddy defense gave the Marlins a third run in the sixth. After Martin Prado led off with a single, Christian Yelich singled to right. Josh Reddick had some issues fielding it, and when he got the ball to the cutoff man, Corey Seager threw the ball away to allow Prado to score. Maeda was able to strand Yelich at third, but it wasn’t a great look.
Despite the poor defense, Maeda was able to turn in a solid outing. He was pulled after six innings. He gave up eight hits, which obviously isn’t ideal. Maeda limited the damage to two runs and struck out three. It wasn’t his best outing, but he gave the Dodgers six quality innings.
They got a whole two baserunners on in the seventh inning, with back-to-back singles by Seager and Adrian Gonzalez. It looked like the start of a one-out rally, but a Yasmani Grandal double play killed that.
The Dodgers went quietly otherwise. Urena wasn’t exactly mowing them down, but the Dodgers were swinging early and helping him out a lot.
Urena absolutely shoved, but a Josh Reddick single in the ninth knocked him out of the game. However, Urena finished with four hits and no walks allowed in 8.2 innings, needing 108 pitches to nearly throw a CGSO.
A.J. Ramos came in and picked up a two pitch save to close out the game. Awful showing by the offense, but it happens.
Luis Avilan was the first reliever out of the pen today. He allowed a leadoff single to Urena, but got a double play and a flyout to end the inning.
Jesse Chavez followed suit, allowing a two-out single in the eighth but getting out of the inning with no further damage. Guys like Avilan and Chavez aren’t locks for the playoff bullpen, so every scoreless inning out of them helps their case to make the roster.
The Giants and Diamondbacks start at 1 today, so the Dodgers will either be four or three games up in a few hours.
The Dodgers head to New York to open up a three game series against the Yankees tomorrow. Monday and Tuesday games will be at 4 PST, Wednesday’s game at 1.