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Dodger offense sets strikeout mark in loss to Marlins

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While the focus was on Clayton Kershaw’s reunion with a big-league pitcher’s mound tonight, Miami’s Jose Fernandez quietly stole the show.

The 24-year-old — who trails only Kershaw among MLB starting pitchers in ERA since 1920 — struck out 14 Dodgers, the most by any single pitcher against Los Angeles in 14 years, in a 4-1 Marlins victory.

With Miami’s bullpen producing three more strikeouts, the Dodger offense set a team record for strikeouts in a nine-inning game with 17. The previous mark of 16 was reached seven times, most recently in 2014.

Fernandez finished with seven shutout innings, allowing three hits and three walks.

The Dodger offense threatened Fernandez early, putting four of its first seven hitters on base. But Fernandez cut the correct wire both times, then went into overdrive — striking out the side in the third and fourth innings, on his way to matching Randy Johnson’s 14 strikeouts against the Dodgers on August 31, 2004.

Tom Seaver holds the single-game record for striking out Dodgers, with 16 on May 1, 1974. Seaver pitched 12 innings in the game and got a no-decision in a 2-1 Mets loss.

In the ninth against Fernando Rodney — who as a Tampa Bay Ray gave up four ninth-inning runs to the Dodgers on August 9, 2013 — the never-say-die Dodgers nearly rallied.

Starting things off, Yasmani Grandal tied Justin Turner for the team lead in homers with 25 with a solo shot. Josh Reddick and Joc Pederson singled, bringing up last week’s grand slam hero and Marlon Anderson equivalent, Andrew Toles, with none out. 

Against reliever A.J. Ramos, Toles hit a similar drive to the game-winning shot in Colorado, but it stayed in the park. Then pinch-hitter Carlos Ruiz struck out on a full-count fastball, and Chase Utley finished the game as the Dodgers’ 17th strikeout of the night.

Reddick went 3 for 4 with a double, making him 10 for 16 with a .938 slugging percentage since the month began.

After tying a team record with their massive bullpen by using eight pitchers in a nine-inning game Wednesday, the Dodgers matched it tonight — and needed only eight innings to do so. That included shutout innings by Luis Avilan, Josh Ravin and Adam Liberatore.


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  1. Toles hit would have been a homer at Coors, he hit it as well, if not better tonight. Baseball.

  2. oldbrooklynfan

    This was Fernandez’s night but pending on how he feels tomorrow, it could be a victory for Kershaw. If he feels good it’s like a win, right?

  3. I’m extremely happy to see CK22 back on the mound however he pitched, & will be even happier as he continues. Fernandez is following in CK22 footsteps but I felt and saw what made me think our guys were not really mentally in the game. To me it seemed flat (exception to Kershaw) It was like a just moving along type of game. A TURTLE comes to mind. I’m not disrespecting the guys but it was like such a long game for hardly any action on the D’s part until Fernandez sat but even then when we had some chances, a MULE comes to mind empty efforts. So I’m just not sure if it was Fernandez excellence or the D’s lack of effort. Fernandez is not the only pitcher with an excellent style and we’ve done well against the others. Games over tomorrow it’ll be someone else. Hill here is a thumbs up to you, get us a win! That means D’s players “LET’S PLAY BALL”

    • Jon Weisman

      There’s no reason to think the Dodger hitters weren’t trying tonight. It’s baseball, and you don’t succeed simply at will.

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