Adrian Gonzalez #23 of the Los Angeles Dodgers singles during the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on August 20, 2013 in Miami, Florida.
The Dodgers entered Tuesday's contest against the Marlins on a two-game slide and a sputtering offense, but left the victors in a 6-4 victory. While it sounds wrong to call a team that scored six runs offensively-challenged, the Dodgers appeared to be just that on Tuesday.
They stacked up 16 hits, with at least one from every starter, making it frustrating to watch them develop a scoring threat every inning, usually, to no avail.
In the fourth inning they put together a big two-out rally, as Jacob Turner intentionally walked Tim Federowicz, with Skip Schumaker on base, to face Capuano. That plan failed to work out as Capuano worked out a walk and the Dodgers got three consecutive singles from Carl Crawford, Mark Ellis, and Adrian Gonzalez for four runs.
But even that two-out rally could have been much more. Andre Ethier and Juan Uribe led off the inning with singles, but were erased by Skip Schumaker on a double-play ball.
Schumaker's double play in the fourth was his second of the game, and the team ended up with four all together. They had a runner in scoring position in each of the first seven innings, and only scored in the fourth. As a team, 12 runners were left on base, and they combined to go 4-17 with runners in scoring position.
On the mound Chris Capuano was hardly effective, giving up three runs on six hits and a walk with one strikeout in five innings. He gave up a double to the first batter he faced, Christian Yelich, and he scored on consecutive groundouts for the first run of the game.
Then, with a 4-1 lead in the bottom of the fourth, Capuano could not get out of the inning and gave up two runs on three hits and a walk. He left the game winning 4-3, but the bullpen quickly blew the lead in the sixth.
Brandon League faced four batters in 0.1 innings of work, striking out Ed Lucas, and then giving up two singles and a walk to tie up the game at 4-4. J.P. Howell, Chris Withrow, Ronald Belisario, Paco Rodriguez and Kenley Jansen came in after League and combined for 3.2 innings of scoreless ball.
With the game tied 4-4 and in the sixth Yasiel Puig was brought in off the bench as part of a double switch. The score stayed knotted up at four until the eighth inning when Puig hit the only pitch of the day that he saw for a moon-shot to left field for a solo home run.
He gave the Dodgers the lead 5-4, and they never looked back. Puig was on the bench due to recent struggles, but proved, again, just how unpredictable he is.
In the ninth they added an insurance run with a Hanley Ramirez double and Tim Federowicz RBI-single, putting the final score at 6-4, and breaking the Dodgers two-game losing streak. It was an ugly game, but in the end they got it done, and of course Puig found a way to have the biggest impact possible despite limited playing time.
On Wednesday Zack Greinke takes the mound against former-Dodger Nathan Eovaldi in game three of the series against the Marlins.
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