Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2021
On a cool Friday evening at Dodger Stadium, the Los Angeles Dodgers used an eight-run second inning to beat the Miami Marlins 9-to-6.
AJ Pollock returned to the lineup from missing the last four games with a Grade 1 hamstring strain, but he was forced to leave the game with the same injury. Probably on Saturday, the Dodgers will put him on the IL.
Despite striking out eleven Marlins, Clayton Kershaw did not pitch up to his standards. He did not have the great control that led to his problems, but as usual, his slider baffled the opposition.
Everyone in the Dodger lineup contributed to the huge inning that was capped off by Max Muncy’s 3-run homer. Muncy has hit a home run in three consecutive games. Austin Barnes narrowly missed hitting a home run but had a run-producing double.
While Blake Treinen, Victor Gonzàlez, and Kenley Jansen pitched well in relief, Dennis Santana did not. He has been the Dodger weak link in the bullpen. Soon the Dodgers will activate David Price, who had a Grade 2 hamstring strain, from the IL, and they should consider demoting Santana.