Dodgers Vs. Marlins: L.A. Drops Series Finale, Leaves 16 Runners On Base

The Dodgers finish 4-2 against the Marlins this season.

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Dodgers Vs. Marlins Game Recap: Offense Leaves 16 On Base In 6-2 Loss

The Los Angeles Dodgers were unable to complete their sweep of the struggling Marlins on Sunday, losing by a score of 6-2. The Dodgers took an early lead against Mark Buehrle, but four homers from Miami were too much to overcome for the offense this afternoon.

Aaron Harang made the start for L.A. and started strong, although he lasted just 5.1 innings. Harang surrendered three runs on six hits and a walk, working in and out of trouble in the middle frames to keep the game close.

Adrian Gonzalez continued his hot start with an RBI single in the first. Giancarlo Stanton tied the game at 1-1 in the fourth with a solo homer to center field. Rob Brantly then hit his first long ball of the season in the fifth with a two-run shot to push the Marlins lead to 3-1.

Andre Ethier singled home Matt Kemp in the seventh to cut the deficit to 3-2. L.A. was unable to get anything more out of the rally though, which really hurt their comeback chances.

Miami added one run in the eighth on a fielding error from Hanley Ramirez. Jose Reyes and Carlos Lee both hit solo homers in the ninth to push their lead to 6-2. The Dodgers put two runners on with only one out in the bottom half of the ninth, although neither A.J. Ellis or Mark Ellis were able to come up with a key hit.

As a team, Los Angeles went 2-for-17 with runners in scoring position and left 16 on base.

The club will now head to Colorado to begin a series with the Rockies. Josh Beckett will make his debut on Monday night in a 5:40 p.m. PT start.

For more on the Dodgers, check out True Blue LA.


Dodgers Vs. Marlins Game Preview: L.A. Goes For Sweep

Adrian Gonzalez made a splash in his first start for the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday, but the real stretch run begins now for L.A.. The Dodgers send Aaron Harang to the mound Sunday at 1:05 p.m. PT to try to capture the final game in a three-game set against the Miami Marlins and sweep the series.

Gonzalez's three-run homer in his first game back in the National League following yesterday's trade between the Dodgers and Boston Red Sox — that also sends Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford and Nick Punto to Los Angeles — was the result the Dodgers were likely looking for after engineering the trade. The Dodgers stand two games back of the San Francisco Giants in the National League West standings, with less than 40 games to go in the season.

The reinvigorated Dodgers offense will find Marlins starter Mark Buehrle on the mound, who looks to help Miami salvage the final game of the three-game set.

For more Dodgers baseball coverage, visit True Blue LA.


Dodgers vs. Marlins Recap: LA Invigorated By New Faces, Downs Marlins 8-2

Adrian Gonzalez already has the Hollywood thing down with his flare for the dramatic. Gonzales, along with pitcher Josh Beckett, outfielder Carl Crawford (out for season due to Tommy John surgery), and infielder Nick Punto, were acquired by the Los Angeles Dodgers from the Boston Red Sox earlier in the day in a huge nine-player trade. In his first ever at-bat as a Dodger, Gonzalez hit a three-run home-run off of Miami Marlins' starting pitcher Josh Johnson. It would be a long night for Johnson and the struggling Marlins' with LA winning the game 8-2.

Reinvigorated by the pickup of four new players, the Dodger bats came alive tonight behind starter Clayton Kershaw. In another strong outing, Kershaw pitched eight-innings giving up only two runs on three hits with eight strikeouts, improving his record to 12-7 with a 2.84 ERA. In addition to Gonzalez, the tandem of Ethier and Kemp would provide the run-cushion for their starter. Andre Ethier went 4-for-4, driving in one-run and scoring-two. Matt Kemp was 3-for-5, bringing home one-run and scoring another.

The new-look Dodgers are hoping that this infusion of new talent is what will push the team over the San Francisco Giants and win the NL West.

For more on the Los Angeles Dodgers, swing by True Blue LA and SB Nation Los Angeles.


Shane Victorino Injury: Dodgers OF Scratched From Lineup With Back Tightness

Shane Victorino was scratched from Saturday's lineup as the Los Angeles Dodgers take on the Miami Marlins in Dodger Stadium. Victorino was set to play left field and lead off at the top of L.A.'s lineup.

Juan Rivera will step in at left field, while Luis Cruz moves up to hit second. Newly-acquired first baseman Adrian Gonzalez is set to hit clean-up for the Dodgers. The lineups shape up like this tonight:

DODGERS (68-58)

1. Mark Ellis 2B
2. Luis Cruz 3B
3. Matt Kemp CF
4. Adrian Gonzalez 1B
5. Hanley Ramirez SS
6. Andre Ethier RF
7. Juan Rivera LF
8. A.J. Ellis C
9. Clayton Kershaw P

MARLINS (57-70)

1. Gorkys Hernandez CF
2. Donovan Solano 2B
3. Jose Reyes SS
4. Carlos Lee 1B
5. Giancarlo Stanton RF
6. Justin Ruggiano LF
7. John Buck C
8. Donnie Murphy 3B
9. Josh Johnson P

For more news and notes on the Dodgers, be sure to read True Blue LA, and stay tuned to SB Nation Los Angeles.


Chad Billingsley Injury: Pitcher Sent To DL With Right Elbow Pain

The Los Angeles Dodgers have sent pitcher Chad Billingsley to the disabled list with pain in his right elbow. Billingsley left during the fourth inning of Friday's game against the Miami Marlins with his team up 6-3 (a game the Dodgers would win 11-4).

An MRI on the elbow last night showed inflammation. Today, Dodgers' general manager Ned Coletti said, "You can't look at our rotation and tell me we don't need Josh Beckett." Beckett is set to make his first start for the Dodgers on Monday.

The injury could be of some concern for Dodgers fans, as this Billingsley hit the DL in mid-July with similar problems. Billingsley is 10-9 with a 3.55 ERA so far this season. In 149.2 innings pitched, he has struck out 128 batters while walking just 45.

For more news and notes on Billingsley and the Dodgers, be sure to read True Blue LA and stay tuned to SB Nation Los Angeles.


Dodgers Vs. Marlins Game Preview: L.A. Seeks 2nd Consecutive Win

With a blockbuster trade expected to be finalized on Saturday, the Los Angeles Dodgers prepare to take on the Miami Marlins in the second game of a three-game series at Dodger Stadium. First pitch is at 6:10 p.m. PT as the Dodgers look to win their second in a row after opening the series with a 11-4 victory on Friday night.

The Dodgers send lefty ace Clayton Kershaw to the mound against the Marlins' powerful right-hander Josh Johnson.

Kershaw has once again been brilliant for the Dodgers in 2012, going 11-7 with a 2.87 ERA and 175 strikeouts to only 42 walks. Opposing batters are hitting .213 against Kershaw this season, just below his career average.

Johnson -- much like the 57-70 Marlins -- has struggled in 2012, going 7-10 with a 3.73 ERA. Johnson has taken the loss in each of his last three starts.

Since the major trade between the Dodgers and the Red Sox that would have L.A. receiving Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford and Nick Punto has yet to go through, it is unclear whether any of those players will suit up for the Dodgers tonight.

For more updates on the Dodgers and tonight's game, check out True Blue LA.


Chad Billingsley Injury: MRI Shows Right Elbow Inflammation

The injury that pulled Chad Billingsley from Friday night's game against the Marlins was diagnosed as right elbow inflammation after an MRI Friday night.

Billingsley left the game midway through the fourth inning. He exited after 3.1 innings, having allowed five hits and three earned runs already. The Dodgers' offense provided plenty of help however, scoring 11 runs as LA went on to beat Miami 11-4, keeping them three games back of the Giants in the NL West.

The right-hander has missed time already this season with elbow inflammation, spending a stint in July on the 15-day disabled list. Since returning from that time on the DL, Billingsley has been stellar for the Dodgers, going 6-0 with a 1.30 ERA in his last six starts.

In his seventh season with the Dodgers, Billingsley is 10-9 with a 3.55 ERA in 2012. The Dodgers and Marlins square off tonight at 6:10 in the second game of the series.

For updates and all your Dodgers news, visit True Blue LA.


Dodgers Vs. Marlins Game Recap: Andre Ethier Goes 4-for-4 to Lead Dodgers in Win as Trade Rumors Swirl

Andre Ethier went 4-4 and added 4 RBIs as the Los Angeles Dodgers focused on the task at hand amidst rumors of a trade with the Boston Red Sox and defeated the Miami Marlins, 11-4 on Friday night at Dodger Stadium.

The Dodgers' bats were lively as Ethier, Juan Rivera, and Hanley Ramirez each homered in the contest. The Dodgers were an impressive 4-9 with runners in scoring position and pulled away from the Marlins behind its strong offensive output.

Starting pitcher Chad Billingsley left the game in the bottom of the fourth inning with a tender right elbow, but the Dodgers' bullpen managed to put together a strong performance, collectively striking out five and only allowing just one run.

Billingsley struggled prior to leaving the game and gave up five hits, three earned runs and walked three in just over three and one-third innings of work. Marlins' starter Nate Eovaldi earned his ninth loss of the season.

For more on the Dodgers, visit True Blue LA.


Dodgers Vs. Marlins Game Preview: Chad Billingsley Seeks 7th Straight Win

The Los Angeles Dodgers send their best pitcher of late, Chad Billingsley, to the mound to open a huge three-game series against the Miami Marlins Friday.

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