It was the first home series for Los Angeles since returning to play from the All-Star break the previous weekend.
The series featured the best team in the MLB against one of the worst teams. However, before the blowout in the finale, the first two games in the series were a little too close for the Dodgers’ comfort level.
On Friday night, the offense seemingly took an evening off, but the trio of Hyun-Jin Ryu, Kenta Maeda and Kenley Jansen was strong in its pitching performance, limiting the Fish to just one run on four hits over the entire contest.
Saturday’s affair saw Clayton Kershaw throw six brilliant innings, only to see his relief crew collapse and squander his six-run lead in the seventh and eighth frames. JT Chargois, Yimi Garcia and Caleb Ferguson were charged with six combined runs in relief, erasing the much-deserved win opportunity for Kersh. Nevertheless, Matt Beaty delivered a three-run shot to the seats in right-center field in the eighth, rescuing his bullpen from another potential disaster and clinching the win.
On Sunday, the offense was near its peak, but the real story was the effectiveness of Walker Buehler. The 24-year-old righty threw seven outstanding innings, scattering just five hits and striking out 11 while walking none.
After a Justin Turner walk, Muncy’s 26th home run of the season put the Dodgers ahead to stay in the bottom of the first inning. With Buehler having collected a walk of his own in the bottom of the third frame, Pederson drove his 26th homer over the wall in right to stretch the lead to four runs. Pollock’s sixth long ball was of the three-run variety, putting an exclamation point on the Los Angeles scoring for the afternoon.
Pollock ended up going 3-for-4 on the day with four RBI and two runs scored.
Enrique Hernandez added two hits for the Dodgers, the biggest being a double to left field that scored Pollock in the sixth inning.
Casey Sadler pitch a perfect eighth frame and lefty Caleb Ferguson survived the ninth inning to preserve the victory for Buehler, his ninth of the year.
For the Marlins, highly-touted rookie right-hander Jordan Yamamoto suffered the loss.
After a day off on Monday, the Dodgers will host the Angels in a quick, two-game series beginning on Tuesday night.
One important date to keep in mind is is the league trade deadline on July 31, which is now just 10 short days away.