Hero of the Game: Giancarlo Stanton (0.072 WPA)
Goat of the Game: Josh Johnson (-0.468 WPA), but name anyone you want.
Play of the Game: Adrian Gonzalez homers in the first inning. Luis Cruz scores. Matt Kemp scores. (-0.149 WPA)
Look, I could get into how poorly Johnson pitched, or how unlucky he was in allowing ten hits along with how bad he was for allowing two homers (including one to Mark Ellis. Seriously, Mark freaking Ellis!). I could discuss in more detail about how Clayton Kershaw was stellar for the Los Angeles Dodgers, throwing eight innings and striking out eight despite a shaky start in the first inning. I could tell you how bad the offense was in only getting on base six times in nine innings. I could show you just how poor the team performed in every aspect of the game in tonight's 8-2 loss against the Dodgers.
But Fish Stripes reader Jeremy Hulme said it best about this game:
Marlins lose again in LA. Stanton homers while rest of lineup hung over from Disneyland.
The story basically comes down to just that. Yeah, Johnson pitched poorly. Yeah, he allowed a few bloop singles and doubles. Yeah, the Marlins could barely get the ball out of the infield against the reigning Cy Young winner. But at the end of the day, Marlins fans will check the box score and see two important things: the Marlins lost, and Giancarlo Stanton hit another home run.
Such is the life of the Marlins fan in an improbably disappointing 2012 season.Stanton Goes Deep Again
In Giancarlo Stanton's evident attempt to hit ALL the homers, he took Kershaw deep again in the second inning of this game, and once again, it was no wall scraper. That monster shot propelled high off of his bat, but it was going places in left field, heading up about eight or nine rows from leaving the park.
That is Stanton's 28th homer of the season and his second home run of the series. After a relatively dry four-game set against the Arizona Diamondbacks (just one homer), he has picked it up once again in this Dodgers series with a long ball in each game at Dodgers Stadium. Hopefully he can go deep one more time tomorrow afternoon.
Rest of the Game Fell Apart
The rest of the game was atrocious. Johnson allowed ten hits, struck out three and walked one, and more importantly gave up two long balls. One was to Adrian Gonzalez, who was just recently acquired from the Boston Red Sox and spent no time getting acclimated to massive Los Angeles cheers; his three-run shot in the first was part of a four-run inning and earned himself a standing ovation. But the Fish weren't finished giving up long balls either, as they also allowed taters to Mark Ellis and Andre Ethier.
Meanwhile, the Fish couldn't even get on base, managing to hop aboard just six times in the entire game, and that includes Stanton's home run. Even when they got on base, it was not pretty. The Fish scored on a "manufactured" run on consecutive groundouts following Gorkys Hernandez's leadoff double. In Hernandez's only other trip on base, he was picked off by Kershaw.
Yes, this was one of the ugliest games in the Marlins' ruined 2012 year in terms of sheer negativity all around. It was a completely forgettable event, and hopefully the Marlins do forget it, because they will have an afternoon tilt with the Dodgers in tomorrow's series finale.