Hanley Ramirez was back in Miami last night for the first time since being traded to the Dodgers on July 25. He heard plenty of boos from the 28,130 in attendance at Marlins Park, but he got the last laugh.
Ramirez went 3-for-5 with two RBI as the Dodgers topped the Marlins 5-2. He had a go-ahead RBI single in the top of the sixth inning and later added a bases-loaded infield single in the seventh to knock in another run. It was his first three-hit game since May 30. You know, if he had more of those, the Marlins probably never would have traded him in the first place.
Clayton Kershaw allowed two runs over 6 1/3 innings to improve to 10-6 on the year while Kenley Jansen worked around a couple baserunners in the ninth to notch his 23rd save. The Dodgers have won back-to-back games while the Giants have dropped two in a row, so the two teams are now in a flat-footed tie at 61-52 in the National League West. This promises to be a fun race.
Your Friday box scores:
Reds 10, Cubs 8
Red Sox 3, Indians 2
Cardinals 1, Phillies 3
Royals 1, Orioles 7
Padres 9, Pirates 8
Yankees 10, Blue Jays 4
Tigers 6, Rangers 2
Braves 4, Mets 0
Athletics 3, White Sox 4
Brewers 3, Astros 4
Rays 12, Twins 6
Nationals 9, Diamondbacks 1
Mariners 5, Angels 6
Rockies 3, Giants 0
MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick reports that the Dodgers plan to tab ace Clayton Kershaw for Game 1 of the World Series. Nothing is set in stone yet ahead of Tuesday’s Game 1 of the World Series. In the event Kershaw can’t start Game 1, Rich Hill would start. Otherwise, Hill would start Game 4.
Kershaw, started Game 1 and Game 5 of the NLCS against the Brewers, then closed out Game 7 with a flawless inning. He was hit around to the tune of five runs (four earned) over three-plus innings in Game 1, but rebounded for seven innings of one-run ball in Game 5. He struck out two en route to sending the Dodgers to the World Series in the ninth inning of Game 7.
Kershaw also tossed eight shutout innings against the Braves in Game 2 of the NLDS. Overall, he has a 2.37 ERA in 19 innings this postseason. There was no doubt who would be the Dodgers’ first choice to start Game 1, but it’s a relatively recent situation where the ace of a team also closed out the final game of the previous series.
Hill has put up a 2.61 ERA in 10 1/3 innings this postseason. While he doesn’t have Kershaw’s pedigree, the Dodgers would be confident having him lead off the series. Hill was excellent down the stretch last year, helping the Dodgers reach Game 7 of the World Series against the Astros.
The Red Sox plan to start Chris Sale in Game 1 now that he’s recovered from a brief stint in the hospital due to a stomach ailment. The lefty has a 3.48 in 10 1/3 innings in the playoffs this year. He’s among a handful of candidates for the AL Cy Young award after posting a 2.11 ERA in the regular season, but his lack of innings (158) may hurt him.