Florida vs Los Angeles Story

Just wanted to see how writing a game story would be.  I haven’t written a story in six years. Pardon my rust, or my English, or any run-on sentences!

Florida’s Miguel Cabrera hasn’t had much luck against the Los Angeles Dodgers during his young career.

Entering Wednesday’s game, Cabrera had a career batting average of .217 against the Dodgers, the second lowest average against National League teams, including a 0 for 9 skid during the current series.

He broke the .220 barrier in a big way.

Cabrera’s lifetime average against the Dodgers increased 21 points after smashing two home runs and driving in five runs helping the visiting Marlins to a 15-4 rout at Dodger Stadium in the series and season finale between the two squads.

Cabrera improved to 21 of 88 lifetime against Los Angeles (.238), still second worst against NL foes. He is hitting only .195 against Houston.  He has a .272 career average or better against 12 National League teams.

Cabrera connected on a two-run home run in the fourth and added a three-run shot in the sixth inning giving him 20 home runs and 87 RBI this season. Cabrera, who is second behind Pittsburgh’s Freddy Sanchez in the National League with a .337 batting average, ended the Marlins’ nine-game road trip batting .444 (16 for 36). The Marlins’ win enabled them to complete their road trip above .500 (5-4).

“He’s a big part of our offense, and once again, he’s right in the middle of things,” Florida skipper Joe Giradi told MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro of Cabrera.

Florida’s Cody Ross, who started this season in a Dodgers uniform, added two hits and four RBI including a three-run double in the first-inning. Ross, who was traded from the Dodgers in late April to Cincinnati and then from the Reds to the Marlins (56-64) in late May, left the game in the fourth inning after colliding with teammate Dan Uggla on a fly ball.  Ross’ x-rays on his right knee were negative and he is listed as day-to-day.

Cabrera and Ross were two of seven Marlin starters who posted at least two hits on the day in their squad’s 16-hit attack. Uggla, Hanley Ramirez, Josh Willingham, Wes Helms, and Miguel Olivo added two hits apiece.  Helms and Uggla scored three times and Willingham scored twice.

Florida’s 15 runs were more than it had scored in the previous five games against the Dodgers. The Marlins outburst saved them from being swept in the season series by the Dodgers, who had outscored them 31-9 in the first five games.  Florida’s win also snapped Los Angeles’ winning streak at six and ended the Dodgers run of 17 wins in its last 18 games, matching a team record dating back to 1899. The last NL team to have such a streak was the 1986 World Champion New York Mets.

Florida starter Josh Johnson was effective enough to get the win and improve to 11-6.  Johnson was not overpowering but managed to get through six innings allowing four runs on six hits, striking out two and walking three. He ended his day retiring eight of the last nine batters he faced.

His counterpart,  Los Angeles’ Mark Hendrickson, didn’t fare as well in the loss lasting just two and a third innings giving up five runs on five hits and walking three. During their streak, the Dodger starters were 12-1 with a 2.55 ERA in 18 games.

The Marlins took advantage of Hendrickson (5-13) and his control issues from the opening frame scoring four in the top of the first. Hendrickson walked the bases loaded in setting up Ross’ three-run double for a 3-0 Marlins lead. Olivo drove in a Ross with a single.

Los Angeles (64-57) answered in the bottom of the first as Jeff Kent’ two-run double scored Kenny Lofton and JD Drew slicing Florida’s lead to 4-2.

Cabrera ended his 0 for series slide with a single in the third and scored on Ross’ single for a 5-2 Marlins lead. An inning later, Cabrera increased Florida’s lead to 7-2 with a two-run home run. The Dodgers answered with two in the bottom of the fourth. Drew scored on Kent’s double and Kent scored two batters later on Wilson Betemit’s single to close within 7-4.

Florida broke the game open for good in the sixth as five straight batters reached base and scored highlighted by Cabrera’s three-run homer and Helms’ two-run homer for a 12-4 Marlins lead. 

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