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Dodgers Make Comeback Victory Over Miami Marlins
By Amanda Scurlock, Sports Editor
Published August 20, 2022

Dodgers centerfielder Trayce Thompson reaches to grab a hit made by Marlins designated hitter Nick Fortes (Twitter photo)

Center fielder Trayce Thompson made thrilling plays with his bat and glove to help the Dodgers defeat the Marlins 2-1. The win comes off a four-game series against the Milwaukee Brewers on the road. The Dodgers had a 2-2 record in the series, losing 3-5 to the Brewers on Thursday.

Pitcher Tyler Anderson only allowed five hits out of 99 pitches, one resulting in a run, and struck out six batters. Marlins’ starting pitcher Jesús Luzardo struck out seven Dodgers in 6.1 innings, only allowing four hits.

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“You’re playing a team that’s scratching and clawing and very hungry,” said general manager Dave Roberts. “I felt going into this series every game is gonna be close and so far, it’s proven right.”

The pitcher’s duel between Anderson and Luzardo went on for six innings. Miami center fielder Jerar Encarnación hit an RBI double deep into center field at the top of the seventh. Anderson struck out the next batter to send the Dodgers infield.

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Roberts was pleased with Anderson’s pitching performance, yet Anderson mentioned how this was an outing “of trying to compete.”

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“I think tonight was more of a thing where I didn’t feel like I had my best demand and best stuff,” he said. “Just take it pitch-to-pitch and worry about trying to execute.”

At the bottom of the seventh, Luzardo allowed a single and struck out a batter before he was relieved by Steven Okert. Thompson was his second batter of the night when he hit an RBI double to tie the game. Thompson, the son of Showtime Laker Mychal Thompson, noted how he tries to be prepared and look for ways to make plays when he competes.

“I just try to play the game,” Thompson said. “I feel like no matter the situation, I don’t know if it’s because of my upbringing, because of my dad or what it is, I just try to go out there and simplify.”

The Dodgers’ second point came in the eighth. Left fielder Mookie Betts batted a triple and first basemen Freddie Freeman was hit by a pitch, putting him on first base. Catcher Will Smith would send him home on a single.

The Marlins’ chance to score again was snuffed out in the ninth. Thompson snagged a deep centerfield shot made by designated hitter Nick Fortes and would catch another deep hit by Joey Wendle.

“Off the bat, I thought I had a good beat on it,” Thompson said about his catch against Fortes. “I didn’t think it was going over the fence or gonna be as far as it ended up.”

Roberts called this game a “fantastic outing” and noted how Thompson is a “clutch player.”

“I think that he’s a guy that’s been around for quite some time and really has an understanding now of who he is as a big league ballplayer,” Roberts said. “He just has that ability really to slow the game down, it’s probably in his bloodline.”

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