After watching his pitcher give up 15 hits, his shortstop leave the game early with a back injury, his lineup held to two hits, his outfielders throw the ball all over the place, and his team go down to a humbling 8-0 defeat, Edwin Rodriguez saw no reason to sugarcoat the loss.
When a reporter asked Rodriguez if he was satisfied that, despite Sunday's debacle, the Marlins had at least started out the road trip with a 4-2 record, Rodriguez refused to soften.
"I'm not pleased at all with the way we played [Sunday]," Rodriguez said. "There was no energy. There was no backing up bases, missing cutoffs and relays. Today was unacceptable, and I take the blame. They were not ready to play today."
With unusually strong winds gusting in from the Pacific Ocean, the Marlins were blown straight out of town by pitcher Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers.
Kershaw pitched a two-hitter while the Dodgers mauled Ricky Nolasco, who was pitching in front of more than 100 family members and friends from his nearby home in Corona.
Nolasco absorbed his first loss of the season by surrendering eight runs on a club-record 15 hits in a matter of only five innings.
"It wasn't my day obviously," Nolasco said.
Even though he was hit around early by the Dodgers, Nolasco was made to remain on the mound due to a shortage of available relievers. With Josh Johnson on the disabled list, the Marlins used only relievers in Saturday's 6-1 victory.
Ricky Nolasco takes whipping in his first loss of season
Miami Herald | May 30