The Miami Marlins dropped Monday's series opener to the Los Angeles Dodgers by a final of 6-5 to extend their losing streak to four.
The story in this one was walks and plenty of them. Due to a lack of control, starter Tom Koehler only was able to retire 11 batters total in the game. Koehler threw 103 pitches but only 57 went for strikes in what was a struggle for him from the beginning. Five Los Angeles hitters reached base via a free pass from Koehler while another six collected hits. Four runs would cross the plate and the right-hander fell to 3-3 on the year with the defeat.
When Koehler exited, the control issues didn't stop for Miami. New bullpen member Henry Rodriguez had his own problems when he entered. Rodriguez walked four while only retiring two hitters. Walks are something that has plagued Rodriguez in his career and with his effort, the Marlins combined to walk nine batters while recording the first 14 outs of the game.
The Marlins hit two home runs in the game with the first coming on Christian Yelich's fourth of the year. It was also the second straight game that Yelich homered in. In the eighth, Reed Johnson continued his excellent season with a two-run pinch-hit home run to make it a one run game. That was Johnson's first home run as a Marlin and lifted his OPS to .898.
Miami will send Jacob Turner to the mound on Tuesday to attempt to end the losing streak.