How unsightly were the Marlins on Wednesday?
Even LeBron James gave up on them, leaving his front-row seat midway through a sloppy 4-1 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers, a defeat in which they came within a scoring change of committing more fielding errors than any Marlins team has in three seasons.
As it was, the three errors were their most this season.
Given a glove to work with, James probably could have done a better job than some of the Marlins’ fielders, who have gone into a collective funk in recent days.
“We’re making way too many mistakes,” manager Mike Redmond said.
The flubs were a contributing factor in the Marlins’ second consecutive loss to the Dodgers, who scored three runs in a messy fourth inning in which Miami was charged with two errors.
Yasiel Puig was the beneficiary of the first of those, reaching on third baseman Ed Lucas’ throwing misfire before scoring on a Hanley Ramirez double. Ramirez later trotted home from third when Marlins pitcher Nathan Eovaldi threw wildly past first on a pickoff attempt.
Lucas was charged with a second error in the sixth when he couldn’t get the ball out of his glove quickly enough on Andre Ethier’s soft grounder and his throw to first was late. But the official scorer later changed the call to an infield hit.
Koyie Hill was also given an error on a catcher’s interference call in the first.
“We can’t make a lot of mistakes, we can’t make any mistakes, especially against such a good team,’’ Redmond said.
“[Wednesday night] we made a few, and they made us pay again.’’
All in all, it added up to another sluggish loss to a Dodgers team that is making the Marlins pay for their mistakes. In Tuesday’s 6-4 loss, it was a two-out walk to Dodgers pitcher Chris Capuano, an .048 hitter, and a two-error night by Adeiny Hechavarria that ended up costing them. That and a Puig homer late in the game.
The only ball that left the park on Wednesday night was struck by Giancarlo Stanton, who put the Marlins on top with a solo shot in the first inning for his 16th home run of the season.
But the Marlins did little offensively after that against Dodgers starter Zack Greinke, went eight innings and improved to 12-3 with the win.
It doesn’t get any easier on Thursday for the Marlins, when they close out the series with the Dodgers against perhaps the premier pitcher in the National League, Clayton Kershaw.
Lucas was not at all happy over his failure to come through with a sacrifice bunt in Tuesday’s seventh inning with runners at first and second and no outs in what was then a tie game.
Lucas not only failed in two attempts to drop down the bunt but also grounded into a double play when he was forced to swing away with two strikes. Lucas was a perfect 4 for 4 with the Marlins on sacrifice-bunt attempts before that, and even better — “99 out of 99,’’ he said — when you include the minors.
“That’s the first one I think I haven’t gotten down in a really, really, really long time,’’ he said. “I just got a little anxious, trying to make sure I hit it toward third base, instead of just relaxing. I kind of jabbed at it a little bit. There’s really no excuse for that.”