Dodgers leave Cy Young favorite Sandy Alcantara buried and beaten in sweeping victory

Dodgers leave Cy Young favorite Sandy Alcantara buried and beaten in sweeping victory

Los Angeles Dodgers' Cody Bellinger, right, celebrates alongside Miami Marlins catcher Jacob Stallings.

Dodgers center fielder Cody Bellinger, right, celebrates alongside Miami Marlins catcher Jacob Stallings after hitting a two-run home run during the second inning of the Dodgers’ 10-3 victory at Dodger Stadium. (Marcio José Sanchez / Associated Press)

Last week, the current National League Cy Young Award winner went through just over five innings before being chased by the Dodgers’ dominant offense.

On Sunday, this year’s favorite Cy Young failed to complete four.

In his worst start to a stellar season, Miami Marlins star Sandy Alcantara was beaten, beaten and eventually buried by the Dodgers in a 10-3 win, which completed a three-game sweep over the weekend in front of 41,125. at Dodger Stadium.

In a short season of 3⅔ innings, Alcantara was set with the season record in runs (six) and hits (10).

He lost the lead in the National League ERA, falling behind Dodgers’ Tony Gonsolin, after his mark rose from 1.92 to 2.19.

And he looked nothing like the hardworking, inning-eating, pitching right-hander who became baseball’s top pitcher in the first four months of the season.

“He’s one of the best in the game,” said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts. “But we came out with a really good plan today.”

The Dodgers entered the series finale well aware of Alcantara’s dazzling campaign.

Miami Marlins starting pitcher Sandy Alcantara delivers against the Dodgers on Sunday.

Miami Marlins starting pitcher Sandy Alcantara delivers against the Dodgers on Sunday. (Marcio José Sanchez / Associated Press)

When Clayton Kershaw was chosen to start the All-Star Game at Dodger Stadium last month, Kershaw called the 26-year-old to say it could easily have been him, not Kershaw, who deserved the honor.

Ahead of the first pitch on Sunday, Roberts also spoke about the Marlins pitcher, whose near-automatic ability to work deep into games (he pitched nine innings four times and seven innings in 17 of his 24 games) separated him from the pack in the Cy Young Race. .

“Honestly,” said Roberts, “when you see his name on the [pitching] likely, you fear.”

However, Roberts also said the Dodgers (84-36) were looking forward to the challenge.

Just like when they faced Milwaukee Brewers ace and National League Cy Young Award winner Corbin Burnes on Thursday, Alcantara showcased the kind of elite-level shooting they’ll see in the postseason.

And unlike their performance against Burnes, when they were out for five innings before finally making three runs on Friday, the Dodgers on Sunday got to Alcântara early and often.

At the bottom of the first, they upped Alcantara’s pitch count as they made a run after Mookie Betts scored, stole the second and scored on a Will Smith base hit.

Late in the second, the Dodgers started on Alcantara’s fastball, with Joey Gallo hitting a two-out triple on the right-field wall before Cody Bellinger blasted a two-run home run over the wall and into the outfield pavilion.

After a single Max Muncy RBI in the third, the Dodgers knocked out Alcantara in the fourth as Betts scored home a run and Smith recorded the second of his three RBIs with a one-two.

Max Muncy of the Los Angeles Dodgers points to the sky at home plate after his solo home run.

Max Muncy points to the sky as he crosses home plate after hitting a solo home run in Sunday’s seventh inning. (Marcio José Sanchez / Associated Press)

“He got a little tired and left pitches over the plate for us,” Muncy said. “And we fixed his mistakes.”

The Marlins’ defensive problems didn’t help Alcantara either.

Betts’ first inning came on a hard-grounded ball that third baseman Jon Berti was unable to corner.

Right camper Brian Anderson also helped out on a few Dodgers rallies, failing Gallo’s triple on the wall and letting Smith’s ground rule double fly over his head. (Anderson also made a throwing error in the eighth which led to a run.)

The Dodgers defense had a very different day, thanks to two standout plays from Gallo on the left.

On top of the first, Gallo kicked off a runner at home plate for the inning final. In the third, he potentially stole the starting hitter of extra bases with a diving catch near the foul line.

The Marlins (52-69) ended up hitting Dodgers starter Ryan Pepiot when Lewin Díaz hit a two-run home run in the fourth. But those were the only races the right-handed rookie gave up in a season-best six-in, seven-hit display.

And while the Dodgers’ top-ranked offense built late, receiving a solo home run from Muncy (his seventh MLB leader in August) at the bottom of the seventh and three more safe runs in the eighth, Alcantara’s destruction had already served. as the biggest statement of the day.

“A guy like that, you’re going to see in the postseason,” Roberts said. “That says a lot about how good we can be.”

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Brusdar Graterol (shoulder) will be activated on the injury list on Monday, according to Roberts. … Kershaw (back) probably won’t need a rehab assignment, Roberts said. The southpaw will instead do an extended bullpen session this week, then a mock game against teammates.

This story originally appeared in the Los Angeles Times.

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