In the top of the sixth inning, Dodgers’ All-Star first baseman Freddie Freeman hit a soft liner just inside the right field line for a double. Unfortunately for the Marlins, their ball boy thought it was foul, so he picked it up and casually tossed it into the stands.
Freeman got to second base, and fellow All-Star Mookie Betts scored from first base on the play following a walk. The Dodgers put up four runs in the top of the sixth inning and cruised to a 10-0 defeat.
So the ball boy’s miscue didn’t end up deciding the game whatsoever. Even if the Marlins didn’t give up a run that inning, the Dodgers’ three runs up to that point would have been enough to lock down the shutout victory.
It was a frustrating loss for a Miami team that fell to 72-68 on the year. They enter play on Thursday half a game behind the Arizona Diamondbacks for the final wild card spot in the NL, and 3.5 behind the Chicago Cubs for the second WC spot.
The Marlins have made the postseason just once since their last World Series championship in 2003. That was in the 60-game shortened 2020 season, when MLB increased the playoff field to 16 teams.
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