Buehler! Top prospect shines in Dodgers' 2-1 win over Miami

LOS ANGELES (AP) Walker Buehler asked a reporter if he had anything in his teeth before the TV lights turned on.

The Dodgers' prized prospect was equally cool on the mound, tossing five scoreless innings in his first major league start, and Los Angeles defeated the Miami Marlins 2-1 on Monday night.

''He's pretty confident and cocky,'' shortstop Enrique Hernandez said. ''We kind of like his attitude sometimes.''

Buehler topped out at 99 mph while allowing four hits in an 89-pitch outing. The 23-year-old right-hander struck out five and walked three in helping the Dodgers (11-10) move above .500 for the first time this season with their third straight win.

''He's a guy with a tremendous arm,'' Marlins manager Don Mattingly said.

Cody Bellinger drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly in the eighth.

''We're finally starting to play good and we've got to keep it going,'' said Hernandez, who homered on a 3-2 pitch from Marlins starter Jarlin Garcia in the fourth to give the Dodgers a 1-0 lead.

Hernandez backed Buehler with two sparkling defensive plays in place of shortstop Corey Seager, who struck out as a pinch hitter in the eighth.

After Buehler issued a two-out walk to Garcia, Hernandez made a diving stop on a ball headed up the middle and whipped around to complete a pinpoint throw to first to end the inning.

Hernandez turned in a similar play in the third to throw out Starlin Castro for the second out.

''They don't do that very much in low-A ball,'' Buehler said. ''These guys are really good.''

Buehler pitched himself in and out of trouble in the first.

After retiring leadoff hitter Miguel Rojas on a grounder, Buehler gave up consecutive singles on identical 89 mph sliders to J.T. Realmuto and Castro. Brian Anderson took a called third strike before Cameron Maybin walked to load the bases.

But Buehler was unruffled. He got JB Shuck on a swinging strike to end the inning and start a run of retiring seven of eight batters.

''I've had the bases loaded a lot in my life,'' Buehler said. ''It would be great to dominate, but to put up zeros and come out of the game unscathed is the biggest thing. The more and more comfortable you get here, I think the fastball command will come.''

Maybin singled on a 95 mph fastball from Buehler in the fourth.

Realmuto singled on a 78 mph curve from Buehler with two outs in the fifth before he induced an inning-ending groundout from Castro.

''He has a really good fastball and he mixed four different pitches, which is pretty rare for a guy who can throw that hard,'' Realmuto said.

Garcia gave up one run and four hits in six innings. He struck out seven and walked one as the Marlins fell to 2-8 on the road with their season-high fifth straight loss overall.

Miami tied it 1-all in the eighth on Anderson's RBI single off J.T. Chargois.

Chris Taylor doubled leading off the bottom half, went to third on Hernandez's bunt single and scored on Bellinger's lineout to right.

Adam Liberatore (1-0) got the win in relief, his first since July 21, 2016. Josh Fields pitched the ninth for his first save.

Kyle Barraclough (0-1) took the loss, allowing one run and two hits in the eighth.

Buehler, drafted in the first round by the Dodgers in 2015 out of Vanderbilt, made his major league debut last September as a reliever when the team insisted on limiting his innings. He allowed eight runs in 9 1/3 innings last year and didn't make the playoff roster.

Buehler pitched sparingly in spring training, giving up one hit without allowing a run in four innings. He began the season at Triple-A Oklahoma City, going 1-0 with a 2.10 ERA in three starts.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Buehler's performance didn't change anything as far as the team's cautious approach with him.

''There is a learning curve that is happening before our eyes,'' he said. ''We've got to think about the next decision.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Marlins: RHP Elieser Hernandez (tooth infection) will throw five innings Tuesday when he begins a rehab assignment. ... Martin Prado (left hamstring strain) will play seven innings at third base Tuesday in the start of a rehab assignment. ... JT Riddle (right shoulder tendinitis) will play five innings at shortstop in his rehab assignment. ... 1B-OF Garrett Cooper (bruised right wrist) will begin range-of-motion exercises.

Dodgers: 2B-3B Logan Forsythe (right shoulder inflammation) took grounders and did some throwing, but no rehab assignment has been scheduled. ... LHP Rich Hill (left middle finger inflammation) is set to throw 75 pitches in a simulated game Tuesday.

HEAVY WORKLOAD

Buehler's 89 pitches were the most he's thrown in his pro career. He said it was also the most since he pitched in the College World Series. ''It was kind of a wake up for me,'' he said. ''I've felt for a while that I can throw more, but as I said, I understand it and we'll move forward that way.''

UP NEXT

LHP Dillon Peters (2-2, 6.98 ERA) starts for the Marlins against RHP Kenta Maeda (2-1, 3.77).

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  • W: A. Liberatore (1-0)L: K. Barraclough (0-1)S: J. Fields (1)
  • HR: LAD - E. Hernandez (3)
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B. Anderson 3B30110112.256.389.359.7484.5
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J. Shuck RF40000017.226.273.290.563-0.5
L. Brinson CF30000123.145.207.263.4700.0
Y. Rivera SS20000011.118.211.118.328-0.5
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J. Garcia P10000110.000.167.000.1670.5
c- J. Bour PH-1B20000010.237.318.421.739-0.5
  • a-flied out for Rivera in the 7th
  • b-grounded out for Barraclough in the 9th
  • c-struck out for Garcia in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Taylor CF31100110.242.286.440.7253.5
E. Hernandez SS-2B41311001.275.350.510.8608.0
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Y. Grandal C40000013.328.423.552.975-0.5
Y. Puig RF30000020.205.267.256.524-1.0
A. Barnes 2B20100100.259.412.333.7453.0
J. Fields P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
K. Farmer 3B30000022.240.321.320.641-1.0
W. Buehler P10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
b- M. Muncy PH10000011.133.235.333.569-0.5
R. Stripling P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
c- J. Pederson PH-LF10000011.195.298.317.615-0.5
  • a-struck out for Liberatore in the 8th
  • b-struck out for Buehler in the 5th
  • c-struck out for Stripling in the 7th
BATTING
  • RBI - B. Anderson (12)
BATTING
  • 2B - C. Taylor (5), A. Barnes (2)
  • HR - E. Hernandez (3)
  • SF - C. Bellinger
  • RBI - E. Hernandez (9), C. Bellinger (9)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - B. Anderson
  • CS - C. Maybin (2)
FIELDING
  • E - A. Barnes
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Garcia6.04111711.000.8118.5
T. Guerrero1.00001305.251.583.5
K. Barraclough (L, 0-1)1.02110103.721.14-4.5
PITCHERSIP
J. Garcia6.0
T. Guerrero1.0
K. Barraclough (L, 0-1)1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
W. Buehler5.04003500.001.4010.5
R. Stripling (H, 1)2.00001300.681.356.5
J. Chargois (BS, 2)0.11111002.571.14-3.0
A. Liberatore (W, 1-0)0.20000000.000.307.0
J. Fields (S, 1)1.01000000.820.919.0
PITCHERSIP
W. Buehler5.0
R. Stripling (H, 1)2.0
J. Chargois (BS, 2)0.1
A. Liberatore (W, 1-0)0.2
J. Fields (S, 1)1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Garcia 92-61, T. Guerrero 18-12, K. Barraclough 24-15
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Garcia 2-9
  • Batters Faced - J. Garcia 23, T. Guerrero 4, K. Barraclough 5
PITCHING
  • HBP - J. Chargois
  • Pitches-Strikes - W. Buehler 89-55, R. Stripling 31-21, J. Chargois 12-5, A. Liberatore 5-4, J. Fields 12-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - W. Buehler 8-1, R. Stripling 1-2, J. Chargois 1-0, A. Liberatore 2-0, J. Fields 1-2
  • Batters Faced - W. Buehler 21, R. Stripling 7, J. Chargois 4, A. Liberatore 2, J. Fields 4
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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M. Rojas 1B-SS50100011.250.308.357.6650.5
J. Realmuto C40200001.438.526.6251.1513.0
S. Castro 2B41100002.295.347.318.6652.0
B. Anderson 3B30110112.256.389.359.7484.5
C. Maybin LF20100201.220.329.288.6172.0
J. Shuck RF40000017.226.273.290.563-0.5
L. Brinson CF30000123.145.207.263.4700.0
Y. Rivera SS20000011.118.211.118.328-0.5
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J. Garcia P10000110.000.167.000.1670.5
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  • a-flied out for Rivera in the 7th
  • b-grounded out for Barraclough in the 9th
  • c-struck out for Garcia in the 7th
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C. Taylor CF31100110.242.286.440.7253.5
E. Hernandez SS-2B41311001.275.350.510.8608.0
M. Kemp LF30100001.321.361.536.8961.0
J. Chargois P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
A. Liberatore P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- C. Seager PH-SS10000012.238.326.325.651-0.5
C. Bellinger 1B30010013.280.326.463.7890.5
Y. Grandal C40000013.328.423.552.975-0.5
Y. Puig RF30000020.205.267.256.524-1.0
A. Barnes 2B20100100.259.412.333.7453.0
J. Fields P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
K. Farmer 3B30000022.240.321.320.641-1.0
W. Buehler P10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
b- M. Muncy PH10000011.133.235.333.569-0.5
R. Stripling P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
c- J. Pederson PH-LF10000011.195.298.317.615-0.5
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  • a-struck out for Liberatore in the 8th
  • b-struck out for Buehler in the 5th
  • c-struck out for Stripling in the 7th
BATTING
  • RBI - B. Anderson (12)
BATTING
  • 2B - C. Taylor (5), A. Barnes (2)
  • HR - E. Hernandez (3)
  • SF - C. Bellinger
  • RBI - E. Hernandez (9), C. Bellinger (9)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - B. Anderson
  • CS - C. Maybin (2)
FIELDING
  • E - A. Barnes
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Garcia6.04111711.000.8118.5
T. Guerrero1.00001305.251.583.5
K. Barraclough (L, 0-1)1.02110103.721.14-4.5
Total8.06222111---
PITCHERSIP
J. Garcia6.0
T. Guerrero1.0
K. Barraclough (L, 0-1)1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
W. Buehler5.04003500.001.4010.5
R. Stripling (H, 1)2.00001300.681.356.5
J. Chargois (BS, 2)0.11111002.571.14-3.0
A. Liberatore (W, 1-0)0.20000000.000.307.0
J. Fields (S, 1)1.01000000.820.919.0
Total9.0611580---
PITCHERSIP
W. Buehler5.0
R. Stripling (H, 1)2.0
J. Chargois (BS, 2)0.1
A. Liberatore (W, 1-0)0.2
J. Fields (S, 1)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Garcia 92-61, T. Guerrero 18-12, K. Barraclough 24-15
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Garcia 2-9
  • Batters Faced - J. Garcia 23, T. Guerrero 4, K. Barraclough 5
PITCHING
  • HBP - J. Chargois
  • Pitches-Strikes - W. Buehler 89-55, R. Stripling 31-21, J. Chargois 12-5, A. Liberatore 5-4, J. Fields 12-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - W. Buehler 8-1, R. Stripling 1-2, J. Chargois 1-0, A. Liberatore 2-0, J. Fields 1-2
  • Batters Faced - W. Buehler 21, R. Stripling 7, J. Chargois 4, A. Liberatore 2, J. Fields 4
  • 8TH INNING
    Bellinger hit sacrifice fly to right, Taylor scored12
    Anderson singled to center, Castro scored11
  • 4TH INNING
    Hernandez homered to left01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Josh Fields pitching
    • Derek Dietrich hit for Kyle Barraclough
    • D. Dietrich: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Dietrich grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Bour: Strike swinging, Foul, Bour popped out to first
    • M. Rojas: Ball, Rojas singled to left
    • J. Realmuto: Realmuto flied out to center
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • JT Chargois pitching
    • J. Realmuto: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Realmuto hit by pitch
    • S. Castro: Ball, Castro reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Castro to second, Realmuto out at second on 2nd baseman Barnes fielding error
    • B. Anderson: Strike looking, Anderson singled to center, Castro scored
    • C. Maybin: Ball, Ball, Anderson stole second, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Maybin walked
    • Adam Liberatore relieved JT Chargois
    • J. Shuck: Shuck reached on fielder's choice to first, Anderson to third, Maybin out at second
    • L. Brinson: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Brinson grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
    • Kyle Barraclough relieved Tayron Guerrero
    • C. Taylor: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Taylor doubled to left
    • E. Hernandez: Pickoff attempt, Hernandez reached on bunt single to pitcher, Taylor to third
    • Corey Seager hit for Adam Liberatore
    • C. Seager: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Seager struck out swinging
    • C. Bellinger: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Bellinger hit sacrifice fly to right, Taylor scored
    • Y. Grandal: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Grandal popped out to shortstop
    • End of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Tomas Telis hit for Yadiel Rivera
    • T. Telis: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Telis flied out to left
    • Justin Bour hit for Jarlin Garcia
    • J. Bour: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Bour struck out swinging
    • M. Rojas: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Rojas struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Tayron Guerrero pitching
    • Y. Puig: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Puig struck out swinging
    • A. Barnes: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Ball, Barnes walked
    • K. Farmer: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Farmer struck out looking
    • Joc Pederson hit for Ross Stripling
    • J. Pederson: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Pederson struck out swinging
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Ross Stripling pitching
    • B. Anderson: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Anderson walked
    • C. Maybin: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Maybin lined out to center
    • J. Shuck: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Shuck reached on fielder's choice to first, Anderson out at second
    • L. Brinson: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Brinson struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Garcia Pitching:
    • C. Taylor: Strike looking, Taylor flied out to deep center
    • E. Hernandez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Hernandez singled to right center
    • M. Kemp: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Kemp singled to left, Hernandez to second
    • C. Bellinger: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Bellinger flied out to left
    • Y. Grandal: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Grandal lined out to center
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • W. Buehler Pitching:
    • J. Garcia: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Garcia struck out looking
    • M. Rojas: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Rojas grounded out to second
    • J. Realmuto: Realmuto singled to left
    • S. Castro: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Castro grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Garcia Pitching:
    • Y. Puig: Puig lined out to center
    • A. Barnes: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Barnes doubled to right center
    • K. Farmer: Ball, Farmer lined out to third
    • Max Muncy hit for Walker Buehler
    • M. Muncy: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Muncy struck out swinging
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • W. Buehler Pitching:
    • C. Maybin: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Maybin singled to center
    • J. Shuck: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Shuck flied out to left
    • L. Brinson: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Maybin caught stealing, catcher to second, Ball, Ball, Ball, Brinson walked
    • Y. Rivera: Ball, Rivera grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Garcia Pitching:
    • E. Hernandez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Hernandez homered to left
    • M. Kemp: Ball, Strike swinging, Kemp flied out to deep center
    • C. Bellinger: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Bellinger struck out swinging
    • Y. Grandal: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Grandal grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • W. Buehler Pitching:
    • J. Realmuto: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Realmuto grounded out to shortstop
    • S. Castro: Strike looking, Foul, Castro grounded out to shortstop
    • B. Anderson: Ball, Strike looking, Anderson grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Garcia Pitching:
    • K. Farmer: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Farmer struck out swinging
    • W. Buehler: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Buehler struck out swinging
    • C. Taylor: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Taylor struck out looking
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • W. Buehler Pitching:
    • L. Brinson: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Brinson struck out looking
    • Y. Rivera: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Rivera struck out swinging
    • J. Garcia: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Garcia walked
    • M. Rojas: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Rojas grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Garcia Pitching:
    • Y. Grandal: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Grandal struck out looking
    • Y. Puig: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Puig struck out looking
    • A. Barnes: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Barnes grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • W. Buehler Pitching:
    • M. Rojas: Ball, Rojas grounded out to second
    • J. Realmuto: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Realmuto singled to shallow left
    • S. Castro: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Castro singled to left, Realmuto to second
    • B. Anderson: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Anderson struck out looking
    • C. Maybin: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Maybin walked, Realmuto to third, Castro to second
    • J. Shuck: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Shuck struck out on foul tip
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Garcia Pitching:
    • C. Taylor: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Taylor walked
    • E. Hernandez: Hernandez flied out to center
    • M. Kemp: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Kemp flied out to center
    • C. Bellinger: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Bellinger flied out to right
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)