Ethier rides adjustment to 4-for-4 night
Dodgers outfielder responds to Mattingly's pregame challenge
LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers manager Don Mattingly wanted to see Andre Ethier hit more balls to the opposite field, and that's exactly what the outfielder did on Saturday night.
Ethier went 4-for-4 with two doubles, including one to left-center in his first at-bat.
"I was just staying back up the middle and staying with that frame of mind," Ethier said after the Dodgers beat the Marlins, 7-1. "I think it's just a frame of mind thing."
Ethier has 12 games in his career with at least four hits, his last three coming against the Marlins.
"Those were four great at-bats, four great swings," catcher A.J. Ellis said. "When he's squaring the ball up and doing that, it's fun to watch. He's been grinding and working so hard in the cage to get his swing right."
Before the game, Mattingly said Ethier had become a less dangerous hitter because he was not driving the ball to left-center as frequently as he did in the past. Ethier said he's been working on some adjustments to his swing, and it paid off Saturday.
"It's good to see him get going," Mattingly said after the Dodgers snapped their eight game losing streak. "When you see that, you start to feel what could be. This is what it's supposed to look like."
But Ethier came out of Saturday's game a little banged up. When he rounded third base in the seventh inning, Ethier's left foot slipped off the bag and he jammed his toe. He stayed in the game, though, and made a sliding catch in the eighth.
"I've always had that kind of issue with my big toes over the years, so it's no new thing," Ethier said. "I'm familiar with it. It's just the stopping that always has been a big issue for me."
Austin Laymance is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.