The Dodgers were all set to celebrate their 10,000th franchise win. It seems like they’ve suffered 10,000 losses this year already. But it was no dice Sunday afternoon at Dodger Stadium. Instead it was just another nondescript loss in the typical 2014 fashion. Starting pitcher Hyun-jin Ryu got hammered, and the Dodger offense shut down after the second inning. Of course the Dodger’s pathetic MLB worst defense committed three more errors. As a result the Dodgers dropped the rubber game to the Colorado Rockies by a score of 6-1, and lost the series.
Even though the Dodgers shut down the Rockie’s big two of Cargo and Mullet man Troy Tulowitzki, it didn’t matter because outfielder Charlie Blackmon is hitting like the second coming off Ted Williams. Blackmon was 2 for 3 and is now hitting .407. Boy, don’t you wish the Dodgers had a bat like that in their lineup?
Colorado scored two runs in the second when their impressive young third baseman Nolan Arenado singled, and after a fly out from Rutledge, and a whiff of Jordan Pacheco, De La Rosa reached on an infield single to short, and went to second on a throwing error from Justin Turner. (Turner was playing at shortstop for the injured Hanley Ramirez, who sat out again because of his bruised hand). Ryu then hit Blackmon with a pitch, and gave up a two-run single to Barnes. That made it 2-1 Colorado.
Colorado scored their third run in the fifth. Blackmon doubled, and Ryu throws away Barnes’ sacrifice bunt for the Dodger’s second error of the game. With first and third, Blackmon scores on a caught stealing. Fedex throws out Barnes trying to steal, but Turner’s throw to the plate to get Blackmon is laughably late. 3-1 Colorado.
The sixth inning was the nail in the coffin for the Dodgers. Morneau doubles, Arenado singles, and Rutledge hits a three-run home run to put the Rockies ahead 6-1.
Ryu was removed in the sixth after making 89 pitches. He allowed six earned runs on nine hits, and whiffed three.
Colorado starter left hander Jorge De La Rosa had been 2-8 against the Dodgers coming into the game, but they stink this year, so De La Rosa easily defeated the punch-less Dodger bats. De La Rosa went seven strong frames, allowing one earned run on four hits. He walked two and whiffed three. The only semblance of offense from the Dodger bats came when they scored their only run of the game in the bottom of the first. Gordon reached on a bunt single, and was sacrificed to second by Puig. Gordon stole third (his 13th steal of the year), and then scored when the butter and egg man Adrian Gonzalez singled up the middle to score Gordon. The Dodger offense then utterly gave up. The club did not have a hit after the second inning, until Kemp’s double in the eighth.
The Dodgers as usual had a failed rally in the ninth. They loaded the bases with two outs, but Puig bounced into a force out at third base to end the game
The gloveless wonders made three more errors today, and now lead the majors in errors with 26. The club finishes a dreadful home stand at 4-6. The Dodgers are now 6-9 at home, and are batting .231 with runners in scoring position. The Dodgers are now 14-12 and fall to a game and a half behind the Giants. Boy they stink.
The Dodgers are off on Monday, and then begin a nine game road trip with a three game series At Minnesota that will be played in inclement weather.
We’ll be here to document all of the losing for you. We won’t miss a beat, ironically the Dodgers seem to be missing every beat.