6 In the Sixth

Kyle Kendrick (2-7, 6.55) went toe-to-toe with Clayton Kershaw (4-3, 3.73) through 5 innings Monday evening at Coors Field in Denver, but the wheels came loose in the 6th as the Los Angeles Dodgers scored 6 times to break a 2-2 tie.  They went-on to defeat the Colorado Rockies, 11-4.  LA got-out to a quick lead, with Andre Ethier leading-off the 2nd with a home run into right center-field.  Two batters later, Jimmy Rollins lifted one into the Rockies bullpen, making it 2-0 Dodgers.

Nolan Arenado brought the Rockies even in the 4th, following a Troy Tulowitzki single with a long drive into the pavilion just left of dead-center.  But the Rockies couldn’t get anybody out in the bottom of the 6th.

Ethier led-off with a triple.  He scored when Enrique Hernandez grounded a single to center past Kendrick.  Rollins singled, putting runners on 1st and 2nd, then Kendrick and Tulowitzki worked a daylight play to nab Hernandez off 2nd.  AJ Ellis then nubbed a grounder that Arenado fielded short of 2nd base.  Arenado made a false move toward Rollins heading into the base, losing the chance to retire Ellis at 1st, then all hell broke loose.  Kershaw singled to left, plating Rollins, and ending the night for Kendrick.  Christian Friedrich came-on, and Joc Pederson delivered the coup-de-gras, a large fly over the head of Colorado center-fielder Charlie Blackmon.  Friedrich, channeling 2012, had nothing.  He walked Justin Turner, Adrian Gonzalez singled, and Howie Kendrick delivered Turner with a base hit. Friedrich got Ethier to fly to Rafael Ynoa, then Tommy Kahnle, just-up from Albuquerque, came-on and got Rollins to line-out to 2nd after walking Hernandez.

Los Angeles would add 3 in the 8th, as Christian Bergman came on and couldn’t get anybody out in front of a Kendrick liner into the right-field stands.  The Rockies got 2 back in the bottom of the inning on singles by Blackmon, DJ LeMahieu, Arenado and Wilin Rosario.  But Nick Hundley struck-out to end the rally and Jay Howell closed Colorado out 1-2-3 in the 9th.

The Division foes get little rest.  They go back at it early this afternoon for a day-night double-header. Game 1 is 1:10 pm, at Coors, with former Rockie Juan Nicasio getting his first start as a Dodger, against Colorado ace Jorge De La Rosa, who has missed his past two turns.  Zack Greinke will go for LA in the night-cap.  David Hale will be the 26th man and start for the Rockies.  Game 2 is scheduled for 6:40 MDT.

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Pooter
Pooter
5 years ago

Jorge De La Rosa SUCKS!!! Freaking head case!

Gary
Gary
5 years ago
Reply to  Pooter

Maybe it’s lefty contagious-see Matzek T.,Brothers R.

Bob K.
Bob K.
5 years ago
Reply to  Pooter

De La Rosa pitched 6 innings and gave up 3 runs and got the win today.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
5 years ago

Busy day – briefly stopping by the site if a few quick updates and an important correction: First – the correction. Last night the Rox game was so bad I was watching the NCAA Baseball games instead and posted several scores and upcoming Super Regional matchups in Chat. One that I posted was NC State at TAMU (NC State was ahead of TCU 8-2 in the 8th). Well……a colossal meltdown ensued and TCU won that game. So for the record,… Read more »

roxnsox
roxnsox
5 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

Can’t we just dig what DJ is doing, without bringing in sustainability, regression to the mean, or whatever other parsing you guys love to do? Or maybe we can do both 😉

I like Ben Paulsen. I just do.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  roxnsox

What……………….you’re suggesting using your eyes and common sense? Shut your mouth!

roxnsox
roxnsox
5 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

LOL

Gary
Gary
5 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

Really.The nerve.What a heretic………….and someone else who goes by their eyes and gut just like this old fool.

Gary
Gary
5 years ago
Reply to  roxnsox

Me too,plus Ft.McHenry!

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago
Reply to  roxnsox

roxnsox, you have a point… sometimes we (me, specifically) get a little carried away with the “it won’t last” thing. I’ve tried to be good, really … a guy like DJ has a 4-hit game, I won’t immediately jump in with cries of “Unsustainable!” But I can’t stop myself when I hear people saying things like “I think DJ has really turned the corner and will be a .330 hitter from now on.” I’m really not trying to be a… Read more »

roxnsox
roxnsox
5 years ago

Oh – and nice win this afternoon! I was cussing De La Rosa early too, Pooter, “watching” on MLB.com, but he seems to have settled down….?

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
5 years ago

Boss gave me free tickets to day game. Guess what? I was in the area when Rockies finally started slugging. How many HRs does Ben Paulsen have in 7th inning or later? Looking at you Tulo.

Ed the Ump, is DLR still a wuss after his QS? I don’t think so.

Anybody going to the night cap? I’ll be at the Rooftop till first pitch.

EdtheUmp
EdtheUmp
5 years ago

Yes…De la Pussy is still a wuss. His starts dont mean anything, good or bad. Rox brass need to buy him a new cup and send him packing.

Julian
Julian
5 years ago

I didn’t see the game, but from the boxscore it looked like a nice performance by the team. In looking at splits, Charlie Blackman’s batting average has declined as the year has progressed, and his splits against lefties are terrible, as are CarGo’s. I’m not sure that Charlie should be batting leadoff, and he and CarGo are hitting like platoon players, not starters and former all stars.

roxnsox
roxnsox
5 years ago
Reply to  Julian

I think Charlie’s numbers belie his value. He is more than serviceable for me when given the “eye and common sense test.” 🙂

roxnsox
roxnsox
5 years ago
Reply to  roxnsox

Even looking at the basic numbers. .254? Meh. But 7 HR, 19 RBI, 10 steals? Very serviceable.

Gary
Gary
5 years ago
Reply to  roxnsox

But possibly more useful farther down in a run producing slot.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
5 years ago

Interesting – Dodgers DFA David Huff after the game even though he did nothing wrong.

Bob K.
Bob K.
5 years ago

Off topic: David Dahl to have splenectomy and expected to be out only 6 weeks.

http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2015/06/nl-west-notes-dahl-aardsma-bradley-cahill.html

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  Bob K.

For all of my talk about TJ surgeries, shoulders, lifespan of pitchers, blah, blah, blah……I don’t know shit about real stuff like spleens. I had heard of people having their spleens taken out, and sorta wondered why this wasn’t done to begin with. In my naive little world of sports specific injuries, I just assumed a spleen had as much usefulness as a appendix or a meniscus. Well……turns out that the spleen is an important contributor to the immune system… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

Clayton Kershaw. Joc Pederson. I can handle the fact that the Dodgers will outbid everyone else for Puig or Greinke. But it bothers me that even given the apparent “fairness” of the draft, it really isn’t so fair. Kershaw was the 7th overall pick. Everyone else including the Rockies passed on him because he said he was going to college unless the right team drafted him and paid the right bonus. Pederson? 11th round, but got a late 1st round… Read more »

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Ag – it was more or less fixed beginning with the 2012 draft. Here’s how;

http://www.baseballamerica.com/draft/2014-draft-assigned-pick-values-for-top-10-rounds/

It is possible for a team to go over slot and total allowance, but there’s a very stiff “tax.” By most accounts, the system has worked well in 2012, 13, and 14. Peterson was drafted in 2010, Kershaw before that.

I’m telling you……the Rockies are running out of excuses.

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

This system is why I think(and I question a bit) why the Rox took Freeland with their first pick last year. They knew he had some mechanical issues that might make him more susceptible to injuries. So they took him and signed him under slot so they’d have more money for later picks. It sort of worked. They picked Forest Wall in the next round. He was a solid University of North Carolina commitment. But the Rox had a little… Read more »

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
5 years ago

Hoooooooome run Tulo!

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
5 years ago

Hoooooooome run Tulo!
Ago

RocketMan
RocketMan
5 years ago

Finally a big difference making hit, late in the game, in a clutch situation. What a bomb!

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
5 years ago

Joc Pederson up with bases loaded. Geez. This guy has had a career series already. This is just too much to take.

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
5 years ago

FUCK FUCK FUCK

Gary
Gary
5 years ago
Reply to  ProgMatinee

Quadruple FUCK!

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
5 years ago

Weiss is such an awful bullpen manager.

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

Amazing. Amazingly awful. Got Pederson out and I thought it was in the bag. Adam Ottavino, we hardly knew ye.

RocketMan
RocketMan
5 years ago

Stupifying incompetence. He doesn’t have any movement and he certainly doesn’t have any velocity, why isn’t three straight singles enough to make a switch?

RocketMan
RocketMan
5 years ago

Also, Mr. Blackmon doesn’t make many key catches in CF, to go along with his miserable BA and lack of production as Lead-off hitter.

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

Non-overworked bullpen that is now just stocked with some very hittable guys … Ottavino down, and yes, even Hawkins MIA has had an awful cascade effect

IggyRox
IggyRox
5 years ago

Every team has a game or two during the season where they make a dramatic 9th inning comeback, perhaps with a grand slam. Tonight it was the Dodgers at Coors. That being said, a good team doesn’t let that happen, and when it does, the next hitter is getting one in the ear flap. You don’t do that s*** to us in our yard. This team has a long way to go. A really, really, really long way to go.… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

Total 9th inning bullpen collapse

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
5 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Well Oberg looked good. Too bad they didn’t reserve him till the 9th.

IggyRox
IggyRox
5 years ago

Throw a freaking strike or go away, Kahnle!

IggyRox
IggyRox
5 years ago
Reply to  IggyRox

Throw a pitch that will get a ground ball to a golden glove, for chrissakes.

IggyRox
IggyRox
5 years ago

OK, we keep talking about our Tulo and our Cargo. Let’s get ‘er done.

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

How many pitches did Axford throw in Game 1?

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

“Quality Swing” by Tulo according to Goodman. Results in a Quality Pop-Out?

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

“Quality Swing” (fouled off) by Tulo according to Goodman. Will that result in a Quality Pop-Out?

Colorado Thistle
Colorado Thistle
5 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

This verbal tick that the announcers have (especially Drew) “that was a quality swing.” What the hell does that mean when you foul off a ball, that you’re a good baseball player and know about good swing mechanics? I hope so if you’re in the MLB. But it’s not really a quality swing in my mind unless you hit the freaking ball into fair territory.

IggyRox
IggyRox
5 years ago

Walk off? Nolan?

Roxnsox
Roxnsox
5 years ago

OWWWWW!!! 🙁

Bill
Bill
5 years ago

Have the Rockies set a record with the most 40 year old pitchers to blow a save or perhaps the most saves blown by 40 year old pitchers? Maybe they can sign Jesse Orosco.

Bill
Bill
5 years ago

I think it was Rocket Man who noted above about Charlie Blackmon. Not sure he could have caught that homer by Guerro or not but he is terrible on reading balls to center field. It seems like almost every game where we see him chasing after balls in the gap because he takes a path straight across the field instead of angling out to perhaps even catch it but if not stop it from going in the gap. Meanwhile Joc… Read more »

Gary
Gary
5 years ago

Pederson should start every at bat tomorrow sitting on his butt! Axford should have come in with bags full and “Betty”struggling.I read box scores everyday and I swear other,aka winning,teams closers seem to pitch every day or at least 3-4 in a row.A game we fought back twice to win was wasted by Walt’s stupid bullpen mismanagement.For a team that has regained momentum this could be a crusher.I hope not.

Pooter
Pooter
5 years ago

Even though Betancourt was struggling I had complete faith in him getting that third out and Rox winning. That was a very surprising and crappy outcome!

Pooter
Pooter
5 years ago

I read some of your guys Blackmon comments and completely agree. I’m all for Barnes in centerfield right now! Especially when Dickerson returns

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