BREAKING: Pen melts – for Dodgers

OK, show of hands – how many of you turned tonight’s contest off in the 7th? After a two and a half hour rain delay, and what had all the makings of another Dodger victory after another Rockies bullpen meltdown, I’m sure lots of folks were discouraged. ESPN2 threw up the graphic about how lopsided this year has been: 9 Dodger wins, only 3 for Rockies. They all but counted the 10th.

The first six innings went fairly well. Bolsinger looked like he had no idea how to get his curveball to break, and it was clearly frustrating him. Blackmon greeted a hanger leading off the 1st, driven in by Tulo for the early lead. The Dodgers came back after a brief hailstorm, putting together a couple of hits and scoring on a throw from CarGo that hit Kendrick coming into third (really, really tough to back up that play).

In the 3rd, Bettis took my pregrame advice, drilling Pederson in the elbow. Probably didn’t mean to hit him, but it was definitely a hard inside message. More on that later. Props to Pederson for taking his lump without incident.

In the 5th, Bettis issued a walk to Pederson, followed by a Turner double, and the Dodgers were back ahead. In the bottom of the frame, the top of the Rox lineup was back for more – Blackmon single, LeMahieu single, and Tulo was first pitch swinging again. Except this time, he hit the ball in the left field seats for a 4-2 lead. Bolsinger looked shaken, like his lunch money depended on keeping his ERA below 1.5 or something.

Then we move to the 7th. Bettis was at 102 pitches, so Walt goes for Friedrich. ESPN2 kept touting their pre-game access, saying Walt admitted that Logan and Betancourt would be down tonight. The wear and tear of 4 high stress games in 3 days showed. Friedrich struck out Hernandez, then gave up three straight singles to Pederson, Turner, and Gonzalez. Brooks Brown came in and really hosed things up, four straight balls to Kendrick, and a single to Ethier, followed by another walk. Sutcliffe was muttering, “You can’t do that at this level.” Yes, we can Rick, it’s a fairly regular occurrence actually. Oberg came in and got Buerrero to GIDP, but the damage was done – 5-4 Dodgers.

As for pitching Pederson tough inside to keep him from extending his arms … Oberg apparently missed that text, and Pederson took him oppo in the 8th. The Rockies went very quietly in the bottom of the inning, 1-2-3 to Liberatore. Axford held up his end of the 9th without damage, pitching around a double by Gonzalez.

It was odd though, Mattingly wouldn’t admit he had Kenley Jensen down. He had everybody except Jensen warming, but stayed with Liberatore. McKenry came in and singled, followed by a Blackmon ground rule double. Trip to mound, in comes Yimi Garcia. Several pitches a foot outside and he walks LeMahieu in a tough at bat. I’m thinking of my headline; Tulo drives in 8! Fitting revenge for last night and that shot of Tulo sitting in the dugout, watching the Dodgers celebrate their win. In another tough AB, Tulo walks. Trip to mound, in comes JP Howell. The first pitch he throws gets by a lazy effort by Grandal, GAME TIED. Howell intentionally walks CarGo. Trip to mound. Chris Hatcher, with Ethier doing his left-handed second baseman impersonation on the five man infield.

ARE YOU HIGH? Tie game, bases loaded, no outs, and five man infield?

Call Mike Scioscia and ask how it’s actually supposed to be used. All Arenado needs to do is lift a sac fly into a spacious two-man outfield and this is a RoxWalkOff. And that’s exactly the way it happened.

Like I said in the pre-game, rarely can an outcome be pinned on one play, and tonight’s 7-6 win was a team effort. There was the usual Arenado clinic in the infield. Brandon Barnes made three plays in LF that could have been big problems, including thumping the wall on a backhand catch (in a hard rain, no less), and hunting down another drive in the gap. Blackmon went 4-for-5, was he excited to be on national TV or what (he poached Eduardo Perez’ water bottle during that video room bit)? Tulo was 2-for-3 with 2 BBs and his 5 RBIs. Descalso got a pinch hit single, as did McKenry.

Don’t go away mad, Dodgers, just go away. Pretty cool to see someone else’s pen smoking at the end of a series for a change.

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Julian
Julian
5 years ago

It’s a huge win after the loss the night before. This team has a lot of heart. Now with an off day the bullpen can rest up.

Pooter
Pooter
5 years ago

Huge win indeed! I was really hoping Cargo would get the game winning hit last night, he needs it for his swagger.

Watching the game on ESPN 2 last night of course the topic was pitching at Coors. The Rockies just need to get a staff of hard nose, strike throwing, flame throwers that do not need to adjust arm slots when pitching home and away.

RocketMan
RocketMan
5 years ago

Guilty! Stopped watching at the end of six. Second reverse deja vu in a week. Load the bases with no outs in the ninth? Check. Walk in a run? Check. Passed ball to bring in a second to tie it up? Check. Oh wait, the five man infield? I don’t think we’ve ever done that… Bettis does look better and better. The pen gives up too many big flys, maybe why they’ve done better on the road and at sea… Read more »

sabrchip
sabrchip
5 years ago
Reply to  RocketMan

Hey Rocket,

I was just checking out Cargo’s last seven games. 10 for 27, a .327 clip. Gotta keep him hot.

I don’t mind the big flies as much as the free passes.

Bettis, so far, is earning that huge signing bonus. Wish we could say the same for Friedrich and Gray.

Axford drop his ERA under .60. Looking like a good acquisition there.

Bill
Bill
5 years ago

I needed my beauty sleep so turned it off when we were down 5-4. Figured that was it. When I woke this morning the first thing I did was find the score. Really! 3 in the bottom of the 9th to win! And I missed it. But unless we get the bullpen straighten out it’s gonna be another long season. Starting pitcher is getting better but another inning by Bettis would have meant one less inning for the pen. By… Read more »

sabrchip
sabrchip
5 years ago
Reply to  Bill

A couple beers and nachos at the Rusty Bucket in Lakewood with the game and blues open mic night, relaxed me heavily. Got home turned on the game, got drowsy after Pederson’s blast, hit the R on the DVR went to bed. Woke up this AM, turn’d on the TV saw the game in the menu, checked the score online, ate breakfast, let the Fridge repairman in, watched the game right up until Chuck Nazty’s playing rule double (it’s not… Read more »

Gary
Gary
5 years ago
Reply to  Bill

I believe it was a toe injury,and trying to pitch thru it that ruined Dizzy Dean’s arm.Hope not with Lyles and space age medicine.Lyles luck sucks but he is still young.Only 25 next season I believe.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
5 years ago

Excitedly raising my hand and wagging my hand! I stubbornly stayed up all the way thru the last pitch of the game cuz I just wanted to pay back the Dodgers even though there was little hope of doing it the way the Dodgers have manhandled us up to that point. Fort McKenry, Chuck_Nazty, and DJLM all had great ABs patiently waiting for a pitch over the plate rather than swinging at everything. I was prepared for another heart-breaker thinking… Read more »

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
5 years ago
Reply to  DonnyDinger

“Altitude sickness” – is that physical or mental? This term sounds fishy to me; are they trying to cover up another ailment?

Bob K.
Bob K.
5 years ago

It is physical.

This was taken from MLB Trade Rumors.

“After the game, the team said that Jansen “wasn’t feeling well, while ESPN’s Rick Sutcliffe tweeted that he was “sending [his] prayers” to the Dodgers and their closer, adding to the intrigue. The outstanding power pitcher has dealt with heart issues in the past, including experiencing an irregular heartbeat while in Denver.”

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  Bob K.

This is nothing to make fun of – and please don’t construe the following comment as making light of the situation. That being said – this is an example (albeit extreme) of what I’ve always said. We can use the 5280 ft elevation to our adavantage. In fact, we can make extreme use of it. Instead, recently (last few years) it seems as though we make excuses, and have built a team that doesn’t really take advantage of it. We… Read more »

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
5 years ago
Reply to  DonnyDinger

http://www.mlbdailydish.com/2015/6/4/8729221/kenley-jansen-absence-dodgers

No clear reason that Jansen was not available, but it sounds like it is not related to his irregular heartbeats. Whew! At the same time, it sounded like Mattingly and Jansen aren’t seeing eye-to-eye.

roxnsox
roxnsox
5 years ago

I set the DVR when the second rain came in, to the max time allowed. Semi-speed watched this morning while “at my desk” (how I love working from home), and the recording ended with men on 2nd and 3rd, no outs! Eeeek! Really great to be rewarded in my belief that they *could* pull it out, when I got on RWO and read Donny’s great recap. They’re playing better for sure; they’re definitely watchable! My minimum requirement for the season.… Read more »

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