The Colorado Rockies’ miserable 2012 morphed legitimately into the Shameful classification Saturday night in Los Angeles, when with eight roster spots available they went with a one-man bench (Jonny Herrera) and were shut-out for the second night in a row by the Dodgers and Matt Kemp 3-0. Tyler Colvin (elbow) and Jason Giambi (you name it) ran the number of unavailable “active” position players to five (out of 14). Kemp had two lead-off solo homers, but the one in the 4th off Colorado starter Tyler Chatwood was sufficient to send the Rockies to their record-setting 96th defeat, leaving 100 losses within reach with 4 games to play.
Hanley Ramirez followed Kemp to the plate after Adrian Gonzalez struck-out in the 4th and singled. Chatwood walked Shane Victorino then got Luiz Cruz with a second strike-out, but AJ Ellis grounded a single to right scoring Ramirez before Chatwood struck out pitcher Joe Blanton and the side. Kemp’s second homer came in the 8th off Josh Roenicke to run the score to 3-0.
Chatwood only went 4 innings, allowing 5 hits, and adding a strike-out of Andre Ethier in the 3rd. Roenicke was one of 6 Colorado relievers to see action. Blanton pitched 6+ scoreless frames for LA. Ronald Belisario, Kenley Jansen, and Brandon League each held the Rockies at-bay for an inning.
Colorado had 7 hits and stuck-out 10 times. They were retired in-order in the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 8th and 9th. Charlie Culberson and Tommy Fields are available to be activated from the 40-man roster, but Rockies’ management fears the cost of a table-dance at Coors Field would have to rise to $25 for 2013 to cover the expense.
The final 2012 match with the Dodgers is Sunday afternoon at 2:10, Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. Jorge De La Rosa goes for Colorado against LA’s Josh Beckett.