Dodgers Upset By Underdogs

Yes, go ahead and pinch yourself. The Rockies shut out Kershaw and the Dodgers, 3-0. Really. If you don’t believe this, take a long cold shower until you are wide awake. Juan Nicasio pitched possibly the best game of his career when he gave up just three hits, a walk, and a hit batsman over seven shutout innings. The best part about his performance was his efficiency, needing only 101 pitches at the office. Colorado raised their record to 45-49 while remaining 4.5 games back of division leader Arizona.

The Rockies drew the first blood of the game when Dexter Fowler started the game with a single and stole second base before DJ LeMahieu moved him to third base with a single. After CarGo struck out, Tulo lifted a high sacrifice fly to short center. Andre Ethier made a boneheaded throw to home well above the cutoff men with no play at the plate that allowed DJLM to move up to second base. Baby Bull stroked a laser up the middle to drive home DJLM for the second run. Colorado added an insurance run in the fifth inning when Nolan Arenado led off with a walk, was sacrificed to second base, and came home on a two out single by DJLM.

Charlie Blackmon made a case to stay with the Rockies the rest of the season when he went 2 for 4 off Kershaw while playing excellent defense in right field especially in the ninth inning running down deep flies with his speed and routes to the ball. CarGo on the other hand had a bad night whiffing four times in four ABs. Half of his swing and misses were at pitches that were not around the strike zone.

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RocketMan
RocketMan
7 years ago

About as good an effort all around as you could ask for, given the match up. And certainly a better result. If only it could be bottled up and saved for use again….

TJinPhoenix
TJinPhoenix
7 years ago

Wow-the other day when we were wondering who was going to pitch this game against Kershaw I almost posted, “Does it matter, really??” But optimism got the best of me and I didn’t post it. Wow was I shocked and impressed. Lets keep momentum and not turn this into a “blind squirrel” scenario…If I’m not mistaken (and I certainly may be) this is a Fox National/Regional (vs Root or Primeticket) game with a larger audience…last time we had that against… Read more »

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
7 years ago

On an unrelated matter, I noticed the Sky Sox box score from last night and saw that Dickerson was in the lineup but not Colvin. Didn’t they both get optioned back down on the same day? What happened to Colvin, did he get lost between LA & Col. Springs. What it is is bad attitude on the part of Colvin. You get 72 hours to report to the minors when you get sent down, and he’ll make sure he takes… Read more »

Bill
Bill
7 years ago

Cisco. I’m not sure if Colvin and Drew are similar. At least attitude wise. Pomeranz has absolutely no confidence and to me his look is befuddlement not arrogance. I could be wrong but here is a kind who dominated at every level but the bigs. And even last year he occassionally had great games. He did out pitch Strasburg, when Strasburg was good, last year. I’m not sure what to make of Colvin. It is perhaps arrogance which is surprising… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
7 years ago

Cisco, I know you know the real answer about why Pomeranz was called up so fast. They had traded Ubaldo before the 2011 deadline, the team was collapsing, and management had to do something fast to try to show that they had a plan. You’re right, in retrospect it made no sense, but this club often makes moves for purely symbolic reasons, assuming that if you give the casual fan something to distract/get excited about you’ll keep them just interested… Read more »

Swede
Swede
7 years ago

The boys made a statement last night. Let’s hope it’s more than a one night stand. Nicasio was impressive. Blackmon’s first at bat made me giggle with each foul ball. Super job getting Kershaw’s pitch count up. Love it!

sabrchip
sabrchip
7 years ago

Blackmon should definitely stay but just not because of one game. Colvin doesn’t appear capable of a big league assignment and Dickerson’s gonna be good but he needs and every day slot not a piece moving around every few days. Nicasio appears to have gotten the message about commanding the fastball low in the zone based upon last night and his starts in the Springs. According to Irv Moss, about the only Post reporter I can stomach and a neighborhood… Read more »

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