Jordan Lyles (7-4, 4.33) was tripping along nicely at less than 70 pitches as he faced pinch-hitter Darwin Barney to open the bottom of the 6th. The Colorado Rockies had a 3-1 lead thanks to a Justin Morneau blast in the 3rd, and Lyles had kept the Los Angeles Dodgers pretty much “at-bay,” with the exception of Dee Gordon, the most frightening man in the world. Barney singled, and this brought Gordon to the plate, and he ran-out a bunt, moving Barney to 2nd. Joc Pederson popped-out, but Scott Van Slyke followed with another single, scoring Barney, then the Rockies, particularly Lyles, who failed to back-up home, bungled Charlie Blackmon’s throw back to the infield, leaving Gordon at 3rd and Van Slyke at 2nd for Justin Turner, who knocked them both in. Eleven Dodgers eventually came to the plate, and the Dodgers scored 6 to defeat Colorado 7-4 Friday night at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.
The Rockies had loaded the bases with one out in the top of the 6th, but DJ LeMahieu and Lyles failed to deliver. They had Rafael Ynoa and Morneau on 1st and 2nd in the 7th for a single by Big Money Michael Cuddyer, but Ynoa was cut-down on a controversial call at the plate and Drew Stubbs and Wilin Rosario went-down on strikes. All-in-all it was a sloppy performance for Colorado, which also saw Blackmon, “Chuck Nazty,” get picked-off 2nd base ahead of the Morneau homer. I just wanna use your love tonight.
Ben Paulsen had a 2-out, too-late home run in the 9th, subbing for Morneau, who went 2 for 3 and leads the National League in hitting over Pittsburgh’s Josh Harrison by a point. LaTroy Hawkins retired Erisbel Arruebarrena and Drew Butera to close-out the 8th in his 999th Major League appearance.
Down in Phoenix, where the St Louis Cardinals pulled-out a 10th inning victory over the Diamondbacks to maintain their one game lead over the Pirates, who earlier defeated Cincinnati, in the NL Central, Arizona manager Kirk Gibson and bench coach Alan Trammell were relieved of their duties. Like Frank Wren in Atlanta, a pitching staff decimated by injury before the season even started wasn’t sufficient cover for poor performance. But everybody’s coming back over in LoDo.
The Kansas City Royals secured a playoff spot with a win over the White Sox in Chicago. Detroit lost to the Twins, and the AL Central, like that in the NL, is a one game battle with two to go. Oakland and Seattle were both victorious, and the Mariners now have no margin. The A’s are in with a win.
And there are still two more in LA. Eddie Butler gets his third big league start tonight for the Rockies against Dan Haren of the Dodgers. Game time is 7:10 MDT at Chavez Ravine.