Garland Hill Too Steep to Climb Up

Jon Garland gave up five runs, seven hits, three walks, and a hit batsman over just five innings when the Dodgers jumped out to a 5-0 lead. Clayton Kershaw helped himself with a two-run double with two outs after Garland intentionally walked the 8-hole hitter to get Kershaw. Garland did not make a statement tonight at all. Drew Pomeranz pitched tonight for the Sky Sox and he didn’t exactly force his way up north just yet with a line of 5.1 IP, 4 ER, 2 BB, 8 SO, and 2 HR. He had to throw 104 pitches (69 strikes).

The Rockies scratched and clawed their way back to a 5-5 tie forcing extra innings with a two-run game tying home run by pinch hitter Todd Helton. Then the bottom half of the Dodger lineup tagged Rafael Betancourt for three hits and two runs in the 10th inning. It resulted in a 7-5 loss keeping the Rockies in a deep slide. The Dodgers’ seven runs were produced by the third lowest run scoring team in all of baseball.

They began play in June with a 28-27 record. With the loss tonight, the Rox began the 15 of 18 games home stretch with three straight losses. They now turn to Jhoulys Chacin and JDLR to stop the free fall. Currently they remain 2.5 games out of first place in the NL West thanks to the Cubs’ 7-2 thumping of Dbacks today. The game tomorrow will be a day game starting at 2:10 pm MT.

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GARY
GARY
7 years ago

I TURNED RADIO OFF[and now caps lock] when it was 5-0.Glad they showed fight,and glad I didn’t have to suffer twice.Is the bullpen starting to show signs of the overwork the last 2-3 games? Glad for Todd.We need him to hit .300 with typical OBP and go out with pride and respect he deserves.

elrodvt
elrodvt
7 years ago

Couple points: 1) After watching Helton all year I think it’s very unlikely he hits even 250. He has to cheat to catch up with the FB so they just pitch him away and let him pop out to left side. 2) Bringing up Pomeranz should wait till he can AVERAGE at least 6 innings per start. Remember he’s in AAA and cannot do that. We can’t afford another Nicasio tearing up the Bullpen. 3) We need a real 4’th… Read more »

elrodvt
elrodvt
7 years ago

Pomeranz last outing. 5.1 innings 103 pitches. You really want that in our rotation with a tired bullpen? 11 starts 61 innings pitched. Pitiful.

Bill
Bill
7 years ago

I disagree. I would bring Pomeranz and Oswalt up and send Nicasio down (or to the pen) and DFA Garland. Some players, both pitchers and hitters, do better in the bigs. Better fields, better groomed infields, better umps etc. We already know that Garland and Nicasio can’t cut it. There going to have to do something with Oswalt soon. Frankly he may only have a certain amount of innings left in that arm before he hurts it again. Let him… Read more »

Julian
Julian
7 years ago

Lots of good comments about a team that is being really disappointing. Here’s my take: Chatwood has earned a job in the rotation for now. He’s more than just a temporary fill in for Francis. Pomeranz needs to stay put in AAA until he can learn how to pitch better and last longer in games. Hopefully, Oswalt continues to pitch well in Tulsa and he joins the rotation. I don’t see another starting pitcher in sight. Maybe Bettis by the… Read more »

elrodvt
elrodvt
7 years ago

Julian, agree with all you said.
It will be interesting to see what happens when Francis is ready. As you say, no way they take Chatwood out of the rotation.

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