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.