Colorado Rockies received great pitching from Kerosene,Tommy Kahnle, and Nick Massett. They combined to give up just two runs over the first eight innings to give the Rox a real good chance to win. But the usual toxic habits sank the Rockies – a passed ball and a walk which gave the Dodgers two gifted runs. Juan Uribe doubled with one out in the fourth and Baby Bull had a passed ball which allowed Uribe to move up to third. He eventually scored easily on a sacrifice fly. Latroy Hawkins who is rusty from lack of work issued a four pitch walk to Matt Kemp leading off the ninth. D.J. LeMahieu forgot to put some tar on his mitt dropping briefly a potential double play ball which allowed Kemp to safely move up to second base and instead make the first out at first base. Then Juan Uribe hit a smash right at D.J. which he whiffed allowing Kemp to score the winning run. It was officially a single, but all Rockies fans will tell you that it is an error for not at least knocking down the ball.
The Rockies made a valiant effort to score at least three runs to support the pitching performance, but manufacturing runs in key situations failed on occasions. With two outs in the fifth, LeMahieu singled and moved up to second base on Yaisel Puig’s error. Pinch hitter Josh Rutledge had a beautiful stroke lacing the ball into the gap off Zack Grienke to score the first run reducing the Dodgers lead to 2-1. The Rockies had their best opportunity in the bottom of the eighth which they fell flat on their faces. Nazty singled leading off the inning. Drew Stubbs tried to bunt him over but bunt popped up the elevator. Justin Morneau, possibly the team’s best all around player, tripled to even the score at 2-2. Everybody was ready for the fireworks when Tulo stepped up with Morneau on third base and only one out. Tulo, a poor late-and-close hitter, hit a pop up just beyond third base for a second out. Then NoDo stepped up to try to save the day but took a huge hack at a pitch above his head for the third out.
During the game, the Rockies announced that Jair Jurrgens will start the game Friday night taking Christian Friedrich’s rotation spot. Boone Logan is expected to be activated as well either today or Saturday. Both CarGo and Brett Anderson will be back hopefully right before the ASB, else they will be ready for sure when we start post-ASB play.
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